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Re: Does the NY Times Paywall Misuse HTTP GET?

From: Martin J. Dürst <duerst@it.aoyama.ac.jp>
Date: Wed, 14 Dec 2011 16:14:06 +0900
Message-ID: <4EE84CBE.6020101@it.aoyama.ac.jp>
To: Noah Mendelsohn <nrm@arcanedomain.com>
CC: "www-tag@w3.org" <www-tag@w3.org>
On 2011/12/14 13:23, Noah Mendelsohn wrote:

> On 12/13/2011 11:10 PM, Eric J. Bowman wrote:

> I think that calling this a "hit counter" is in the same spirit, though
> not as extreme, as calling something that decrements my back account a
> "hit counter".
>
> Every month the New York Times gives me 20 units of value to spend. They
> happen to be accesses to their published articles. Each time I do a GET
> to one of those articles, my account is decremented.

This is not a technical argument, which means it may be OT for this 
list, but:

There is a saying "Don't look a gift horse in the mouth.". If you 
actually paid for these 20 units, I could understand your complaint much 
better. But it's not that you acquired a right, it's just that you get 
something for free.

It's not that the NY Times wants to assure that you get your 20 units 
without mistake, it's that they want to make sure you don't get more 
than 20 units (and both they and you know there's ways to get around 
it). And they probably also don't want to invest too much into an area 
where they don't make money, nor do they want to bother casual users 
with having to say "yes, I want something for free again" every time.


Regards,   Martin.
Received on Wednesday, 14 December 2011 07:15:19 GMT

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