Well here is what I'd say to that; Diplomacy isn't JUST from posting openly as you call it. You can infer diplomacy for certain things. If agreements are made it can be inferred that there was Diplomacy behind it, in fact the agreement itself IS diplomacy. So when you convince someone to open borders that is diplomacy, when someone announces a tech trade, that is diplomacy, when there are religious agreements or MUTUAL DEFENSE AGAINST BARBARIAN agreements that is Diplomacy. For instance, the Greeks, Mayans and Koreans are currently in negotiations over certain issues, hardly any of it is public. This does not mean it is not occuring, and if an agreement does come out of the negotiations that is also diplomacy. You don't need to literally SEE it to know its happening. That said, you can also vote based on what is going on with you. Say I am getting private messages from civs that are negotiating with me, or conducting diplomacy, I can vote for them. Would they get more votes by making their negotiations public? Probably, but its up to them to do that. Also even story posts contain diplomacy, you can't ONLY think about the direct messages that appear in the forums you have to look at the broad swath of diplomacy.Originally posted by Pitboss Vikings
yep the silly thing with the voting system is that you cant vote for most of the categorys as you dont see it.
Story telling is ok as it open for all
but diplo seems most are hding their discussions. so no votes for anyone there, actually it peeve me a littel to see people getting lots of votes in this category when so little has been done openly.
and military, well how you get votes for that. perhaps we shoud all post our kill lists every month.
As for the military thing; military activity is also a wing of Diplomacy, so its not only kills (most of which are probably barbarians right now) but its tactics, its what is gained by military. There are a lot of intangibles to consider in the military category too. For instance the Greeks sent out exploratory units which diminish the liklihood of barbarians. He can't show you a statistic showing this occuring, but its a lot better than (no offense) the Americans who lost a city to them and then had to get it back. In some people's minds the Americans may get more military points for regaining their city, but in other people's minds the Greeks should get more for preventing that issue from coming up altogether. I guess my point is that its better than using hard-coded numbers, because why even vote in the first place?