Sources say the Times is poised to reinstate its online paywall as a metered system where readers begin paying once they exceed a certain quota of articles viewed. According to NY Magazine, “One personal friend of [NY Times Chairman Arthur] Sulzberger said a final decision could come within days.” The move to make readers pay for content has been long in the making, but was made more pressing by the drop in online advertisement caused by last year’s financial crisis. The meter system—in which big readers pay while casual readers may browse for free—beat out two other options: a model like the old TimesSelect where some parts of the site are free and some are paid and an NPR totebag-for-donation model.