Aha! That context is pretty important, because it’s a rare exceptional example.
We do not mean in that part of the article to say, “go use Google Fonts”, in fact, we avoid that ourselves and host our own fonts on Snowdrift.coop. The point is that the article is meant to highlight best behavior for projects of various sorts. In this case, Google is clearly avoidable but was brought up as an example of acceptable use, in that while Google Analytics violates the honorable ideals, Google Fonts is within the range of acceptability. Acceptable ≠ ideal.
What we’re trying to do in the article is to avoid the sort of attitude that says, “if you violate any ideal principle, you’re bad” and instead say, “here are the things to work on to be the best”. We want to say that there’s a continuum. Google Analytics is worse, Google Fonts is not so bad (currently), but hosting your own fonts is ideal. The key point: We’d rather our ideals convince sites to remove Google Analytics while keeping the fonts versus to dismiss our ideals as impractical perfectionism and change nothing (keeping Google Analytics). So, I want to be able to say, "hey, thanks for removing Google Analytics, good for you! Now, you only have Google Fonts, and that’s not as bad, so yay! I would love to see a situation where getting away from Google Fonts is actually the stage we’re at. Right now, we’re losing ground where not only are we failing to get people to switch away from Google Maps/Earth, we’re seeing Google using Chrome-only features to capture a browser monopoly. Sure, I want total freedom from Google, but Google Maps in Firefox is better than Google Maps in Chrome in terms of how locked-in to Google people are. I want any and all steps away from Google and not to come across as all-or-nothing.
Anyway, thanks for the feedback. I’ve updated the article to make it clear we’re not endorsing Google Fonts. However, the old wording was pretty clear about this already. Sometime, I hope to rework the whole page to make it easier to skim (using better layouts, bullets, etc, reduce excessive words).
As to the future for FLO works, just like the ideals of equity in the world and justice etc. are fine ideals even though we don’t see them often in reality, the ideals of FLO works are perfectly fine. There’s nothing about FLO ideals that inherently won’t work (and lots about proprietary terms that are inherently problematic.
The whole issue about Mastodon and Diaspora etc. is directly related to our whole mission. These things cannot succeed in our current economic system. We need a paradigm shift of public support financially so that many more people can work full-time making such tools really work well.