It's that the technology underlayment doesn't like it. He is a failed stand-up comic, a cornrower, and a book author.

Sites like this want to have their cake and eat it too. Here's a screenshot of a View Source from my i Phone of this page.

When you hit the Times enough times or in different ways you'll be prompted to buy a subscription, and it's apparently working pretty well. But the Times uses a number of techniques strike a balance between "open looking" and "totally not open." If you hit a Times link from Google or Twitter, it works. They appear to look at your IP, use cookies, use HTTP_Referer, use URL querystrings.

If you hit the times from an email, you get a pay wall. However, the New York Times and other web properties are attempting to use the web in a way that the web doesn't like.

In fact, the NYTimes is actively playing Web Whack a Mole with those that would reject their pay wall. It's not just that the people of the web don't like it, that's a social issue. Yes, it's your prerogative on how you want to run your website, but I propose that just like Experts Exchange and others before you, the open web will reject your chicanery. Scott Hanselman is a former professor, former Chief Architect in finance, now speaker, consultant, father, diabetic, and Microsoft employee.

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I was browsing the web today, as I often do, with my i Phone on the can. The introduction of i OS 6 also introduced "smart app banners" as a way to let users know that your site has an associated app.

(Yeah, you do it too, don't front.) A link to an interesting Q&A on Quora came along, so I clicked. The site author just adds a META tag and mobile safari handles the rest.

I can peek at one answer, then presumably I'll be so enamored with Quora's walled garden that I'll rush to download their app.

Note that the giant DOWNLOAD THIS APP PLEASE arrow is all Quora and is not part of the i OS 6 Smart App Banner feature.

This is equivalent to a You Tube video embedding a "please subscribe video" or a reporter pointing at an unseen 1-800 number added later in post production.