As previously reported, the SF Chronicle has launched a plan to put some of its content behind a paywall. Appeal readers have many thoughts about this! Not just in the comments, but by way of our daily poll, which yesterday asked “Will You Pay $12/Month To Read The SF Chronicle Online?”


As you can see from the chart, the response “AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA no” won by a landslide, with 71.61% of the vote. And there were many “other” responses! Here are a few:

They still produce the Sunday paper in physical form?

Sadly, regrettably, I won’t pay it. [SF Examiner editor/writer, 1980-2000]

No, but I do feel sufficiently guilty about that fact.

Once SFChronicle has $12 worth of stories on it, maybe?

Won’t pay $ if Willie Brown gets a paycheck from my subscription

I already pay for ‘weekends’ which infuriatingly includes Fridays

For the chance to cost them $28 for the Sunday paper, maybe!!

We know one subscriber, of course — our own Rita Hao, who will be reporting her take on the new all this week.

Here’s her first installment: My First Day With The New Online Chron.

the author

Eve Batey is the editor and publisher of the San Francisco Appeal. She used to be the San Francisco Chronicle's Deputy Managing Editor for Online, and started at the Chronicle as their blogging and interactive editor. Before that, she was a co-founding writer and the lead editor of SFist. She's been in the city since 1997, presently living in the Outer Sunset with her husband, cat, and dog. You can reach Eve at

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