You called it a trial yourself. I did quote the exact part where you said that.
Since we’re talking about trial vs sample though…
Trial systems often are also a restricted portion of the product. Either in features available or the amount you can use it. I get the feeling a distinction is trying to be made but it doesn’t quite pan out.
The difference I’m seeing is, in a “Trial” system the site/software operator determines what the user can see and do. In the “Sample” system the user decides in some way what they see and do. Which, once you put the power in the users hands, they can find ways of abusing it unless you’ve specifically authenticated them individually.
Standards do not decide this. Incognito/Private modes should have full API access as any other browser instance. The only difference is that users expect what happens in that to not stick around once they close it out.
So, here’s a scenario. One household with two individual users. They have one shared machine in the home, let’s say a Chromebook device with multiple user accounts. User 1 visits and views four articles. Then User 2 visits and uses up the rest during their session. In this scenario, User 1 (who is their own individual person) has their “sample” for the time-span reduced because of User 2. Same device, different profiles, but because this “device ID” for authentication is used, they both hinder each others usage of the sample that both should receive individually.
The web works by putting users first, always. If we can find a way to help this business model that doesn’t hinder users privacy, security, or accessibility then it’s worth looking into. These solutions however are anti-user and shouldn’t be done:
- Some persistent identifier across all profiles and/or origins. With or without permission in advance, this system is too dangerous.
- Ability to block or detect incognito users outright. (Some sites do try to take advantage of users based on their previous history. This allows them to try and force users into higher prices or detrimental situations.)