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Free Answers from Experts-Exchange.com

You might have stumbled upon Experts Exchange if you ever had a computer related question that you could not answer. First step, type in your question into Google. Second step, find the site listed high for the answer and realize that you have to register to access it. Big thanks to eonestudio for making this little trick public. The above link displays a video which shows how you can take a look at the answers for free.

All you need to do is the following. Search for something, e.g. printing from a website, the search string you would enter would look like the following.

printing from a website site:experts-exchange.com

Please note that it is not necessary to use the site:experts-exchange.com parameter, this is only done for demonstration purposes.

The first search result will link directly to the experts-exchange.com article with no solution but a button stating View Solution. If you click that button you see that you will have to subscribe to view the solution. Not today though.

experts-exchange.com premium

Go back to the Google results page and click on Cached which loads a cached version of that webpage. Guess what? The cached page holds all the answers to the question right at the bottom. Just scroll down and see for yourself.

Update: The trick is no longer necessary, as Experts Exchange have changed the way results are displayed on the site. You can check out How To View Experts Exchange Answers Without Account for the long answer, or use the following explanation:

Just visit the Experts Exchange website and scroll down until you see the result on the page. The site hides the results by displaying lots of junk at the top. If you scroll down though, you will find the answers on the page. You can also check out the Experts Exchange Junk Cleaner to remove that junk from the page.

Update 2: The site has been redesigned again and the answers to questions are no longer displayed on the page so that you can't just scroll down to read them. The userscript linked above also does not work anymore because of this.

Update 3: A new hack emerged that you can make use of to display the answers right on the Experts Exchange website without registration. Visit this page and paste the url of the Experts Exchange question page into the form on it.

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Free Answers from Experts-Exchange.com
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Find out how you can display the answers to questions on Experts-Exchange.com that are blocked by default.
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  1. paul said on July 13, 2006 at 12:38 am
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    actually, just clicking on the original link and scrolling to the bottom of the screen should give the same results. funny thing is, it has always worked for me, including a test search after reading this. then i tried again and it stopped working…. you jinxed it! ;-P

  2. Anonymoose said on July 13, 2006 at 8:18 pm
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    Since it’s fair to assume that the search engine spider could see the full answer to index it, I’ve always just switched my user agent to a Googlebot before browsing Experts Exchange.

    It also works for most other sites that require you to register to view full articles but show the full article to search bots in order to get you to find the page to start with and be sucked into paying/registering for content…

    The User Agent Switcher extension for Firefox is great for this.

  3. paul said on July 15, 2006 at 5:37 pm
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    odd…I used the same search terms (at home now- first post was from work) mentioned in the above article and clicking on the first experts-exchange link and then scrolling down gives the answers as the cached version.

    Now, if I DO NOT clear my cache and cookies and try the search again and click on the same search result link, it does not have the answers at the bottom (a quick check at the length of the vertical scroll bar shows there is no more data on the page), but after clearing the cookies/cache (probably clearing just the cookies will do) and repeating the steps and clicking the non-cache link, it shows the answers at the bottom again.

    It seems the Google Cache link is controlling this. Any ideas?

  4. Matt said on September 2, 2006 at 12:41 pm
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    It’s definitely a cookies thing. I have opera set to block cookies for that website, and I can ALWAYS scroll down to see the answer. They want to get you hooked with one free answer, then they put a cookie on your computer to take future answers away.

  5. brianna said on October 26, 2006 at 4:11 am
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    Why are areas along the Pacific Ranges so rainy?

  6. Demetris said on June 8, 2008 at 9:43 am
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    hey guys

    “”Go back to the Google results page and click on Cached which loads a cached version of that webpage.””

    how can i do this thing
    Pls help me

  7. Chris said on August 9, 2008 at 12:01 am
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    This doesn’t work any more. The cached version is now hidden and you have to pay to see it.

  8. Pushpinde said on August 18, 2008 at 5:51 pm
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    I want to subscribe to expert exchange for free , is it possible.

  9. FunkyMonkey said on December 10, 2008 at 5:12 pm
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    clear your cache (as previously stated a few times), THEN refresh the EE page. answers show at the bottom

  10. M said on May 28, 2009 at 10:31 pm
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    You can view all EE answers by simply viewing the page source in your browser.

    Yes, you have to sift through some code but the responses are there. Enjoy!

  11. monthsforever said on June 23, 2009 at 11:50 pm
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    Nice. Thanks.

  12. CoCoKola said on December 7, 2014 at 2:21 am
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    Doesnt seem to work again.. maybe because I have https forced? is this working for others?

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