Saturday, August 16, 2008

How I read the NYTimes.com website

I often get links to articles on the NYTimes.com website. When I go to the website, I'm presented with a login/register page to create a free account. I then go to bugmenot.com and I use one of their fake accounts to login to the NYTimes website. I'm then taken to some interstitial page where I have to either view an advertisement or click a continue link. I then read the article.

Some answers to questions you might have:

Q: Why is it that every time I visit the site, I have to go to bugmenot again?
A: Because NYTimes is playing a whack-a-mole game with bugmenot.com. Every time a new account gets created on bugmenot, they close it down within a day or two.

Q: Why don't I just create my own account?
A: Two reasons: First, I've tried creating my own accounts and they always seem to just stop working after a while. Second, I really don't see the point of forcing me to create an account to read a newspaper online. It should be a value add sort of deal. If I want to comment on a story, make me create an account.

I guess I just don't understand why the NYTimes runs its website like it does. It gives me a bad feeling every time I visit their website and I'm sure I'm not the only one. Why would you want to do that to people?

2 comments:

SteveL said...

I just delete their cookie and carry on. What I would like is a firefox plugin to make that a one button action. Also, I like NYTimes to recognise that when a browser doesnt have flash support, there's no point serving up flash adverts.

Chris said...

I created an account and logged in once about four years ago. I've never been hassled to log in since then.