More of Google's attempt to become the 'clearing house' of truthful, 'trustful', and important facts and therewith create a 'truthful tribe'. I thought we wanted to rid ourselves of tribalism?
So many talented people will never be known, because they work 'under the radar' or for being ignored (exiled) as 'heretics'.
Here is a question: how can even truth, not to mention trust, be systematized when we cannot know all of it as well as its many sources of origination?
Google is creating its own demise with this. It will go down or cause a vast migration of awakened (and non-evangelists) to move to, create, or participate in other search engines.
True research must make it's own decisions upon what is truthful, trustworthy, and valuable. If we allow a corporation to manage these values, we will enter an age of 'privatized credibility'.
They will be able to keep people out of the debate (social discourse) by making them non-authoritative. If they can establish metrics then everyone must conform to them.
It's like believing Marx, Engels, and Lenin were philosophers when they were really children playing with snake-oil in order to sell the idea that a tyranny of Communism was the solution to humanity's problems.