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Rather than pay $180 a year to kvetch on site, readers headed for social networks. Says the editor: “In fact, the very point was to get them, and these comments, off my pages.”
The newspaper, first published in Yiddish, is facing all the familiar pressures of print, combined with a shifting base of potential readers.
In an unusual attempt to improve the quality of discourse, the Jewish site is putting a paywall around the comments, not the content.