Good editing is the key to Freshmeat
I agree with the editors' position that it is necessary to evaluate each submission before adding it to the appindex.
I value Freshmeat highly because I know that the material in the archives is all good stuff (at least, all the material I've used so far). There are plenty of compilations of software on the Web, but few which contain only high-quality stuff.
I also sympathize with the editors' plight when faced with rejecting submissions. It isn't an easy job, but I thank them very much for doing it. To my mind, there's still no substitute for the judgement of an individual, or small group of individuals.