| ||Tell HN: Paywalls with workarounds are OK; paywall complaints are off topic|
176 points by dang on Sept 6, 2015 | hide | past | web | favorite | 160 comments |
|Publications like NYT, WSJ, the Economist, and the New Yorker have paywalls that leave ways for readers to work around them. Such stories are OK to post to Hacker News. Yes, the workarounds are a nuisance, but the loss of many substantive articles would be worse. In the future, when someone doesn't understand this, please politely direct them to this thread or to HN's FAQ , which now makes this explicit.|
Complaints about paywalls are off topic, so please don't post them. The spirit of HN is to discuss what's interesting about each specific article—not generic rehashing. We can't have every Economist or WSJ post turning into an argument about The Paywall Question. For an example of what we want to avoid, see . For more on our thinking, see .
It's ok to ask how to read an article or to help other users by sharing a workaround. But please do this without going on about paywalls. Focus on the content.
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