@ipstenu - I don't disagree because I actually think I remember reading that years ago about the .com and .org split.
The .Org is right at the top.
So lets pretend worse case scenario, someone came to the wordpress website downloaded a free template and there a donate button or a mention of the wordpressfoundation project?
Maybe they would decide they didn't want a wordpress anymore?
Let's consider the current situation. 16,000,000 (maybe) Mystique themes alone are floating around the web and it hasn't done anything except saturate the web with a template that is now more recognizable than Blogger. Jmo...
Where is WordPresses recognition to a laymen in that situation and how many of those 16,000,000 have any interest in the wordpress project at all.
I am not a socialist, but I can probably sound like one when I say that saturating the web with free templates that people want, without even making them aware of any sort of social responsibility they might have to the web industry/community/advancement of wordpress at all is robbery in every sense of the word. Not only is WordPress brand name trumped, the copy right is removed from a significant portion of them, and nobody makes a dime.
I do understand that there are other industries built from WordPress, and good for them. How many of them will give back to the project?
16,000,000 results in the search engine, and I don't have the real statistics, is probably a significant amount of traffic, enough that WordPress could probably at the very least feature top donators list, like the showcase, maybe next to the recommended hosting list, or at the very least, ask people to donate a lousy dollar or two before downloading and link to the wordpress foundation.
I am not a lawyer. It's not my business or my organization, I'm just considering the entire health of the web and peoples involvement in it and questioning why a brand with a such a huge reputation isn't trying to hold people accountable for social responsibility. I only see 16,000,000 websites and not a dollar made for any interest except commercial personal gain which, if you are a socialist, I don't understand. From a web developer perspective, I can't see why people at the very least should not be reminded or encouraged to think that there is indeed a value attached to the WordPress brandname as is, whether they pay for it or not.
I am just concerned that FREE means worthless, and when there is a such a huge potential, it seem like FREE means wasted, and if WordPress.org did make money, that money could probably do a lot of things. Again, its not my business, I am not a lawyer, these are just my opinions, or criticisms.