In [a post on MetaTalk](https://metatalk.metafilter.com/24814/State-of-the-Site-Metafilter-financial-update-and-future-directions), cortex lays it out for us. The site is currently running at about an $8,000/mo. The vast majority of their operating costs go to pay for kind, thoughtful, moderators and the folks who keep the servers running. If you can afford to support Metafilter, do it. The internet needs independent spaces like Metafilter.