First of all, thanks to everyone who participated in our surveys. We are very grateful for your feedback.
It’s probably no real surprise to anyone, but the majority of you – 71%, in fact – think we should continue the comments section.
And 75% of you said that you find the comments section to be valuable; 27% find it to be extremely valuable.
But for those of you who said that the comments are driven by a small group of frequent commenters, you’re correct. Only 20% of survey respondents say that they comment more than once a month. The rest of you either comment really infrequently or not at all.
That’s a shame, because the whole point of the comments section is to hear from everyone, to provide what we like to call a ‘digital town square.’ Our readership is diverse, and includes many who are presently or formerly involved in a wide range of civic activities. If we only get to hear the loudest voices, we all lose out.
But what’s most encouraging to us is the encouragement we get from you. When asked if our news coverage meets your needs, 95% gave us a positive response, with only 5% responding ‘not so well.’
So, as you may have noticed, the comments section remains. But we’ll ask again, nicely: please be civil. Keep your comments relevant to the article at hand. And again, thanks for the input.
We will get back to you on the second and more complicated question of anonymous postings…