Its been about 8 months since wordpress.org stopped accepting themes from designers. During that time most designers have started releasing themes on their own websites and its made it really difficult to find a theme…. especially one that supported the newer features.
Well good news!Â WordPress.org announced today that it was starting the theme directory.Â As of right now there are only 3 themes uploaded but I have a feeling that will change soon.
All submitted themes will be human reviewed and also scanned for possible exploits.Â I would highly suggest you submit your themes before the que gets huge.
As far as links within the theme go… it is ok to have a link (1 link) to the designers homepage with the name of the company or person who made the theme. If you get spammy odds are its not going to make it in.