Why have you not posted a similar statement about the NYTimes? I have had the same frustration with their paywall and am unable to see links posted in this forum. I don't subscribe because I don't frequently read the NY paper, only occasionally.
You just did. Thanks - they're another good example. Wall Street Journal, too.
More importantly, it's *always* best to root around and find the original source of an article, column, or news item, and if the Post (or Times, or Journal) is the original source, then I would ask everyone to please link to them, regardless of the paywall. It's more important to give credit where credit is deserved, than to worry about paywalls or future non-existence. So once again, everyone *please* take a little extra time and find the original author, and link to that - also, especially if it's a blog, or a small-time operation which may not be around in ten years, please take a screenshot of the writing and include it with your post. Even if it takes multiple screenshots, please do it - that way, even if a publication ceases to exist, we'll still have the writing. (*)
Obviously, there's a fair-use policy, and we can't go around just cutting-and-pasting other people's work here in its entirety, so use your best judgment and common sense, and when in doubt, you can always write me and ask. The buck stops with me, and if any publication ever thinks we've used too much of their original work, I ask that they write me, and I'll make sure it's taken care of (in 10+ years, nobody has ever written me about this issue) - I have absolutely no desire for us to pirate your work, I promise you; just the opposite - if you've read the posts here, you've noticed that I spend a lot of time trying to give proper credit to both the author and the website which publishes a piece. But I'm not perfect, this is a large website, and I can easily make mistakes or overlook something - so please bring any discrepancy to my attention.
(This is a long, rambling way of saying that 'I just want to do what's right by everyone.')
The least you could do is support your local paper!
You owe me for a new Chromebook.
(Btw, this is my local paper, and I can't support any industry that continues to destroy so many natural resources for such temporary utility - it's amazing to me that print newspapers still exist, but hell, as long as I get my caffeine jolt, everything else is right with the world, climate change be damned).
(*) This is why I keep stressing to everyone that we're going to be around for as long as the internet is around. Your work here will never be lost, and your grandchildren will be able to look back 50 years from now, and see what you wrote. This is also why I urge people to use their real names, so your writing is captured for posterity (remember, I can change screen names in a matter of seconds, so anyone who wants to change theirs - just send me a PM, and it will get done as soon as I read your message - and that brings me to another shout-out to Pat for all she does with membership behind the scenes - have you all written Pat and cheezepowder and thanked them yet?). <--- Is this period supposed to go here?