We have now the sorry situation that more than a dozen of the links on Vekia's "Free modules list - only valuable and proven solutions" list at the top of the free modules forum section are dead links (for example password strength bar widget). These downloads are still there but they have been deactivated because of this rule. I can't see how this is doing the community any service.
The problem is that you expect a perfect world while you completely ignore the many benefits of the free modules. Not only are some of them quite popular, they serve also as proof of concept. Many ideas for commercial modules have roots in the free software. 2b1af7f3a8