I'm glad there's been a lot of discussion on this topic, which is what I hoped to provoke by releasing this list publicly. I'd like to address some of the points brought up s far.
First of all, I believe there are some misconceptions about the purpose and methodology behind this list. This list is not meant to be a list of "Community item holders-in-waiting", but rather a list of major contributors who would merit at least some consideration for a Community item. As such, I am not saying that every person on this list would or even should get a Community item in a scenario where Valve did start awarding such items again, but merely that these people could all have a case made. I fully expect that everyone's shortlist is much smaller than this one. (Also, just to be clear: since Valve does not award more than one Community item except in exceptional circumstances, this list does not include anyone who has been awarded one in the past even if they meet the criteria.)
With that in mind, I attempted to construct a list based more on reasoning than arbitrary judgement, and so created a list of criteria to add people to the list. The list of criteria was based on the relative significance to the community, whether there were previous Community item holders who fit this criteria, and whether the criteria could be clearly judged from a neutral standpoint. Once the criteria were created, I created the list by adding every person who fit the criteria. (If you're interested in what the criteria are, I list them in the about page for the list, so check that out.)
Obviously, the list isn't perfect, but I feel that I did manage to cover most people, and I am adding more people as I consider suggestions people put forth. There is, however, one area that I am intentionally not covering, and that is Highlander. Contrary to what others have accused, this is not based on my dislike for the gamemode, but rather my relative ignorance of the scene. Simply put, I do not feel comfortable or qualified to effectively create a list of Highlander contributors based on the criteria I set out, but I would encourage anyone that has a more complete understanding to do so.
One final note on bias: I expected people to charge me and by extension the list to be biased towards people and organizations I have worked with, but I honestly don't feel that is the case, having taken great pains to be as objective and neutral as someone can be while creating such a list. This is exemplified by the fact that the number of people I have personally worked with on the list is small, and the number of people who are willing to admit they have worked with me is even fewer. In addition, while there is a significant minority of people on the list who are affiliated with tftv, that seems to be a reflection of how aggressively tftv has recruited people who are talented and dedicated, and if you removed tftv contributions entirely only a small number of them would drop off the list entirely.
I hope that addresses most of what people have brought up so far, and I encourage everyone to provide more feedback.