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Toledo Blade.com requiring a subscription

Is there a way around this? An alternative? Im getting locked out of viewing articles. I certainly dont want to sign up for a subscription again.

created by BulldogBuckeye on Aug 11, 2017 at 12:31:02 pm     Comments: 25

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i think you just need to create an account and log in to read. at least that was what a friend that works at the blade told me recently.

posted by upso on Aug 11, 2017 at 12:33:41 pm     #  

That USED to be the case. Now, it looks like they are requiring a paid subscription.

posted by BulldogBuckeye on Aug 11, 2017 at 12:34:44 pm     #  

try the phone app. no account or log in required

posted by upso on Aug 11, 2017 at 12:55:57 pm     #  

Cell phone browser apps have a private setting (check on your tabs button, you should see something that says private) that will let you get a few stories, and on computer browsers check for an incognito setting. Still only a few stories but better than $$$.

posted by not_me on Aug 11, 2017 at 12:58:27 pm     #  

BulldogBuckeye posted at 12:34:44 PM on Aug 11, 2017:

That USED to be the case. Now, it looks like they are requiring a paid subscription.

They got people to register by allowing register users to view. Now they set a limit of 15 articles per month for registered users.

Scrolling past multiple stories or obits blows your 15 articles quickly.

The trick is to scan the headlines to see if anything happened, and then go to one of the TV stations for the story. And if The Blade wants to charge for their opinion, I can easily skip it. Their editorials should be free. Value is value.

posted by justread on Aug 11, 2017 at 01:29:51 pm     #  

Crap. If value is value, I'm going to have to start paying you guys to read my opinions here.

posted by JoeyGee on Aug 11, 2017 at 01:44:31 pm     #   1 person liked this

JoeyGee posted at 01:44:31 PM on Aug 11, 2017:

Crap. If value is value, I'm going to have to start paying you guys to read my opinions here.

Don't sell yourself short. They are at least a wash.

posted by justread on Aug 11, 2017 at 01:59:48 pm     #   1 person liked this

Oh... forgot this. :D

posted by justread on Aug 11, 2017 at 02:00:26 pm     #   1 person liked this

"Is there a way around this? An alternative?"

Yes. Here are a few options.

TL;DR

  • go into your web browser settings and disable JavaScript either globally or specifically for the toledoblade.com domain name.
  • install web browser extensions or add-ons that make it super simple to disable and enable JavaScript for specific websites.
  • install the Privacy Badger extension and leave JavaScript enabled for toledoblade.com.
  • read the site by using the text-based Lynx web browser, which does not support JavaScript.
  • from the command line, execute the cURL command and pipe the output into a script, such as html2text, that converts HTML to plain text.
  • or from the command line, do: lynx --dump [URL] > page.txt


Unfortunately for the Blade, their setup to encourage users to pay for content can be easily bypassed by disabling JavaScript in web browsers.

You can disable JavaScript for specific domain names.

If you don't want to dive into your web browser settings to disable JavaScript and to create exceptions for specific websites, then use the NoScript add-on for Firefox, or use the Quick JavaScript Switcher extension for Chrome.

On desktop/laptop computers, I rely heavily on Quick JavaScript Switcher when reading the web.

Occasionally when using Safari on the iPhone, I disable JavaScript globally because it's about the only way to read the web at times, especially over slow internet connections, since so many read-only websites are massively bloated.

Disabling JavaScript prevents the display of most ads and prevents the execution of most trackers and other crapware, which leads to web pages loading much faster.

If you use an older computer or a machine with a slower CPU,
then disabling JavaScript can prevent your computer from glowing red.

For disabling JavaScript, I'm talking about websites where I'm a browsing-only user (reader). I'm not talking about web apps that require me to login where I work from an admin console or a dashboard.

Some websites produce nothing when JavaScript is disabled. That's okay. It's still a big-ass web. Other websites exist to read.

For Blade sports stories, you may need to visit bcsn.tv directly.

If you click a Blade sports link with JavaScript disabled for toledoblade.com, then you might see a blank page. That's because some Blade sports links redirect to bcsn.tv.

For example, with JavaScript disabled in the web browser for
"*.toledoblade.com", this link displays a blank page.

http://www.toledoblade.com/Pro/2017/08/11/What-s-the-word-on-cleveland-browns-deshone-Kizer.html

That's because the above link or web page relies on JavaScript to redirect the reader to the real story location, which is found here.

http://www.bcsn.tv/news_article/show/822468

If you want to read the Blade website with JavaScript working, then do this:

Even with JavaScript enabled, I never reach the Blade's article limit because of what's being blocked by Privacy Badger.

The web browser extensions that I'm familiar with work in Firefox, Chrome, and/or Opera.

On my Linux desktop computer, I have at least 10 web browsers installed. One of my favorites is the http://netsurf-browser.org because of its lack of features. If you are a fan of RMS, then you might like GNU IceCat which is based upon Firefox. And the Tor web browser is good.

I know nothing about Microsoft's web browser. I'm unfamiliar with all Microsoft software.

Regarding the alleged ethical issues of users blocking web ads and bypassing lame paywalls ... I don't know.

I like this article.

https://stratechery.com/2017/the-local-news-business-model

posted by jr on Aug 11, 2017 at 03:16:12 pm     #   2 people liked this

Or you could all subscribe if you're local...there is a lot more in the daily paper than on the .com.

posted by swampprof on Aug 11, 2017 at 04:44:08 pm     #   2 people liked this

^
This. For all the complaints about the Blade, they still provide a valuable service to me. That's why I subscribe. It's not a donation either. If you don't think it is worth the price of subscription, then don't read it. If you think their business model is stupid, don't read it. But installing software to defeat their (crappy) protections to me is no different than using pirated Microsoft Office or file sharing services to download music.

posted by Ace_Face on Aug 11, 2017 at 05:25:01 pm     #   6 people liked this

The business model has been an evolution. So naturally people will be thrown at the turns. Seems like a stretch of hyper-righteousness to villianize people who woke up to a paywall and thought it sucked.

posted by justread on Aug 11, 2017 at 07:05:17 pm     #  

I use an incognito window when viewing news sites that require paid subscription.

posted by treesyjo on Aug 11, 2017 at 09:16:09 pm     #  

Seasoned old line puter heads came to take great care. time, patience, and satisfaction from squeezing out every last bit of use from a machine's resources. It was a challenge and fun with the blue screen of disaster lurking at every key stroke. Along with advanced micro electronics and faster cpu's and almost unlimited memory the greed crowd rushed in to load up the web with moving parts, fancy graphics and all kinds of foo foo that a serious aficionado finds repulsive. Local classic one is the bang down window on the City Paper site which is not only intrusive but downright aggressive before you can proceed as to why YOU clicked on the site. When asked for contact info by anyone they want a cell#: the 21st Century fingerprinting, dna we gotcha and you'll never get away so live with it. Guess what we don't gotta.

posted by Mariner on Aug 12, 2017 at 07:43:19 am     #  

Great idea: Everybody list their employers and then the people who work for the Blade will know where they, too, can go to get goods and services for free.

Don't worry about the lost revenue! You can just charge all the actual paying suckers more to make up your overhead costs. The paying suckers will complain about prices now being too high, but oh well.

(No, I do not work for the Blade.)

posted by jmleong on Aug 13, 2017 at 06:39:33 am     #  

The stark beauty of free enterprise: value given for value received.

posted by Mariner on Aug 13, 2017 at 08:27:43 am     #  

The stark beauty of free enterprise: value given for value received.

posted by Mariner on Aug 13, 2017 at 08:28:03 am     #  

The stark beauty of free enterprise: value given for value received.

posted by Mariner on Aug 13, 2017 at 08:28:35 am     #  

Oops not intended 3X

posted by Mariner on Aug 13, 2017 at 08:29:40 am     #  

  • "Or you could all subscribe if you're local...there is a lot more in the daily paper than on the .com."
  • "But installing software to defeat their (crappy) protections to me is no different than using pirated Microsoft Office ..."
  • "Everybody list their employers and then the people who work for the Blade will know where they, too, can go to get goods and services for free."

Those comments lack substance. Too much emotion. Where's the critical thinking? Where are the crazy ideas for the newspaper of the future?

http://toledotalk.com/local-news.html

posted by jr on Aug 13, 2017 at 11:58:31 pm     #  

I let Lars Ulrich stay at my house whenever he wants, because I listened to someone else's copy of "Ride the Lightning" in 1998. It's the least I can do.

posted by justread on Aug 14, 2017 at 05:55:07 am     #  

jmleong posted at 06:39:33 AM on Aug 13, 2017:

Great idea: Everybody list their employers and then the people who work for the Blade will know where they, too, can go to get goods and services for free.

Don't worry about the lost revenue! You can just charge all the actual paying suckers more to make up your overhead costs. The paying suckers will complain about prices now being too high, but oh well.

(No, I do not work for the Blade.)

The Flour Hour used to be paid for by King Biscuit. Now there's a coin slot on my radio.

But I did pay $2,000 for an obituary, so I am still a sucker.

posted by justread on Aug 14, 2017 at 06:06:38 am     #  

justread posted at 05:55:07 AM on Aug 14, 2017:

I let Lars Ulrich stay at my house whenever he wants, because I listened to someone else's copy of "Ride the Lightning" in 1998. It's the least I can do.

I paid for whatever album came out after the black album. He owes me now.

posted by JoeyGee on Aug 14, 2017 at 07:28:50 am     #   1 person liked this

Not as much as if you had bought St. Anger.

posted by justread on Aug 14, 2017 at 11:57:11 am     #   1 person liked this

jr posted at 11:58:31 PM on Aug 13, 2017:
  • "Or you could all subscribe if you're local...there is a lot more in the daily paper than on the .com."
  • "But installing software to defeat their (crappy) protections to me is no different than using pirated Microsoft Office ..."
  • "Everybody list their employers and then the people who work for the Blade will know where they, too, can go to get goods and services for free."

Those comments lack substance. Too much emotion. Where's the critical thinking? Where are the crazy ideas for the newspaper of the future?

http://toledotalk.com/local-news.html

I've got a life to live, homie. Thanks for the novel though.

posted by Ace_Face on Aug 14, 2017 at 04:13:54 pm     #   2 people liked this