The Onion Paywall

Update (2014/04/01):  This doesn’t seem to work anymore, check out this updated post, or see comments….

I’m not a big fan of advertisements. I’m also not a big fan of paywalls. Seeing as I do want companies to make money from their content, I’m a horrible person for finding ways around both these things. I’m worse because I’m sharing.

AdBlock for Google Chrome does a great job at removing ads from everything. However, the Onion paywall is still a problem. I’m also worried about how Canadian newspapers are about to begin paywalls. I had a workaround to The Onion’s paywall, that worked well, until a few months ago. With some Googling I finally found a solution. Once AdBlock is installed, click on the Adblock icon and choose Options. Click Customize, and click edit beside the manual section. Paste the following in and save.

##div[style*=”background-image”][style*=”width: 100%”]
##img[src=”http://s.ppjol.net/static/fb/fancy_close.png”]
##a[id=”gregbox-signInTab”]
##div[id=”gregbox-outer”]

6 Thoughts on “The Onion Paywall

  1. Greg Sutton on December 7, 2012 at 7:19 am said:

    Hey I really appreciate you posting this! It’s really helpful. Onion needs to find a different way to monetize their site. Paywalling is bullshit.

  2. Paul B. on March 21, 2013 at 6:50 pm said:

    Hey, thank you for this, very much appreciated. It worked beautifully.

  3. warrenburstein on April 1, 2014 at 11:10 am said:

    This isn’t working. Has something changed?

  4. You’re right Warren,
    Try this:

    theonion.com##div[style*=”background-image”][style*=”width: 100%”]

    ##img[src=”http://s.ppjol.net/static/fb/fancy_close.png”]
    ##a[id=”gregbox-signInTab”]
    ##div[id=”gregbox-outer”]
    http://www.theonion.com##IFRAME%5Bid=“ppUI”][src=”https://ui.ppjol.com/lightbox/lightbox_ui.html?start”]
    http://www.theonion.com##DIV%5Bid=“pressplusOverlay”]

  5. not working too

  6. warrenburstein on April 23, 2014 at 7:31 pm said:

    also not working for me

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