This isn’t just about MetaFilter, it’s about any publisher who relies on Google for income. From Marco.org:
People wonder why I’m so skeptical of Google and careful not to rely on them for too much. This is why: they’re in this unassailable position of absolute monopoly power for such a massive part of web publishing because too many people aren’t so skeptical.
The link from the Marco.org post goes to this frank and honest piece from Matt Haughey on Medium about income levels at MetaFilter and how Google’s algorithm and Google’s disregard for humans (and the human powered web) is killing one of the internet’s oldest and best community sites.