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thejeff wrote:And we're saying that they don't need to tell us that. Presumably their character is really good at X, Y, and Z and they need help to make it so. /Picard
"What would make my character's backstory more interesting?" is not what he was saying.
He was saying, as you quoted: "People aren't saying 'I have this really awesome character concept, but I just can't find the rules, classes, and/or feats to make it work. Here's the story, help me make it a reality.' ”
You're arguing against something that wasn't said.
Indeed, why to bother others with the background when they could just could just say "I envisioned my character doing X,Y, and Z".
As pointed out so many times, people not mentioning their character background in the forum tells absolutely nothing about their roleplaying preferences.