The question is this: how do YOU (the player) feel about RPers using their PvE/PvP achievements to up their 'RP power'?
Aka, do you acknowledge somebody as being stupidly OP because 'he killed heroic rags' when half the server is still struggling on normal Domo? What about that other player that eats H DW for breakfast and does weekly mount sales with his guild? Or how about that other guy that went out of his way to farm up Corrupted Ashbringer and is now suddenly, "THE MAN OF THE CRUSADE"?
I am rather conflicted about this. I think at best, PvE and PvP stuff should SUPPLEMENT your RP, not be the backbone of it.
I can accept a RPer RPing a mighty general, and then proceeding to work his butt off for the gear that makes him all the more intimidating. It makes the RP more believable on a visual sense. However I dislike the idea of him /dueling everyone into submission fully knowing half the folks in the tavern can't even dent him in a real duel. I also dislike the idea of anyone citing their own achievements and saying "THEREFORE, I AM RPWISE MORE POWERFUL THAN YOU". I think that sort of 'RP status/respect' should be earned from your RPing with RP folks and not your bashing your head against a wall with 9/24 other people on weekly basis.
People citing their own game achs in order to claim 'RP' superiority turns me off, completely. People aren't blind. If you are in a community and you belong to the raid that gets realm first H DW, folks will know. Whether they decide to credit that to your IC RP character is up to them (and they have the full right not to). Citing it YOURSELF (aka tooting your own horn) just makes me reel. "I AM A GLADIATOR, SEE MY GEAR, I SHOULD BE TROUNCING YOU IN THIS RP BRAWL HANDS DOWN" <--- this attitude disgusts me.
I also apply it to mounts. The sandstone drake is pretty cool and all (and I have it and it is quite useful), but seeing folks (HERE'S LOOKING AT YOU, DRUIDS) 'suddenly' being able to turn into a stone dragon over night 'just cuz'...Yes, sure, it's your RP...but in a way I cannot help but get the 'laaaaaaame' feeling from it. On the other hand I find the idea of a necromancer RPer riding around exclusively on a frost wyrm/anything skeletal very theme-fitting. I also get that 'laaaaaaame' feeling with certain lore weapons and anyone RPing that theirs is THE ONE AND ONLY (I think there was a fiasco about this on MG a while ago). I'm OK with somebody getting lucky and getting it drop and using it as a prop (aka shiny weapon to look cool), I'm not too OK with somebody swinging it around, declaring it loudly and basically using it as a spotlight magnet.
I cannot help but feel (and obviously some people are going to say 'nay' on this) that folks who do that suffers from the 'omg shiny/cool!' syndrome. E.g. you see something shiny/new/cool and you can't help but get it and show it off IMMEDIATELY, and what better venue to show it off in RP where everyone IC HAS to look your way? (cue people going 'nope, you can look away if you don't like it, not your business' here)
And before anyone says anything about me "only believing such before I'm one of those RPers that doesn't raid, only do dailies and hang out in SW/SMC, thinks it's unfair hardcores gets to have toys, etc", I can say I do raid -_- quite a bit.
I guess in the grand scale of things, I fall somewhere in the middle of the pack, accepting some and unable to tolerate others. What is yours?