Posted by Brian from Shawnee on February 11, 2004
In Reply to: Merriam-Webster online posted by abe on February 11, 2004
: : : : : My old standby, Merriam-Webster online, is going from a free service to subscription. I am dismayed.
: : : : I have been worried that this was going to happen.
: : : : Please provide a link to where you got the information that it IS GOING TO HAPPEN.
: : : http://www.m-w.com/home.htm
: : : Instead of a definition, I got this message:
: : : Main Entry: faddle
: : : faddle is one of more than 1,000,000 entries available at Merriam-WebsterUnabridged.com. Click here to start your free trial!
: : I went back and typed some other words and was able to access definitions. Maybe it was a false alarm. Or they don't like the word "faddle."
: "...one of more than 1,000,000 entries available at Merriam-WebsterUnabridged.com. Click here to start your free trial!" There is a glitch in their new format OR they are pushing the subscription harder than before. I am still spooked that they will start charging. The good often do start charging e.g. ths.gardenweb. I cannot find a good Japanese Candlestick Graphics (an investment tool) that does not charge - the free ones are too small for my old eyes.
Looks like they're just advertising their fee-based unabridged service more effectively than they had been. Words that are in the unabridged edition but not the free edition would in the past have come up as non-existent words.
I also think there are so many free on-line dictionaries out there that they won't turn the whole thing into a fee-only site.