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I’ve created an alternative frontend for Medium. If you, like me, are occasionally forced to read articles on medium.com, now you can read them on Scribe instead!

Feedback welcome.

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    When Medium launched I was genuinely impressed by the quality of their content. Ditto Quora. Hard to believe, now that the VC vultures have turned both of those sites into a punchline.

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      2000s- about.com

      2010s- quora.com

      2020s- medium.com

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      You should consider listing an example article on the front page so it’s clear what the result looks like.

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        Thanks, you’re not the first person to suggest this. I’ll put that in my queue.

        Edit: It is done.

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        I like the concept, but do you really think they will let you circumvent their paywall forever? This seems like a project with a built-in expiration date.

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          Thanks! And yeah, this could stop working any moment 😂 I still got a lot of value out of making it and launching it though. It’s also possible this doesn’t make a big enough dent in their profit for them to care. Nitter, Invidious, and the like all continue to work well.

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            Don’t let that discourage you! I love these types of front ends. I currently used the Privacy Redirect extension in Firefox for Invidious mirrors, nitter, libredd.it and others. They’re all amazing, and contributes have kept many of them functional as well as providing several alternative hosts!

            Most of them are way better than using the actual sites as far as usability goes as well. Thank you for your effort. These types of frontends are really important.

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            You get the first 2 or 3 articles “free”; if you don’t store cookies in your browser then you always get “free” articles. If the scribe.rip service gets banned then you can host your own version – it’ll be hard to block that as long as they keep the “first n articles for free”-scheme.

            But even if you get all of it for free this is great, because the entire thing is just so incredible annoying with all their stupid JavaScript that prevents you from copying text (instead, you can tweet about it because, apparently, tweeting something is more important than copying).

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              In practice, it’s more than 2 or 3 because whether or not articles go behind the paywall is a decision made by individual authors (though it’s now enabled by default, rather than disabled by default as it was up until about a year ago). This proxy seems to remove the intrusive pop-overs asking non-logged-in users to register, which people repeatedly mistake for the very visually similar paywall pop-overs.

              I’m not sure what you mean about “javascript that prevents you from copying text” – maybe some extension is removing it for me, or maybe some extension on your end is causing the social-highlighting mechanism to interfere with copy & paste? I copy text from medium all the time.

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            Nice job. Does it also remove the paywall?

            It would be a very nice addition to Privacy Redirect : https://github.com/SimonBrazell/privacy-redirect

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              And yes it does get around the paywall. The API I’m using just… doesn’t check. I’m not even sure how I’d support the pay wall.

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                Ah cool. I hadn’t seen that extension before, thanks!

                Edit: looks like someone’s already working on that: https://github.com/SimonBrazell/privacy-redirect/pull/311

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                Hope it’ll stay. Medium has become a chore.

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                  I’ve been using https://archive.today/ for the longest time, which essentially does the same thing minus the changing of the visual layout. Plus, it’s good for other sites as well like The Economist. It can be a bit slow to archive if the page hasn’t been archived before, but other than that couldn’t be happier with the premise.

                  Since your version seems to be significantly faster: do you foresee adding support for other sites as well that may implement per cookie “free” articles?

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                    Thanks, I hadn’t heard of archive.today. I don’t have any plans to build anything similar for other sites. All the code written here is built for medium, so building support for other sites would be effectively a whole new project which I’m not looking for right now.

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                    This is cool, and Redirector is a very cool project! Are there any lists of common redirections for, eg, twitter and other sites that are very slow? I use quite an old machine to browse the web

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                      Thanks! Redirector isn’t mine FYI, but I agree it’s nice. @ploum pointed me toward Privacy Redirect which has similar sites listed. That might work well for you 🙂

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                      I would recommend adding a short description to your splash page. It’s not clear what exactly this does (i.e. differentiating features compared to Medium itself). Even after visiting your example link, I’m still not sure. Note: I’m not a regular visitor to Medium.

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                        Thanks for the suggestion. You’re not the first to make it 😃 I’m trying to figure out what I might say. If you’re not a regular visitor to Medium, you don’t need this site! 🙂 If you know what an alternative frontend is, and you don’t like reading content on Medium, you probably don’t need to be told. For example, look at Nitter and any Invidious instance. They don’t explain themselves at all on the homepage, although nitter does have a ? link to explain more.

                        All that said, it’s easy enough to whip up a paragraph with a brief explanation. I really want to avoid the “why” though because everyone has different reasons: more privacy, less paywall, less platform dominance, better UI/UX, etc. I provide the service, why you’d use it is for you alone.

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                        Awesome!