The key is the "How to" page. You cannot know less about HTML than I do and still log on to the Internet, but I followed these instructions, copied the Times code into a blank "Blogger" template, and had a faux Times page congratulating my daughter's dramatic accomplishments in about ten minutes. There was the "Blogger" ad banner at the top, but let your wallet be your guide on that point.
And we should note that the Times will frown on this activity:
Be advised that The Times' letter I received specifically mentioned their concern that I had posted instructions on "HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN NEW YORK TIMES WEB SITE. The Times claims that I am "compounding the offense by encouraging others to follow [my] lead". It is not clear to me whether they are claiming that this too is illegal so you will have to read it and decide for yourself. To be safe you had better not follow my instructions on how to create a mirror page."
Well, to be safe you had better not follow my instructions either - I left the "Blogger" banner at the top, and then took the whole page down after showing it off briefly, and you may welll ask, what was the point?
Our time is coming.
UPDATE: See, this is not right, and people might be fooled.
ANOTHER UPDATE: This is classic. The Times will manage to lose, and look bad doing it. This wouldn't be happening if Howell Raines were in charge!
My faux Times Columnist Correction page is making the rounds. A few people have echoed sentiments expressed over at The Lopsided Poopdeck:
I know it's not really a page from the Times. My question is....can I make up pages like this and say anything I want and get away with it? I can think of some good articles I would like to write for the Times.
HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN NEW YORK TIMES WEB SITE (or any site for that matter)
0. Anyone who knows basic HTML knows how easy this is but for those who don't here you go....
1. Open the page you want to replicate in your browers (I am using IE 6.0 so adjust accordingly)
2. Select View, Source so that a text file of the HTML code for the page appears (in my case, in Notepad)
3. Poke around to find text that you can change or modify (I tend to either scroll around or use the FIND feature to find a specific phrase I want to change or replace)
4. After you have made your changes you want save the text file with a .HTM ending
5. To view your work open the new .HTM file in your brower [NOTE: to test your work in progress make changes and hit REFRESH to view those changes in your browser]
6. Upload the finished file to the web