One party to a philosophical disagreement, wherein the representatives of each opposing side unreservedly maintain their correctness on the matter of dispute, may bring the disagreement to the moderators for the consideration and, if accepted, arbitration of a philosophical death match, in which the loser is permanently banned from the community.Please address all moderator inquiries via LiveJournal messaging:
The right of kumite is only granted under exceptional circumstances in which one or more moderators concede, on the merits of a plea tendered by the challenger, that the philosophical points of contention are clear, irreconcilable, and held without reservation by the respective parties; a kumite is an exceptional event, can not be granted regularly, and in the interest of peace and harmony, may not even be granted even if the aforementioned criteria are nominally satisfied. We ask that community members do not make frivolous pleas or issue challenges motivated by anything less than an absolute conviction in one's ideas.
If however the plea is accepted by a moderator, the defender may reserve the right to forfeit the challenge provided he or she makes a public and unconditional statement of concession regarding the matter in question.
If however the challenge is accepted by the defender, a philosophical melee to the death will ensue. Arguments will be evaluated on rational merit, rhetorical skill, demonstrations of scholarship regarding the disputed issue, evidence from relevant philosophical sources, and above all the ability of one party to clearly and convincingly dismantle the position of his or her opponent.
Given clear and unambiguous demonstrations to this effect, a winner will be declared, and the loser will be cast out of the community -- for eternity.