The Monster Manual on Class Skills, in part, says
Any skill in which a monster has acquired at least one rank or in which the creature has a racial bonus is considered a class skill for that kind of creature. Some monsters, such as the true dragons, have their class skills explicitly listed. Other monsters’ class skills can be determined from their statistics blocks. (307)
(Emphasis mine.) This statement's repeated as late as the Monster Manual V in its Glossary entry on class skills (208). However, prior to reading about this rule in the various Cooper's Compendiums, it'd never even occurred to me to apply this rule to races that advance using class levels.
For example, this rule may mean that the typical Player's Handbook elf (15–16) has as class skills the skills Listen, Search, and Spot… and the Player's Handbook makes no mention at all of this boon! Further, this may mean that the elven wizard substitution levels (Races of the Wild 157) that adds Search to an elf wizard's list of wizard class skills at each level its taken is actually usually doing diddly in this regard, the typical elf already having Search as a class skill because of the typical elf's racial bonus on Search skill checks. (Of course, not all kinds of elves have a bonus on Search skill checks, so the ability may still be useful, but still….)
And while this rule has little impact on most creatures PCs face in battle, it's at least interesting that a creature that becomes a lich (MM 166–8) gains as class skills forever the skills Hide, Listen, Move Silently, Search, Sense Motive, and Spot, and that a creature that becomes a vampire (250–3) gains as class skills forever the skills Bluff, Hide, Listen, Move Silently, Search, Sense Motive, and Spot.
Using the rules-as-written does the Monster Manual rule that's quoted above really mean that all creatures—including PCs—treat as class skills for all of their classes any skill to which the creature's race grants a racial bonus? Or is there an exception clause somewhere for PCs, races that advance by class level, or something? For example, does the typical lightfoot halfling (PH 19–20 and MM 149–50) cleric also have Climb, Hide, Jump, and Listen as class skills?
- If a race does receive as class skills the skills with which the race has racial bonuses, does a race that possesses a bonus on some skill uses with a skill have the whole skill as a class skill? For example, does the typical hill dwarf (PH 14–15 and MM 91–2) fighter gain the skills Appraise and Search (Craft already being a fighter class skill), despite hill dwarves only receiving racial bonus on skill checks with these skills in particular circumstances?
Is this a settled issue, and the dnd-3.5e community long ago agreed to either ignore this rule when it comes to PCs and NPCs that advance by class level or embrace this rule when it comes to such creatures, its impact so obvious that it goes unmentioned by the community? Or has this issue been largely ignored by the community?