I like how you note that "Arena Role play can be 1v1" but don't indicate that a 1v1 can be an Arena thread.
Ewwwww @ "Perceptions."
Advanced RPing only requires a single paragraph of "Action" and "Reaction" to qualify, too... so...
You can also create a "story based character" in reverse.
As in, build game elements, and then rationalize them.
"Personality and history are immensely important in crafting your character, in helping others understand who your character is, what his/her motivations are, and how (s)he fits into a group." <-Lies.
Well, I'll give Personality... but history is typically unrelated nonsense that has no baring on the RP 9/10.
Your note on conflicting personality traits is down right false. :\
"If you combine the history and personality sections you will see two examples. One of an indecipherable Mary Sue, a character of which is generally regarded as an attempt to be perfect in every manner and begs for attention, and the other is a decently constructed, straightforward character whom is easy to understand with a mix of strengths and weaknesses. Naturally edited slightly to make sure that the English flows smoothly."
That needs to go away.
"When making a character, choose who they are and stick to it." Because it's better to have a 1 dimensional character than a supposed "Mary Sue." X|