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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Has the Seattle Times Paywall Been Undelayed?

Posted by on Wed, Mar 27, 2013 at 11:30 AM


You know that paywall that the Seattle Times was supposed to put up in March, but recently announced would be delayed? Well apparently, they've delayed the delay.

Unless, of course, they're just fucking with me. Perhaps there is no paywall (and possibly never will be a paywall?), and they're just popping up these warnings in order to snag subscriptions from the most gullible low-hanging fruit?

Nah, that would be way too devious and clever for the Seattle Times. Well, too clever anyway.


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I got that too. The only thing I use it for is local news. And the comments on local news. Which is mostly right wingers on long term disability commenting on there anyway, so no major loss. Which means I'll just switch to KOMO or PI. I sure don't read the Times for its excellent commentary (ha-ha). When was the last hard news it broke or added in depth coverage to? The Lakewood police shooting. That was good journalism, but haven't seen anything much since then. They've probably laid off most of those reporters anyway.
Posted by hifiandrew on March 27, 2013 at 11:43 AM · Report this
I use the Times for sports mostly, and a few times for news.
Posted by Seattle14 on March 27, 2013 at 11:56 AM · Report this
Will in Seattle 3
It's good for mulch, though.
Posted by Will in Seattle on March 27, 2013 at 12:01 PM · Report this
Signs of the Times: Remember when people used the Times to paper-train their puppies? Nowadays, you can walk into Bartells and walk out with a pack of "training pads" for the same purpose. (For those who no longer walk out anywhere, Amazon delivers.)
Posted by RonK, Seattle on March 27, 2013 at 12:11 PM · Report this
Phoebe in Wallingford 5
Companies need revenue streams in order to survive, especially newspapers.
Posted by Phoebe in Wallingford on March 27, 2013 at 12:17 PM · Report this
sperifera 6
@5 - Companies need decent products in order to justify revenue streams.
Posted by sperifera on March 27, 2013 at 12:26 PM · Report this
Will in Seattle 7
There's an app written by a British teen for that, @6.
Posted by Will in Seattle on March 27, 2013 at 12:29 PM · Report this
Phoebe in Wallingford 8
@6: And they can't create decent products (content) if they can't afford to keep the talent that produces good content.
Posted by Phoebe in Wallingford on March 27, 2013 at 12:29 PM · Report this
What do you want to bet it will be as easily subverted as the NYT's, which can be beat simply by using the stop button?
Posted by giffy on March 27, 2013 at 12:31 PM · Report this
@9 The NYT paywall was made intentionally porous. It was intended to give people who want to support the newspaper the opportunity to do so, but still not turn away the cheapskates (and let them think they are real smart). The Times has come out and said as much. It will also become increasingly difficult to get around their paywall in the future.
Posted by ian on March 27, 2013 at 1:02 PM · Report this
@9 The idea is to encourage people to buy a subscription, not to build some impermeable wall. The people who will try the various hoops to get around it probably are too cheap to subscribe anyway.

Posted by bigyaz on March 27, 2013 at 1:26 PM · Report this
I always find it fascinating then newspaper sites include their editorial pages in the firewall. It's that cutting off your nose to spite your face?
Posted by I Got Nuthin' on March 27, 2013 at 1:42 PM · Report this
The newspaper industry: Our product will get crappier, more expensive, and more of a pain to use until revenues increase.

Good luck with that.
Posted by rainbird on March 27, 2013 at 2:03 PM · Report this
Dr_Awesome 14
@Phoebe: Advertising. That's the revenue stream that keeps newspapers alive. Advertising. The paid subscriptions barely keep the lights on in the 3rd floor shitter.
Posted by Dr_Awesome on March 27, 2013 at 2:52 PM · Report this
And there you go... At 4:21 I had no issues. At 4:22, I got this:
Posted by lopes on March 27, 2013 at 4:27 PM · Report this
Private browsing in Firefox lets you get around the paywall by starting a new free trial every time you refresh.
Posted by old farkle on March 31, 2013 at 8:16 PM · Report this

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