The Denver Post is ending commenting on July 1. Here’s why.

The Denver Post: We have long valued the comments section of our website as a place to raise differing viewpoints, let us know voices we might have missed, point out errors or confusing language — and let readers engage in a lively debate.

But, unfortunately, we have also witnessed our commenting section becoming an uncivil place that drives readers away and opens those trying to engage in thoughtful conversation to hateful, personal attacks.

The Denver Post has tried a variety of approaches over the years to counter that, including encouraging our journalists to engage with commenters and adding layers of controls around our moderation with professional full-time moderators.

None of it managed to make our commenting section the productive space for engagement we envisioned.

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