Yes, but they are aiming wrong because i'm the type that never makes subscriptions, everytime i see a paywall i search for an alternative, if there is one, otherwise i could live without something like that.Was that five articles in one incog session? Then you are the type of super-user CN says they are aiming the paywall at.
I definitely used to take that approach, but this has become the market model for “news” sites, whether they are newsworthy or not. Just in the past year a number of U.S. “newspaper” sites I used to be able to read a few free articles now block me from reading anything unless I register and then that just provides a few free articles till I start paying. I have to have access to some of the major news outlets for work, so I’m now normalized (for myself) to paying for those. I’m not willing to register for 10 other sites just to read a few articles a month.Yes, but they are aiming wrong because i'm the type that never makes subscriptions, everytime i see a paywall i search for an alternative, if there is one, otherwise i could live without something like that.
Well, I don't hate CN. I like reasonably speedy race coverage. But the quality of reporting/material on this site doesn't really draw me to pay the rate they are asking. And VN is just too US and weirdly gravel focused for me as well.(What is most funny about this thread is how many people are coming here to say how much they hate CN.)
Laura Weislo (CN's Deputy Ed) had this to say on the topic on Twitter:Nope, I still haven't seen it.
It’s after five articles and only a fraction of users right now, and easy to defeat if you try hard enough. It’s meant to get the users who read the most to pay a little. Like we don’t need living wages or whatever.
CN is a news site. As such, it is, yes, an aggregator. An aggregator of social media posts? Not really, that's more the Comic's territory. CN has, pretty much from its start, aggregated the international - mainly non-English - cycling media. But CN also breaks the news. And it has writers who who can write and who contribute occasional features. Plus, there's the techs mechs bits. So, you know, let's park the hyperbollix and be fair.Defiitely, but you have to provide content worth paying for, rather than aggregating riders' and teams' Twitter feeds.
Turns out my foggy brain added a zero!As I'm one of the many who haven't seen the paywall yet, elaborate on the price point, please.
The fact that they don't just tell you what the re-up costs is off-putting. I am sure that they tell you it will be easy to unsubscribe once they have your CC info, but I bet you have to do it in writing.Turns out my foggy brain added a zero!
"Join now for unlimited access Try your first month for just £1 / $1 / €1". I though it was 10 not 1. Not sure what the amount is after the first month, but the language suggests the rate goes up and clicking the link they provide does not clarify.