The OpenOffice.org templates web site had many templates that were kind of spammy. They didn't offer a whole lot. In 1 case, it was so poorly done, that using it would waste time, which is exactly opposite of what templates are supposed to do.
I manged to send a list to the web site admin, and most of my suggestions were used, so the web site should be better now.
There are still many improvements that I'd like to see, but the admins don't seem to have much incentive for it.