Among the things we’re proud of providing here at MinnPost — in addition to in-depth news and analysis about the issues that are most important to Minnesotans — is a civil and worthwhile comments section. At their best, we hope comments on our stories provide new information or perspectives, or at least add some welcome levity.
To ensure the comments meet the standards laid out in our commenting policy, we rely on a small team of dedicated volunteer comment moderators to review every comment — no comment gets posted on our site without being reviewed by an actual human being. Our gratitude to the moderator team can’t be overstated — reviewing all these comments is a lot of work.
In a recent review of our comment data, we realized that a very high number of the comments that don’t meet our standards and must be rejected by moderators come from just a small group of users. That’s why we’ve decided that, starting today, in addition to our usual comment moderating we will be periodically reviewing comment rejection rates and banning from commenting those users who have a high percentage of comments that violate our standards.
For the vast majority of commenters who keep their comments civil and on topic, and avoid directing personal attacks at other commenters, this will represent no change. But we hope these changes will improve the overall tone of our comments sections and save our moderators a bit of work.
On an Internet rife with (sometimes deserved) “don’t read the comments” cynicism, we’re thankful that MinnPost readers by and large live up to a higher standard that makes our comments worth reading. Thanks for reading and for adding your thoughtful commentary.