Deleting everything after the question mark in the url no longer works to get around the NY Times paywall. #nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo—
Ethan D. (@Eduff564) February 12, 2013
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.
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: