Dungeon Master of Middle-earth
I don't know what point this paragraph is attempting to make, but it seems like somewhat of a mischaracterization of someone else's playstyle, particularly where you state "That description may be required to qualify for a check", and "The player had to describe how they searched the door for traps adequately before they got a roll to find the trap." It seems to presume the player's goal is "to qualify for" or "to get" a roll, whereas what's truly desired is the auto-success you also mention.Some people have stated that the player must describe what they are doing along with what they are trying to achieve. That description may be required to qualify for a check or may mean that they automatically succeed. An example given was for a trap door. The player had to describe how they searched the door for traps adequately before they got a roll to find the trap. Once the trap was discovered another player (not the rogue) described how they disabled the trap. No check was required.
I think that would fit in with the fifth option on the poll: the player states their character's goal/intention (i.e. finding a trap) and rolls without being asked by the DM.When I DM, checking for a trap is as simple as declaring you want to find a trap and rolling a die.
Again, this would be poll option 5 (and maybe 6 or 8 in the case of the player who merely asks "Check for traps?"), the stated or implied goals being "to detect traps" and "to unlock the door".I don't care how the action is declared or what language is used. If I describe a chest that the players are interested in a simple "Check for traps?" is all they need. If they're at a locked door an experienced player can roll a D20 and state "18 to unlock?" They've adequately told me what their PC is doing.
Okay, then you might also choose the options that don't require the player to state an intent.I never require goal or intent because I don't judge success or failure based on those factors. If a chicken is crossing a road, I don't really care why. As a DM all I care about whether or not there's a truck coming that will require a check to see if the chicken can avoid becoming roadkill. The why will be revealed as part of the ongoing play if it's important.