NY Times to End " Times Select" Wall

Just the other day I was complaining that a New York Times editorial opposing the death penalty referred to an investigative article by its reporter Adam Liptak that was behind its "Times Select" wall and how the wall prevented the excellent article from getting out. I wouldn't link to it because people couldn't read it without paying.

The New York Post reports today the Times is ending the "Times Select" wall and all of its content will be free.

Smart move.

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    Cool. (5.00 / 1) (#1)
    by Edger on Tue Aug 07, 2007 at 11:42:48 AM EST
    Until they do here's a useful trick that often works.

    If the article you want is behind the wall, google the first sentence (put it in quotes). Often there is someone else who has posted the entire article, and sometimes it is also at another url at the NYT.

    Also sometimes a link on a google search result page to the "walled" article is recognized by NYT's system as a "subscriber" and lets you read it.

    Last sentence also often (none / 0) (#2)
    by Edger on Tue Aug 07, 2007 at 11:43:42 AM EST
    applies to Stratfor articles.

    Call me old fashioned (none / 0) (#6)
    by Slado on Tue Aug 07, 2007 at 12:21:41 PM EST
    but that sounds like stealing.

    Just because you can do something doesn't mean you should.

    Of course I have stolen music in the past so maybe I should just keep quiet.


    Apparently the blogg--o-sphere's (none / 0) (#7)
    by oculus on Tue Aug 07, 2007 at 12:24:39 PM EST
    internal, unpublicized rules say its o.k. as long as you provide the link to the link!

    If it's there and opens it's because they (none / 0) (#8)
    by Edger on Tue Aug 07, 2007 at 12:25:25 PM EST
    want it to open.

    Kind of like "she asked for it." (none / 0) (#9)
    by oculus on Tue Aug 07, 2007 at 12:27:42 PM EST
    No. (none / 0) (#10)
    by Edger on Tue Aug 07, 2007 at 12:50:32 PM EST
    It's intentional.

    Especially with the google search page links (none / 0) (#11)
    by Edger on Tue Aug 07, 2007 at 12:52:26 PM EST
    It's a teaser. They want it to open so people bookmark it - but when they go back they hit the wall and some subscribe - unless they go back thru google.

    It's kind of like (none / 0) (#12)
    by Edger on Tue Aug 07, 2007 at 12:55:32 PM EST
    They want you to read the paper in your doctors waiting room.

    You might like enough to subscribe for home delivery yourself.


    not to mention ... (5.00 / 1) (#19)
    by Sailor on Tue Aug 07, 2007 at 04:25:45 PM EST
    ... their 'click thru' s died and their online advertisers didn't make any money so they didn't renew their accounts.

    Remind me. Why am I paying for home delivery? (none / 0) (#3)
    by oculus on Tue Aug 07, 2007 at 11:44:41 AM EST
    Oh, yeah. For the newsprint on the nands. Now, if only they would switch to soy ink, which cures the problem.

    Fresh printers ink (none / 0) (#4)
    by Edger on Tue Aug 07, 2007 at 11:46:59 AM EST
    makes my ears ring for hours. Really high pitched squeal. Allergy, I guess.

    Reading blogs has the same effect on (5.00 / 1) (#5)
    by oculus on Tue Aug 07, 2007 at 11:56:31 AM EST
    me sometimes. ["breaking," all caps, excessive exclamation marks, etc.]

    About Time (none / 0) (#13)
    by squeaky on Tue Aug 07, 2007 at 01:07:18 PM EST
    THe Times select was a stupid move. I am sure that their advertisers have been screaming ever since they pulled that foolish stunt.

    Yesterday the paper got smaller not in pages but the page size was reduced.

    Finally! (none / 0) (#14)
    by andgarden on Tue Aug 07, 2007 at 01:08:53 PM EST

    A month ago (none / 0) (#15)
    by ding7777 on Tue Aug 07, 2007 at 01:53:54 PM EST
    CNN also made it Pipeline video free

    They're losing market share (none / 0) (#16)
    by Edger on Tue Aug 07, 2007 at 02:00:54 PM EST
    and getting desperate. Both CNN and NYT. Others too.

    The problem is: what are the bloggers (5.00 / 1) (#17)
    by oculus on Tue Aug 07, 2007 at 02:10:09 PM EST
    going to link to and critique if newspapers like the NYT go out of business?

    Well (none / 0) (#18)
    by Edger on Tue Aug 07, 2007 at 03:51:20 PM EST
    The Swamp is one good one. The wires like AP, Reuters, etc, are other sources. McClatchey is still there.

    All the sources that NYT and CNN use are still out there. NYT does publish original investigative work but the people they pay to do it can work for others as well.


    Through the wall.... (none / 0) (#20)
    by Edger on Mon Aug 13, 2007 at 11:01:04 PM EST
    Behind the Times (subscription wall):
    Because making Frank Rich, Paul Krugman, Gail Collins, Gretchen Morgenson and Nick Kristoff available to all is a god-damned public service.