Getting around New York Times' article limit? Still possible
Contents on the New York Times website are protected by a paywall. What this means is that visitors get a certain contingent of free articles they can read in full before they receive a notification that they have reached the article limit for that month. To continue reading, visitors need to subscribe to the magazine to do so or find a way around the wall.
Just like any other form of protection on the Internet, the NYT's paywall has its holes that enable visitors to bypass the limitation. One of the easiest ones, removing a couple of characters in the address, has now been fixed by the company operating the website. It took the site operators two years to plug the hole. Why did it take so long? The most likely explanation is that there was no need to fix it. The operators likely know very well that there are ways to bypass the paywall, and that is probably fine with them as long as those options do not become mainstream.
Users who dedicated time and effort to read articles on the New York Times website for free are not likely to subscribe to the site if they are hit by the paywall. Regular readers on the other hand may not have the technical expertise to do the same thing, making it more likely that they will subscribe to the magazine to continue reading if there are not commonplace options available to circumvent the protection.
What the operators of the site need to make sure of is that methods that become too common can't be used to circumvent the protection.
Other options may include clearing cookies or reading NYT articles in a browser's incognito mode.
I’ve searched with Adblock+ for gwy.js on http://www.nytimes.com unsuccessfully.
You are right, I do not see it anymore either. Several files seem responsible now, like mtr.js and meter.js
Anyway, if the reader has a subscription or is an occasional visitor as myself, the impact is not outrageous, even if it is that one article you wish to read that becomes unavailable.
There is a plug-in I used to have for firefox I’ll try to find it’s name and get back to you what it did was open pages object per object and asked if you wanted it open or not. This was useful for pages that end up opening a grey square on the screen to block the information I’m sure it will work just as well.. I’ll get hunting for it and get back to you with the program name.
Too funny asked the wife she remembered the tool..
Aardvark Firefox Extension
This is great and why I read your blog everytime it is in my email box. I have been ticked off everytime I get redirected or blocked when looking at NYT or LA times. Just opening in the chrome incognito window is a great fix/solution. Only minor problem is my instapaper doesn’t work in that window then… I guess I could delete the cookies as mentioned in the article. Any other ideas?
The NYClear bookmarklet doesn’t appear to work anymore. Nor does manually clearing cookies either???
Maybe they have started using Flash Cookies or something else?
Can’t really say, only that I do not seem to get any limitations when I’m accessing the site with NoScript enabled.
I hadn’t tried that. I was allowing NYTimes.com and NYT.com scripts through NoScript. I blocked them and now I get the full article.
So looks like they integrated their blocking into their primary scripts instead of using cookies?
I’ll see how long it works for.
there are a couple of userscripts that seem to be working
NY Times Paywall Remover
NYTimes Article Limit Remover
Thanks. I installed the 2nd script just for extra good luck in case I have to reenable NYT scripts.