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Update: Since 29 March 2013, comments on Kafila need to be posted through a WordPress, Twitter or Facebook login. If you have none of these, click at the WordPress button below the comment box in any post and follow the steps to get yourself a WordPress.com login ID. We regret the inconvenience.

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We look forward eagerly to your visits and your comments, including political/intellectual criticism. However, comments are considered submissions and we reserve the right to not publish them.

Please note:

1. Personal attacks are not okay. Passionate, even angry critiques are great, but you want to hold off on the invective. This is an online forum, not a prize contest on the bad words we are sure everyone knows.

2. We want Kafila to be a forum in which we can explore complex ideas together. Polarised for/against debates or Big Fight-type slanging matches do not help us develop our ideas, but freeze us into unalterable positions.

3. All of us who write here have an investment in the issues posed in Kafila. So for us these exchanges are not merely academic or for point-scoring.

4. We are a collective of equals and do not have a CEO. The posts published on Kafila belong to their authors. The author of a post has the right to deal with comments on a post made by her or him. There are some of us who share administrative tasks but we merely help the rest.

5. Comments posted on Kafila are held for moderation and may take up some time to appear. The authors of posts reserve the right to not publish a comment, to delete one after having published it, or to close a thread. Our archives speak of our tolerance of diagreement, debate and dissent; our only concern is to keep the debate civil and relevant. While authors are not bound to explain their decision, we try as far as possible to ensure that all voices and views are given fair airing. Off-topic comments, that is, comments that are in no relation to to posts or the discussion, may also be disallowed.

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