We need a new internet law. I propose "Astley's Law". It works similar to Godwin's Law in ending threads. Rick-rolling a comment section, being the epitome of humor, is the high water mark and conclusion of a thread's humor potential. The thread closes because there is no more funny to be had.
My small-town desert southwest paper put up a paywall, too. But I think they made theirs more retarded.
The homepage shows headline, byline, and lede. Click through and the article page shows a preview that is often shorter than the lede you already read.
Then comes the paywall pitch. Registered members can comment for free but only paying members get to read the whole article. Yes, you read that right. Comment for free or pay to comment and read the rest of the article. Comment quality is what you'd expect from that arrangement.
Or just read the news somewhere else since most of their stories are wire service reposts.
SOPA and PIPA were going to reform copyright law. We rail against it then in the very next breath we ask for it. No wonder Hollywood lobbyists are having such a hard time buying laws, no one can make up their minds.