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posting of articles hidden behind paywalls

Boom Boom
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Joined: Dec 29 2004

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Boom Boom
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Once again I clicked on an article posted here only to find it hidden behind a paywall. Can we have a policy that bans the posting of paywall articles? Or is this a debate that we need to start?


Boom Boom
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I'm on dialup, babble already takes forever to load - and often it doesn't - and when I click on a paywall article, that is more f'n time wasted.

 

Posters should be required - at least - to warn us if they are posting an article protected by paywall.


kropotkin1951
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Joined: Jun 6 2002

I think a notice would be polite thing to do.  What I can't figure out is why people pay to get access to right wing propaganda.  I get more than enough of that shit for free whether I want to or not.


NorthReport
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It is not probably not intentional and it is usually not apparent.


Boom Boom
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Let's start listing the paywalls: tonight I couldn't access the article about Tom Mulcair on iPolitics (posted by you, NR).

NorthReport wrote:
Mr. Mulcair goes to Washington

http://www.ipolitics.ca/2013/02/20/mr-mulcair-goes-to-washington/


NorthReport
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Joined: Jul 6 2008

I see what you mean 


Catchfire
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Joined: Apr 16 2003

Paywalls are annoying, but sometime those posting them don't remember or plain don't know that the article is paywalled: for example, if you are posting from a library, a school or a friend's computer. I don't think banning is the answer, but I definitely recommend noting the article is paywalled if you are cognizant of it. Something like babble is great! [Paywall] or Catchfire is so smart! [NYTimes]


Slumberjack
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Joined: Aug 8 2005

If the MSM winds up entirely behind paywalls and people balk at paying for it and putting up with pop up adds and sales pitches when they get through, then it stands to reason that people will simply find their online reading material elsewhere.


Boom Boom
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Just discovered that America's finest news service - The Onion - gives you access for five days, then it's pay or else your thumbs get chopped off.

When will the madness end?


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