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Old 01-30-2018, 12:58 PM
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They might do better with another subscription model. Hard to say. But I decided it was my responsibility to support newspapers, so I've been paying for a bunch since trump was inaugurated.
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There are many problems with the current model.

Another issue - there is no discrimination in the content. I may read 1 important piece of news from a site, then read some fluff pieces - reaching my "maximum." I may hit another fluff piece and get rebuffed for hitting my maximum - which I just walk away from reading at all. It's not that important, I don't care that much to even circumvent the paywall (which is too easy to do as it is).

Not all content is equal.
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There are many problems with the current model.

Another issue - there is no discrimination in the content. I may read 1 important piece of news from a site, then read some fluff pieces - reaching my "maximum." I may hit another fluff piece and get rebuffed for hitting my maximum - which I just walk away from reading at all. It's not that important, I don't care that much to even circumvent the paywall (which is too easy to do as it is).

Not all content is equal.
I agree that the free stuff you get has some drawbacks. You should ask for a refund.
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How about "per article"?
You set up an account with the Publisher tied to your PayPal account. You click, and you get charged whatever the fee is for that article.
Fees can vary, due to several reasons. Perhaps the writer wants a cut. Perhaps it is very important information.
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I agree that the free stuff you get has some drawbacks. You should ask for a refund.


Content isn't of equal value.
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How about "per article"?
You set up an account with the Publisher tied to your PayPal account. You click, and you get charged whatever the fee is for that article.
Fees can vary, due to several reasons. Perhaps the writer wants a cut. Perhaps it is very important information.
Speaking as one person, I'd like this. I won't pay the $10/mo for they NYT. Some months the 10 articles is fine, some months I might want just a few more. If I could pay $0.50 per article past the tenth or whatever, I'd be down for that.

I can see how they might like the monthly thing, because consistent revenue is a Good Thing. If I could get, say, 25 articles/month for $5 I might just pop on that. I really like the more consolidated option mentioned earlier. I pay $10/mo or whatever, for access to 50 articles spread out over the NYT, WSJ, etc.
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Content isn't of equal value.
Nothing got missed by me. You're complaining about the differing value of FREE content in that post which is ridiculous. You paid nothing. You're entitled to nothing. They give you something for free. You don't get to complain that less valuable items in your opinion are erroding your count. You're looking a gift horse in the mouth and are in the wrong.

I NEVER argued that all content has the same value and couldn't find one rational person that would make that argument. But that doesn't support your case in this particular situation as you got something for nothing.
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I just realized I don't care at all about this honestly tho. Carry on OP. My bad.
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I just realized I don't care at all about this honestly tho. Carry on OP. My bad.
First they came with newspaper paywalls, and Inco didn't care. Then they came with elbow porn paywalls...
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Free news is like candy. It's easy, and it makes you feel good. When you pay for the written word, it's often dry. And long. It's like eating your vegetables.

I'm starting to think that more and more, modern stupidity/our polarized political system/obesity are all byproducts of increased leisure and better technology. We can quickly collect and analyze data that says if we add 15% more sugar to fat-free salad dressing, and brand it in a certain way, it keeps people coming back. Likewise, you can coax people into consuming the most garbage, ad-supported content if you make them angry first. "Millennials shun Buffalo Wild Wings in favor of more boutique (and expensive!) dining experiences! - Sponsored by Hello Fresh"

We're min/maxing everything, and I think it's very shortsighted. Maybe a disruptive distribution model could help, but I think we're ultimately dealing with the consequences of people having more direct control to more levers of happiness than ever before.
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