Paywalls are hard: New York Times attempts to plug paywall leak, fails miserably

Since its debut, the joke known as the New York Times paywall has been an “obstacle” any enterprising kindergartner could bypass. But on Monday, panic spread across the Twitterverse as people unwilling to pay for the Fishwrap of Record’s content discovered that stripping away the end of an article’s URL no longer works.

A New York Times spokesperson told New York magazine:

When we launched our digital subscription plan we knew there were loopholes to access our content beyond the allotted number of articles each month. We have made some adjustments and will continue to make adjustments to optimize the gateway by implementing technical security solutions to prohibit abuse and protect the value of our content.

Heh. Paywall loopholes? The New York Times is on it! Sort of.

Evidently the gateway is still sub-optimal. Here are four ways sneaky readers continue to scale the paywall:

1. The Google workaround:

2. The Twitter workaround:

3. The NYClean bookmarklet:

4. A well-timed click of the “stop” button:

Of course, you could also pony up for a subscription. You know, if you think New York Times scoops like fall comes after summer and incisive commentary on “Bruce Springstein” are worth every penny.

  • Gloves Donahue, Jr.

    How much are they offering to pay for readers?
    Whatever it is, it ain’t enough.

  • $29561723

    Awwww. Poor libtards can’t even pony up to read their Manifesto. I guess we’d better create a federal program to aid “frugal” limousine liberals

  • BeeKaaay

    This is what they get for being too cheap to actually, TEST their web site.

  • TocksNedlog

    The fish wrap of record!
    Record declines in subscriptions, ad revenues, profits, staffing, daily readership . . . integrity . . . objectivity . . .

    • SineWaveII


  • peteee363

    hackers are thier people, they had to know they would figure out a way out of paying them too? or did they think people too cheap to leave tips at restaurants would suddenly want to pay them too?

  • Lord Foggybottom

    What I don’t understand is why anybody would even go out of their way to read the free content?

  • Jim Denney

    Coming soon…NTR (National Times of Record), a government supported evil twin print version of NPR. Big Bird is said to be Valerie Jarrett’s choice for editor.

  • JustLikeAnimals

    Given the dismal quality and integrity of the reportage at the soon-to-be-defunct NYT, I’m wondering why anyone would press an extra keystroke to read that tripe?

    I tried putting the NYT as liner in the bottom of our parrot’s cage, but he refused to s^%$t on it. Had to change it over to the Washington Post. That’s gotta tell you something!

    • SineWaveII

      Don’t tell me, he threw up on it instead. LOL

      • JustLikeAnimals

        he read it and kept repeating, “WFT?…..raaaark…..WTF?”

        • SineWaveII


  • DeadBuffalo Blog

    How do you wrap a fish with digital content? I guess I’ll have to print out the pdf.

    • SineWaveII

      Easy you just wrap a digital fish.

  • Bui van vat

    Or turn off Javascript in your browser

  • Tangchung

    My butcher used to wrap fish with the New York Times. But had to stop, the paper was making the fish stink.

  • canb0nly1

    Why the hell are so many people reading ANYTHING the NYT publishes, free or otherwise?

  • maplebob23

    I get around the pay walls by not reading the New York Times. When I want to know what the New York Times thinks about a topic I simply think, “0bama is the Messiah” and I’m done.

  • FlatFoot

    Or — you can always go to

    if you want to get past pay-walls for just about every popular news site and other popular sites using pay-walls.

    It can be hit & miss on occasion but I’ve used it for years and it works pretty well.

  • regmgr

    Excuse me but who wants to read this rag anyways.

  • regmgr

    Excuse me but who wants to read this rag anyways.