I've already said what I wanted to say on the matter and got a little worked up about the response I got, so i'm going to have another go in the hopes that it doesn't devolve into another sledging match.
Do I feel that IC'ing is an essential part of fedding, should those who do it be rewarded greater than those who don't? No, I don't think so on both accounts. I liked Bears analogy about the icing, sprinkles etc to some it's a nice added extra, but to others like myself the cake (or the promo) is enough. I see the benefits to IC'ing, I do, as a couple have indicated it's a good way to give creative an idea of who to feud, it's also a good way to interact with other characters. But the scale and lengths to which some people go to, for lack of a better word, is boring to me.
B-Mac hit the nail on the head when stating that some of the stuff that comes out is 'poop', because it's just a few one liners that in the grand scheme of things are inconsequential to me. I feel some people do become intimidated by those who put a little effort in, who choose to put some thought into what they say are write a couple paragraphs or so, most likely because a lot of people do see this as a competition to be the best. Which in my opinion is why we see so many drawn out IC conversations consisting of one or two sentences per post that don't end up going anywhere, this isn't REAL character development surely?
I for one would feel much more inclined to read and get involved if there was more effort and planning put into these exchanges, if people elaborated on the points of view and gave a good descriptive account of what they actually meant. When I read a sentence along the lines of:
Generic Wrestler: I'm here at the arena, where is everyone!? Are you too afraid to fight me!? Rawr.
I just shrug and move on because that doesn't engage me, it doesn't enrich me at all so I don't feel inclined to involve myself. Sometimes I look at 2-3 pages of the same two people just exchanging sentence after sentence after sentence and I can't help but feel this is some strange hardcore roleplaying session going on.
Returning to my point about people seeing IC work as a chance to get one over on a potential opponent through the use of snappy one liners or insults about grammar or language, that just puts me off even more. Where's the team work? Why aren't people helping each other get over? Why is all of this stuff oriented towards one single minded goal to being recognised as the victor in this particular verbal joust? If people collaborated a little bit more and gave me something truly interesting that is worth reading, then I might see IC'ing as a more valid method of expression to get your name about a little.
And if that's not good enough then sentence me to 40 lashes.