In the light of the recent furore about sponsored themes, it may be worth considering whether the default blogroll links to selected developers have had their day.
Yes, it was a nice way of rewarding people for their contributions back when there was no other way of rewarding them (other than user donations, which as we all know are a rare thing indeed) but the project has changed a lot in the past couple of years. Some of the individuals on that list are now fortunate enough to be able to make a living out of WordPress. Others stopped actively participating some time ago. There have been various other people who have made substantial contributions to WordPress in the meantime, yet are not honoured by the inclusion of a link to their personal blog in the default install.
The developer links reinforce the impression that WordPress is the work of an elite inner circle, rather than the combined product of the hundreds of people who have coded plugins, reported bugs, contributed patches, provided support, written documentation and designed themes over the years. I also find them ever so slightly reminiscent of the way every new MySpace user gets assigned Tom as a friend. ;)
I propose that these personal links be replaced by links to community resources such as the development blog, the codex, the plugin repository, the support forums and the theme repository. If credit for the developers is desired, then a link to the Copyright Holders page on codex would be a fairer way of acknowledging them.