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To comment on a story in malayal.am, the readers have currently two choices. One is the facebook social plugin and the other is the default drupal comment module which make use of the content management system. Users are free to comment in either English or Malayalam or both. But please refrain from using Manglish in comments. Also, avoid all-caps, when commenting in English.
Facebook social plugin:
Facebook social plugin helps spread our content and keep your comment with your own facebook account. Legal responsibility over the content, you post using your facebook account is governed according to the terms of facebook user policy and malayal.am will not be liable for any irresponsible / unlawful / derogatory activities in which, a facebook user involve. We just display whatever content you post using this plugin with the help of an API, but are not retrieved or saved in our servers. Comments posted using this system is free from moderation as we have no control over the stuff provided. If a user who once commented using facebook social plugin delete their facebook account, the comments s/he put shall be automatically removed from the stream.
Drupal comment system:
The default drupal comment system make use of our CMS. Though, anonymous comments are allowed, we encourage commenting using your legitimate malayal.am account. You could register/sign-up for an account here. We expect all contributors to be respectful. Users are responsible for what they post and we share the responsibility of what is published.
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