I'm finding myself using Readability to link to stories that for whatever reason are not imho readable. If I can't read it without using Readability (my eyes are not young anymore, and need a bit larger type, and I will not send out links to interstitial-limited sites) then I send out a Readability-processed link instead. It in turn points back to the original, if you want to see the ads, or squint at the tiny type. I'm calling on all site designers to spend 2013 working on making their sites work for readers. We're the reason you make your sites in the first place. Otherwise, why bother being in the writing business. It's not very profitable, I hear.
Flip this on its head.
Every story in a river should have a readable button.
In fact, my river has just that...
Do you think a simple service (via bookmarklet mainly) for whitelisting/blacklisting sites based on their readabilty would make sense? I almost built that when InstaPaper came out. Maybe worth doing now?
A simple YES or NO response.
The data is collected and service outputs to OPML and other formats and made publically available.
A RESTful API for other apps to ping so logic can be added into their apps to determine if a url should be shared as one of the readable helper services or direct url to the "readable" article/site.
Based not only on domain names but on actual permalinks. Since some sites may have some articles that are not inundated with ads while other pages and articles may have ad vomit and 10 page parts to click through to read full article etc.