Unfortunately this is "par for the course" for open-source initiatives. The sad truth is that the web is littered with unfinished and unrealized open source projects that at first glance were good ideas.
Lots of people talk about the evil of M$ and commercial software and make hallow threats about switching to linux and such.
But in the end commerce is what will drive the web and innovation.
Can't pay the rent,get a date and/or feed the kids on good intentions.