On April Fools Day 2010, Off on a Tangent displayed with a modified template that asked users to purchase a site subscription. All content was cut-off after some introductory text and then had a notice asking users to subscribe to read the rest. The announcement read as-follows:

Get Your OoaT Subscription Today!

Effective today, I am instituting a premium subscription system for Off on a Tangent. If you want to gain access to some of the quality content on this website, please consider purchasing an Off on a Tangent subscription. Prices start at only $75/year! This is much less than some of our competitors, and I think  [...]

Clicking on the various subscription links gave you this information:

Some Off on a Tangent content is available only to paying subscribers. Subscribers receive:

  • High quality news, opinion, and creative content from Scott Bradford.
  • No more ‘nag screens.’
  • Good ‘mojo’ from supporting the independent media.
  • A free subscribers’ gift*!

If you want to join the Off on a Tangent community and support quality, independent media, please consider subscribing. Subscription plans start as low as $75/year.

  • $75/year unlimited access†.
  • $95/year news and reviews access.
  • $150/year unlimited access.
  • $200/year premium access.

Unlimited access plans unlock the entire Off on a Tangent site with no restrictions whatsoever.

News and reviews plans unlock breaking news, news opinion, and product/media reviews. Fiction, poetry, and other miscellaneous content is not included.

Premium access plans provide all-access rights to Off on a Tangent, including everything in the ‘unlimited’ plan plus publish rights! You can contribute your own content to the Off on a Tangent community!

To subscribe, please contact me directly with a 250 word essay describing why you would like to be an Off on a Tangent subscriber!

* Free gift is available to unlimited and premium subscribers; gift may be made from pipe cleaners and snot.
† $75/year unlimited plan requires 25-year subscription contract and 10-years prepayment.

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Scott Bradford has been building web sites and using them to say what he thinks since 1995, which tended to get him in trouble with power-tripping assistant principals at the time. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from George Mason University, but has spent most of his career (so far) working on public- and private-sector web sites. He is not a member of any political party, and brands himself an ‘independent constitutional conservative.’ In addition to holding down a day job and blogging about challenging subjects like politics, religion, and technology, Scott is also a devout Catholic, gun-owner, bike rider, and music lover with a wife, two cats, and a dog.