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The Tech invites our readership to post comments on the articles on this website. We hope to engage the MIT Community and others outside of the community who care about our affairs, and to be a place of civil, thoughtful debate.

Good comments add to civil discussion. They are relevant to the article upon which the post is created. They are more substantial than a single exclamation. We would like to see a variety of viewpoints expressed concisely and politely, which add dimension to the story or raise important questions.

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"Can I criticize The Tech?" Absolutely, as long as your criticism is presented in a civil way. We read the comments and constructive criticism will improve us. Baseless criticism helps no one and doesn't contribute to the debate.

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