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NEW: I know, I know, a bunch of other news sites - the LA Times, London Times, Washington Post, etc - are requiring registration to read articles now. No, you lazy people, I'm not going to lovingly hand-craft a new javascript thinger for each of those sites. Visit bugmenot.com and get the goods there.

And boy howdy, check out the New York Times Link Generator if you just want to link to the good stuff without all this javascript jiggery-pokery.

It looks like the New York Times has gotten somewhat wise to the shenanigans going on here, and block registration requests coming from majcher.com. (Which also means that I can't register an account there legitimately...) So, to make this work, what you need to do is "Save As..." this page to your local machine, and just run it from there. Last I checked, that works fine. I'll investigate a workaround in the meantime...

Workaround, from another internet pal: "As an addendum to Adam Funk's contribution to your page, you might want to include that Mozilla and Firefox users don't actually have to edit text files to disable Referrer headers. They can type "about:config" in the Location bar to view advanced configuration elements, then scroll about 75% down the page to "network.http.sendRefererHeader", and double-click it to change the value to 0. (I believe it defaults to 2.)" So, there you go. Get a real browser, get a real solution.

Another way to avoid the referer blocking is to use this code as a bookmarklet. Right-click that link and select "Add to Favorites..." or the equivalent. Code here. (See http://www.bookmarklets.com/) Submitted by Jason Day, tested on Galeon and Mozilla, but should work in most browsers that support this functionality, maybe with a little tweaking.

A friend from .pt writes:

Just to let you know (in case you don't already) that in Opera you can simply hit F12 and uncheck "enable referrer logging" before clicking on "register & go" and NYTimes won't block the connection.
So, go Opera!

Aaron Colman writes:

I wanted to add that programs like Proxomitron (which everyone should be using anyway) can block referrer logging...
So, you know, get it, use it, love it.

Adam Funk writes:

I found out how to block referrer information in Mozilla too; it's just a bit more trouble than in Opera. Put this line:
user_pref("network.http.sendRefererHeader", 0);
in the user.js file (create the file if necessary).

Thanks to Brad Choate, you can now give this page
url and submit parameters. No more typing in the URL!
No more tedious Submit button clicking! Here's how it works:

(Prepopulates the URL field with the given URL)

(Prepopulates the URL field and submits automatically!)

Please copy the source and distribute this page as you see fit.
It's all just HTML and javascript, so you can host it anywhere,
or even save it on your desktop and use it from there.

If you don't really want to read a New York Times story, and you're
just here to gawk, you may as well visit the rest of the site. Or, if you're
feeling generous, you can donate to my favorite cause.

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