I started thinking about this after my wife demanded that I optimize a 3.0 barbarian character. I never paid much attention to martial optimization back in 3.0 though, so I don't know how to think about it. And unfortunately, it looks like most contemporaneous records were lost in the various forum collapses.
What were the major themes in optimizing a Barbarian-like character in 3.0 (not 3.5)? Were there a few specific builds generally recognizable as archetypal optimizations, or was it a wide open field?
I'm interested in any specific builds which are relevant to this answer, but I am most interested in understanding how optimizers were thinking then.