One site that does its paid archive right

All news sites that have paid archives should make them work the way the Arizona Daily Sun’s does. Their site does not let URLs expire.

I just tried a link in an old blog entry that goes to an article from January 2003. You now get the first two paragraphs of the article and a note that buying the full article costs $2.95. But the URL magically goes to the right place, rather than to a 404 error page telling me the article is probably walled off in a completely different archive system that I now have to search manually.

The fact that almost all Web sites’ paid archive software still doesn’t talk to the CMS that handles free content is just idiotic.

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