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GOOD NEWS FOR PLANET READERS: NEW & IMPROVED VERSION OF SITE DEBUTS MONDAY!

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BY DAN VALENTI

PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY

(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THE WEEKEND EDITION OCT. 25-7, 2019) — We have exciting news to share about THE PLANET. Our new and improved site will debut Monday.

Ten years ago, we started this website as a writing exercise to warm up for our day’s assignments. They were never meant to be published, but eventually we realized people might find these little gems interesting.

In building THE PLANET, we had countless models and designs from which to choose. We went for simple and easy. The biggest decision was whether to allow comments. We heard convincing arguments from both sides. After listening to everyone, we went with our core philosophy of free speech. Since Day 1 of a journalistic career, we have  held special The Founders notion of a “marketplace of ideas.” Speech — written or spoken — should be free, bristly,  and unbridled.

Free speech won out here, and it caught on. What we had to say and what you had in response won an audience. From daily hits in the single digits, we are now up to nearly five figures a column. Your comments are a big part.

The Eagle has banned comments. iBerkshires will often tell you “Comments for this article have been suspended” on hot topics the site’s masters don’t want discussed. It’s interesting, too, that the five main stories iBerkshire plugs on its home page almost always have a combined comment total between 0 and 5. Few are reading, and fewer are moved to comment. In contract, our stories often spur triple-digits in comments.

As for the new, we overhauled a 10-year-old tech platform and invested in design changes to make the site easier to access and read, across all devices including mobile. Those who access the site with smart phones will find a “mobile-friendly” PLANET. In short, the new PLANET will be more secure, more relevant, easier to use, more reader-responsive, and more available.

[ED. NOTE: Activating the changes may require taking THE PLANET down for a few hours. We will coordinate the transfer during a period of minimal activity so few readers will be inconvenienced.]

One change we won’t make is access. PLANET VALENTI will continue to be free of charge. We won’t try to bribe you into subscriptions or offer “premium content” for a cost. You get on anytime, from anywhere, and it won’t cost you a cent.

Actually, the majority of work will happen “backstage,” including the installation of an SSL certificate to make your browsing safer and more secure. We will also be adding a long-sought feature: the ability to “vote” on content with thumbs up or thumbs down both on the main feature and individual comments. There’s a lot of other technical stuff we leave to the experts. You’ll also notice ads. They will help pay the freight and enable more investment in THE PLANET to make it more convenient for you.

Our expansion reflects the continued growth of this site in audience, influence, and information. We deliver content NO ONE ELSE HAS OR CAN GET. No one has more contacts and sources than THE PLANET. Your comments and feedback are read by the key decision makers in the region — all the way to Boston. On this site, YOU matter. YOU are the star. The changes we have forthcoming reflect that.

Our audience makes this site what it is. Our capital investment is proof of that.

We thank you. And yes, Aunt Millie will keep the window open.

Have a great weekend, everybody.

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The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn” — Ralph Waldo Emerson.

“OPEN THE WINDOW, AUNT MILLIE.”

LOVE TO ALL.

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Johnny2Shoes
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Johnny2Shoes

Dan,

Congratulations on your site update. Nicely done and thank you for doing this for the people who follow looking for a different outlet for the happenings going on. One thing I’m sure will never change is your determination to bring the facts of any given issue out so we can decide where we stand on the issue. Planet Friday, Just the facts ma’am!

SallySays
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SallySays

Dan, certainly a dynamic and vibrant new site. At least as flashy as Tyers campaign flyers, but with authentic , not doctored photos. It appears some comments have gone missing between the old version of this edition and the merge with the dynamic and vibrant one. Any chance they will get merged or should we re-post? Blare had a comment about Former ADA
that seems to be missing and Joe Pesci has a persnickety reply that is gone and J99 really walloped Jive as feeding at the public trough. Can’t find these now among the others.

Stoni Lonsung
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Stoni Lonsung

Every time I see Peter White he’s texting. Look at the photo for example at The a Mayor debate at phs and the Morningside photo op,examples. Definitely has a app habit.

Mr. Fritz
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Mr. Fritz

So the Mrs. & I attended Sat. Nite’s Taconic football game at BCC. First time at the beautiful new turf field & brand new bleachers – whoever coordinated that project did a great job. The out-of-town team decimated Taconic. What struck me the most was the absence of Taconic cheerleaders, band & supporters. The opposing team brought their cheerleaders and plenty of cheering fans. What gives? It appears that since Ron Lively left, there is little or no music program in the Pittsfield schools. I’ve attended the 4th of July parade & Fall Foliage parade, and the PHS & Taconic “bands” are anemic. I guess that after spending bazillions on “therapeutic” programs there is little money left for music!? And cheerleading programs? Disappointing given the size of the city and the size of the school budget! And why is JIV’s decision to remain in… Read more »

Mr. Fritz
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Mr. Fritz

Congrats Dan on the new format! Thank you for providing this valuable news & information site! Well done!

Bangher Main
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Bangher Main

Congrats Dan, And nice looking Girlfriend. Incredible stat while watching Pats beat Cleveland. Pats have given up three touchdowns in over seven games and the defense has scored four, damn.

Hell Toupee
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Hell Toupee

Is it true that Tyer has announced the opening of self service massage parlors in the downtown area? Very vibrant.

Hell Toupee
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Hell Toupee

Tyer seemed angry and desperate once again tonight.

Johnny Absurd
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Johnny Absurd

Tyers assault team is climbing all over the 411 threads. Her hit squad has resorted to a mob assault of nasty politics piling on with what looks like an act of desperation. For her to allow this says a lot about her inner self and the people she has surrounded herself with. Sad for Pittsfield but not surprising given what has happened to the city in the last four years.

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