I don't see why we have to have one extreme or the other (Totally free anarchy prevails versus totalitarian control freakery)...
I'm sure it's not exactly rocket science for google to impose a bit more control.
Requiring App developers to clearly indicate what it is they are supplying including the proper use of categorization etc.
Those developers that deliberately try and mislead get kicked out.
Google could also include a modest say £10 per app or £50 per dev. fee for listing commercially (not for the free stuff). This is lost if you get kicked off. That would mean at least some pain for those that want to just try and keep registering more and more junk repeatedly in the hope of making a few bucks.
It would mean I could let the kids loose more on my phone without worrying about what might pop up in the market.
I still think they should also have an option that requires password to access the market or to buy apps.
I also have to be constantly on the lookout for accidently purchased apps.
And so can’t keep my card details on google checkout.
Google forums are full of this stuff, but Google ‘seem’ to be ignoring it all.
I have made attempts at feedback to google. e.g. making things more child proof:
Probably a complete waste of time and effort