Note: see updates at the end of this post.
Dear Readers: I am trying to get clarification from the New York Times on the terms of access to their content through Reality Chex. After I wrote to them saying a non-subscriber to the Times had received a warning pop-up when she linked through Reality Chex, this is the e-mailed response I got:
Dear Marie Burns,
Thank you for contacting NYTimes.com.
All non-subscribers to the New York Times (either a digital subscription or a print subscription) are limited to twenty articles per month.
The behavior described by one of your readers when accessing that editorial is consistent with how we designed our new metered model for access to NYTimes.com.
We hope this helps.
In other words, a non-subscriber to the Times cannot link through Reality Chex once she has used up her 20 hits. Following is my response to Smith. I copied publisher A. O. Sulzberger:
So there's where we stand: in limbo. The publisher of the Times has said non-subscribers can link through Reality Chex; his programmers reportedly designed the system so they cannot. We'll see how this all shakes out. In the meantime, I will continue to link to Times content, but I will attempt to find other sources for news items. If you're having a specific problem, write to me at this link to let me know, & perhaps I can be of help.
Update: several readers have written to say they have used up their 20 free hits but are still able to link through Reality Chex to Times content. A few more readers have written to say they are getting pop-up notifications that they're on their last or nearly-last freebie.
Update 2: I have not heard back from the Times, but this morning -- Monday -- several readers who were having trouble accessing the Times through Reality Chex say they are now able to link through.