Ideas for Arc XP

Allow the server side paywall to be bypassed via request parameters

Technical challenge:
The server side paywall product prevents certain use cases that require client (browser) side logic and/or a call to an external API to evaluate whether an article should be paywalled or not.

Proposed solutions:

  1. Add logic to the edge function that currently evaluates the paywall cookie to set the “variant” request parameter to also take into account a known set of URL parameters.

  2. Whitelist a URL parameter in our CDN config either from the google set or a new one that can be evaluated by the resolver that decides whether to paywall an article based on the current “variant” parameter

  • Javier Frank
  • Jun 15 2021
  • Will not implement
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