Mostly I like to think; I see both combat and some of the RP (skill challenges?) as problem solving activities that constantly update from round-to-round. Ideally there'd be a healthy mix of story and "beatface" while having a jolly good time socializing with the others as well. Just don't expect me to LARP much. :)
For the most part, I'd consider myself an "advanced beginner" (which is to say, almost but not-quite intermediate). Most of my D&D experience has been via play-by-post at dndonlinegames.com (same username if you want to go search and see). I've done some 3.5 gaming in the Forgotten Realms setting over OpenRPG in the past with a few people I met back in my major MUD days.