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Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Digital Doctor, Feb 2, 2013.

  1. Digital Doctor

    Digital Doctor Well-Known Member

    I've seen a real trend where online Newspapers will try to get article viewers to subscribe if they are repeat visitors.


    Has anyone done something similar to encourage either sign ups or paid memberships ?

  2. SneakyDave

    SneakyDave Well-Known Member

    Most newspaper sites are going to this model. I don't see how it could be successful.
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  3. Morgain

    Morgain Well-Known Member

    I think forums already do this - guests have limits on how much they can view.
    Especially the option to view a title but not open and read unless a member.
    Digital Doctor likes this.
  4. OSS 117

    OSS 117 Well-Known Member

    It's not because the paywall is coded with the poorest code in the world. I've been using custom cookie handling and changing the referrers to read them for free for the last three years. I'm not going to pay $15-20 a month for journalism that has sunk so low that it's of the same quality you'd get from the Daily Mail or The Sun.
  5. MikeMpls

    MikeMpls Well-Known Member

    Most newspapers are on the same career path as dinosaurs.

    I do a lot of blogging that relies on access to current news items. For every print paper that does this, there are several others that don't, as well as broadcast & network media websites that avoid that game entirely.
  6. Trekkan

    Trekkan Well-Known Member

    So you're saying that you steal this content, but it's not worth the money for such low quality journalism... but it's exactly what you want to read? Sounds like it's exactly the type and quality of journalism you do in fact like.
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  7. Digital Doctor

    Digital Doctor Well-Known Member

    My father in law just signed up for a newspaper.
    probably because of this limited number of articles thing.
  8. SneakyDave

    SneakyDave Well-Known Member

    A simple Ctrl-Shift-N in Chrome allows me to bypass a "limited number of article" limit, as well as some sites blocking content to unregistered users.

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