At a certain point last year, it seemed that the comment section of every post MLBTR wrote involving domestic violence, politics, or COVID-19 devolved into a trainwreck of insults and arguments. Rather than use our employees’ time to moderate the comment section, I decided to close comments entirely on these topics. I didn’t start MLBTR with the goal of hosting or moderating arguments on these topics, but they are inextricably linked with baseball. Judging from the emails I received last week and the comments left on unrelated posts, many MLBTR readers would like a space in our commenting section to discuss MLB’s decision to move the All-Star Game out of Georgia.
I think one potential improvement we can make is to introduce a mute button, giving you the power to mute all the comments and threads by a particular person. I’ve talked to our developers, and this is a feature we can create. We will probably have it ready by the end of the month.
MLB Trade Rumors wouldn’t exist without you, and if the majority of our reader base wants open commenting on sensitive topics, it’s something I have to consider. I’m not sure yet whether it is a majority, but it’s time to find out. Before any decisions are made, I’d like to gather poll data to see specifically what MLBTR readers want. Please take a few minutes and fill out this survey. Click here to view the survey results.