I'm not a regular commenter or contributor to PhinneyWood, but I'm troubled PhinneyWood has decided to restrict story comments to Facebook users.
Community management takes work, and PhinneyWood is obviously free to operate the site in any way it sees fit. I'm glad simply browsing PhinneyWood has not been restricted. Nonetheless, it's disappointing a site ostensibly intended to be a local resource is ceding key community components to a global company whose primary business is data-mining users - and that has shown little regard for protecting users' privacy and personal information.
Some of us turn to PhinneyWood precisely because it is *not* facebook.com/PhinneyWood. It seems that's becoming a distinction without a difference, and I feel PhinneyWood is poorer for it.