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5/13/2014 11:00:00 AM
Pvvt.com moves to Facebook comments
Greetings fellow readers! Our pvvt.com comments section, and all relative Western News&Info Inc. online publications will be implementing a change to our overall article comments system very soon. We are rolling out Facebook comments over the next few months.
Greetings fellow readers! Our pvvt.com comments section, and all relative Western News&Info Inc. online publications will be implementing a change to our overall article comments system very soon. We are rolling out Facebook comments over the next few months.

BLYTHE, Calif. - Greetings fellow readers! Our pvvt.com comments section, and all relative Western News&Info Inc. online publications (Palo Verde Valley Times) will be implementing a change to our overall article comments system very soon.

In addition to that, we will be implementing some other slight design modifications and adding some new social media sharing tools, so please pardon our virtual dust. WNI and Palo Verde Valley Times has put a LOT of time, thought and effort into these changes, and we hope you will grow to love them as we do.

In short, we are rolling out Facebook comments over the next few months. Afterwards, the current comment system we're currently using will be disabled. We apologize for any inconvenience.

What does it mean for you?

First, it will mean registration if you aren't already registered with Facebook. This decision allows us to better track and moderate comments using Facebook's social media tools.

If you aren't registered with Facebook, the link to create a new account is here: www.facebook.com

We know some of you folks prefer keeping the current anonymous comment system, but unfortunately, this decision has been in the works for quite some time. Thus, very soon a Facebook account will be required in order to continue contributing to pvvt.com's diverse cross-section of viewpoints through our comments section. Our current comment system will be phased out shortly thereafter.

We want you to keep the conversations going, and Facebook allows us to more efficiently do this. We feel it is crucial for our readers to keep contributing input so we can continue delivering the best local community news possible.

It is an ever ongoing process to create, maintain and try to make our online sites as functional, interactive, up-to-date & beautiful as possible just for YOU, our loyal readers. We do this free-of-charge, on a daily-basis and do our best to duplicate our print publication on this digital platform. More importantly, we do it for the love of our community.



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Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, May 15, 2014
Article comment by: Mary Brown

I agree with Bob Weete. Freedom of speech. If you have an opinion by all means let people know just don't hide behind a screen name. I applaud the people who use their real name when posting on this site. I laugh when I read some posts and others I applaud for their opinion just they didn't give name to be given recognition for being on target with opinion.

Posted: Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Article comment by: EL PICA BUYAS

Well I got my facebook account ready. still trying to make it into EL PICA BUYAS.

So my new handle will be John Doe in Spanish. Can't wait to try it. See you soon.


Posted: Monday, May 12, 2014
Article comment by: Steve Palermo

@ Bob Weete: I had a VPN set up at one time, it got to the point I was unable to log on to my ISP, it would drop out. I tried the switch setting by the manufacturer, finally had to remove the thing to get a reliable internet link. As for TOR, there are so many hacks available now, that I seriously doubt, someone with the NSA's resources couldn't pin your particular address down and use a factory back door to view whatever software they wanted to monitor. It is predictable that within 5 years we will all be on a "cloud" somewhere, with unknown entities able to access our individual correspondence over the web. Microsoft is now pushing "Windows Cloud" right now. The scary thing is the big push to move SCADA systems like those used in water treatment, sewage treatment, gas, oil and nuclear plants to monitor and control the systems. Imagine a nuclear plant's SCADA in a cloud somewhere on the internet. Just like real life, if someone wants a piece of you, they will find a way.

Posted: Sunday, May 11, 2014
Article comment by: Consumer Reports

@ bob weete, I agree with you. Don't include me in that tin hat club. I think it's a bad idea too.

Posted: Saturday, May 10, 2014
Article comment by: @ Bob Weete

Serious @Bob Weete? "(I) continue to put words in your mouth"?

First, that's a dumb statement - it makes almost no sense.

Second, you were the one that said, "Unfortunately, because of people like you, It may not change in the way you are thinking. Liberals are prone to claim we Conservatives have "closed minds""

See if you can't loosen up the fit on that tin-foil helmet you are wearing just a bit. I'm just pointing out how dumb this Facebook switch is.

@Steve Palermo and @Consumer Reports, do a little research on something called TOR (The Onion Router) and VPN (Virtual Private Network). If you understand how those work, and you understand how you can spoof an email and spoof a Facebook account, you'll understand that this is the dumbest idea ever.



Posted: Thursday, May 8, 2014
Article comment by: Consumer Reports

Facebook collects more data than you may imagine. For example, did you know that Facebook gets a report every time you visit a site with a Facebook “Like” button, even if you never click the button, are not a Facebook user, or are not logged in?
Your data is shared more widely than you may wish. Even if you have restricted your information to be seen by friends only, a friend who is using a Facebook app could allow your data to be transferred to a third party without your knowledge.
Legal protections are spotty. U.S. online privacy laws are weaker than those of Europe and much of the world, so you have few federal rights to see and control most of the information that social networks collect about you.And problems are on the rise. Eleven percent of households using Facebook said they had trouble last year, ranging from someone using their log-in without permission to being harassed or threatened. That projects to 7 million households — 30 percent more than last year.


Posted: Thursday, May 8, 2014
Article comment by: Steve Palermo

It all comes down to the bottom line. The paper won't have to spend employee hours moderating the blog. The other up side for the paper is they are insulating themselves from any legal entanglements by using Facebook, their policy and blog moderation to "police" the civility of the comments. Recent news items seem to point to the willingness of Facebook to allow the NSA to listen in to all of the chatter. Of course the NSA is "just" data mining and it's no threat to your civil rights, yeah right. Let's just put the paper online in Facebook and make it easier for the paper and the NSA.

Posted: Thursday, May 8, 2014
Article comment by: @It won't change

You continue to put words in my mouth. I don't believe I have said they are automatically a "bad" person. Just said they are ever so frequently to be negative about some re-interpretation, with seldom anything positive.

Posted: Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Article comment by: It won't Change things

@Bob Weete, why the assumptions that I am some villainous person? Because I used a nome de plume to post the mere fact that Facebook won't act as a filter? That Facebook accounts can be spoofed, and are very frequently? That Facebook isn't going to be a gateway to civility? You obviously haven't spent any time on Facebook and seen what happens there - nor has the PV Times.

But, lets get to this idea of yours that anyone not using their name is a bad person. A malcontent, as you say.

You know who didn't use their names when discussing the direction government should go? The Founding Fathers. Look at the Federalist Papers (have you ever even read them?). Yes, the great men that created this country did the same thing that people do here in the comments section. Don't believe me? Give the Federalist Papers a read some time.


Posted: Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Article comment by: Ike .

Well, good luck with that. BYE!!

Posted: Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Article comment by: @It won't change

Unfortunately, because of people like you, It may not change in the way you are thinking. Liberals are prone to claim we Conservatives have "closed minds", when, IF one is interested, is, in fact true -- about the liberals. You vill haf der tings YOUR way. Or else! Dumkaff! Change can happen, when you are willing, yourself. Those who are determined to flash their ignorance, their venom, their bull-headness for all to see and admire WILL FIND A WAY. The same with crooks, thieves, and other malcontents will find a way to do their thing, regardless of laws, human ethics, or anything else. Sad, really. Bob Weete

Posted: Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Article comment by: It won't Change things

If you really think by requiring Facebook you are going to stop people from posting under whatever handle they want, you really don't know Facebook.

Anyone can create multiple personas on Facebook - all it requires is an email address and those are free and easy to get in any name you want.

Don't expect that things will be different in the comments section - they won't. You'll just have trolls using multiple Facebook pages - just like they do on Facebook.

Just poke around Facebook for a while - you'll see what I mean. Here's my suggestion: do some research before rolling something out and saying it's the next best thing. You may find you are 3 years behind the curve. Mark my words Richard Teske and Bob Weete - nothing will change.


Posted: Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Article comment by: Richard Teskey

100% great move PVVT's and it is about TIME!!!!!! I have been saying to do this for years! Welcome aboard PVVT'S and I support this move 100%!!

Posted: Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Article comment by: EL PICA BUYAS

Facebook bad IDEA. I have a facebook account under El P So I could careless.But Now someone here on the paper is every Bias and they will only place what you write in sometimes,that's if it does not against their agenda.

So it will not affect me. I have not written in here because of that. Also now you have the fear factor. They will bully you and your family on facebook. It has gotten even uglier than ever here, and you want people to put their names out. Good luck.


Posted: Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Article comment by: Bob Weete

Hey! This could be a great idea. I depends on whether we REALLY want "freedom of speech" or not. Before, we were "free" to be hateful, vindictive, stupid, and avoid any responsible behavior on their part. Those who don't wish to be responsible people will just drop out. No problem. On the other hand, those who wish to have real, meaningful discussions on a topic are free to do so. Of course, there is always the underlying intimidating fear you tires will get slashed. Maybe they won't write, either. Sad.


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