how about "freshmeat classics"?
What we need is something like "freshmeat classics". This would be a subsite (or just a new view on the main site) that identified "classic" free software, thus pointing out the key pieces of software in a given area.
So, for example, in the category of text editors, the classics are basically emacs and vi. The most classic codebase for emacs is that of the GNU project; xemacs would probably also merit mention. Etc, etc.
The diversity we have is good, but it's critical that the key pieces of software remain easy to find over time. If you were a total newbie and looking for a free software mail client, you'd be doomed, I think. There must be a hundred of them, and no way to easily tell what's usable or not, what's good or not, what's dead or not, etc.