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That's it--if you understand "civil" then you understand what kind of place eikaiwa.net is meant to be.

On the other hand . . .

If you're not sure what "civil" means or think it's too much to ask, or you want all the fine print, then you should read the following before agreeing . . . . . or not.

Webster's dictionary defines "civil" as "adhering to the norms of polite social intercourse; not deficient in common courtesy." Webster's goes on to state that "civil" implies "avoidance of rudeness to others" and suggests a "minimum of observance of social requirements."

The last point means it is not actually necessary to be friendly, only civil. We hope that eikaiwa.net will be a friendly place, but in discussing some topics "civility" is perhaps the most we can hope for. In any case, the rule of "civility" will be strictly enforced.

So, how may we be civil while discussing something that we feel strongly about in the face of someone else whose position is just so wrong, so terribly wrong, that we want to attack? Well, the way to do that is to attack their ideas with ideas of your own in a civil manner.

The wrong way--the uncivil way-- is to attack them personally.

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