NYT Guidelines July 10, 2002 1:56 PM   Subscribe

If you're posting an NYTimes link, can you please try to follow this guideline:

Another tough day for Wall Street (auto). Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetaur adipisicing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua.


I put the HTML code on the inside.
posted by geoff. to Etiquette/Policy at 1:56 PM (17 comments total)

Here's the HTML code:
<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/business/business-markets-stocks.html">
Another tough day for Wall Street</a> (<a href="http://www.majcher.com/nytview.html?url=http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/business/business-markets-stocks.html&submit">auto</a>).
What's important is the &submit at the end. It will register and redirect automatically (or at least it does for me in Mozilla1.0 and IE).

It may take some extra time but it'd help a lot of people with their NYTimes login problems.
posted by geoff. at 1:58 PM on July 10, 2002


About the "Lorem ipsum" thing
posted by matteo at 2:03 PM on July 10, 2002


Nice.
posted by th3ph17 at 2:07 PM on July 10, 2002


It's nice, until I hit the back browser button. I had to use the pull down and skip over the auto-pages to get back here.

Why are you people not registering? Am I missing something here?
posted by monju_bosatsu at 2:19 PM on July 10, 2002


Tried it five times and the NYT reg gave me login errors on four of them. It didn't like my email twice and "France, Metropolitan" for City on the other two.

Easier just to login.
posted by eyeballkid at 2:20 PM on July 10, 2002


using IE, the first time i ended up at http://www.majcher.com/nytview.html with no redirection and no automatic submit. second try landed me at a login error page at NYT. drawing board...
posted by quonsar at 2:44 PM on July 10, 2002


Wow, I haven't got any errors -- ever. Maybe I'm just lucky.
posted by geoff. at 3:15 PM on July 10, 2002


Worked for me.
posted by rotifer at 3:23 PM on July 10, 2002


third time was a charm. probably OS rot. getting near time to reinstall.
posted by quonsar at 3:25 PM on July 10, 2002


Not sure how I feel about this. I have no problem using metafilter/metafilter, but giving the NYT phony logins and email addresses? It seems like a needless gumming up of their database. They are saying if you want to use their site, please register. It's not a huge obstacle and there are plenty of other sites that don't require registration. Using metafilter/metafilter at least allows them to track where people are coming from, and doesn't create hundreds of phony accounts.

Anyway it's not a huge moral issue, but I am not sure if it's a good idea. Isn't there a way to do @login&username=metafilter&password=metafilter@ or something like that?
posted by cell divide at 4:12 PM on July 10, 2002


Screw that. It overwrites your permanent cookie (if you have one) with a temporary one. If people haven't bookmarked it by now that's their problem. I like feeding the NYT fake information. The more worthless those databases become the less likely more sites will adopt their methods. It harder to filter out my BS compared to a script's BS.

It would be nice if it didn't force you to use it everytime and left a nice permanent cookie.
posted by skallas at 4:20 PM on July 10, 2002


Cell Divide: When a site requires me to register for no obvious reason with no particular benefit for doing so, I give a phony e-mail address along with phoney everything else I can get away with(I "live" at 742 Evergreen Terrace), and I'm willing to guess a lot of people do this. The only reason the username is "real" is that I have to remember it. How are personal fake listings any better than just plain fake/communal ones?
posted by Su at 5:12 PM on July 10, 2002


my preferred method for posting nyt links:

use the website's built in 'email this article' feature (top right hand corner of the page, under the masthead) and send it to yourself. this process generates a url that works for anyone, even people without an nyt login. for example:

look, it's evanizer's ashtray!

i don't know if these 'generated links' ever expire, but they certainly have a long shelf life; i posted one such link to spofi more than four months ago and it still works fine.
posted by mlang at 5:53 PM on July 10, 2002


nice, simple trick, mlang. thanks...
posted by machaus at 6:27 PM on July 10, 2002


We've been over this before.
posted by donkeyschlong at 8:12 PM on July 10, 2002


And it works great donkeyschlong.
posted by RunsWithBandageScissors at 9:03 PM on July 10, 2002


mlang's trick works with WSJ links, too. Rock on!
posted by me3dia at 12:45 PM on July 12, 2002


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