It is very disappointing to NOT be able to follow the CyclingNews Articles free beyond a taster short paragraph. Cycling as a sport is one of the free sports for the participant and getting up, having a nice coffee and browsing Cyclingnews in the morning was one of the few remaining simple relaxations in life after some 65 years of riding and racing. Even with the personal diatribes that appear in the Forum from time to time. The plethora of adverts is just plain annoying but to not be able to read reports is simply sadness. As another commentator said - not even a forwarning or explanation.I keep getting subscription messages when I try to read anything. The incredible number of pop up ads was bad enough, but now I need to pay to see them? I'm out if so.
The Guardian is thankfully still paywall-free, although as others are pointing out, that's become the exception among larger media outlets.I wonder how the companies who advertise on this site feel about this. For sure the site is going to lose readership, i mean this isn't a major news outlet like The Guardian which has tens, if not hundred of thousand of readers, just saying.
It's not a pop-up, clicking a story on the site brings up the page and the first few lines of the article but then...I don't get these pop-ups?
Are there CN papers?I don't know if you use other news media, but in the U.S. , most mainstream newspapers now require paid subscriptions to read more than 1 or 2 articles, or have an open site but the best articles are only accessible to subscribers. It's a disappointing trend to see, but it's been that way for professional journals for many years so not all that surprising.
Yes, yes. . . I was going to use the term “news media” but I realized I don’t have a large enough sample size in other online news media to make a knowledgeable comment on paywalls, but do read 4-5 “newspaper” webpages and check dozens of others in the course of a week, so I can speak with some confidence to what is happening there.Are there CN papers?
I don’t get this either. What articles is it happening on?It's not a pop-up, clicking a story on the site brings up the page and the first few lines of the article but then...
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For me, it's every item under News and Results; most items under Features and Tech (unless it's an advertising feature)I don’t get this either. What articles is it happening on?
I agree. I see why websites do it, that journalists need to live of something as well, but the content at cn, although it comes in handy, is nowhere in terms of exclusiveness, insight or originality to make me think about paying for it. The development could just drive me towards twitter and such. And if they extend it to the forum... we can always make our own forum (and website). The content many users here produce is better than that of the main page anyway.The Guardian is thankfully still paywall-free, although as others are pointing out, that's become the exception among larger media outlets.
As for CN, the content quality relative to alternatives really doesn't justify paying money to me. If it were to extend to the forum at some point, that would cause irreparable damage, otoh...