With respect to NYT, I've found this rule to be quite effective:
Kills that nasty action.
(I do both, and I suspect they tend to go together)
Hmmm, scrolling is not ideal for reading (e.g the Kindle pages, I think). Problem = opportunity, so maybe one solution is a plugin that automatically adds pagination (not actual pages, just mark them with horizontal bars - I think easy enough to do in greasemonkey).
It is sort of a silly feature, but I figured the discussion here would be interesting. I was right :)
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I feel so isolated from the everyman. The web I see is not the web he sees.
Page seems to have to completely load before it works though.