I think this is a serious issue with LT.
The templates are not plug and play - I am having to spend enormous time checking that everything has been done properly, after discovering that there were issues in one of them, and checking others then to see that almost all have issues. Examples of issues:
1. "About me" is not ported into some templates.
2. When displaying comments, some templates don't check if the person who commented has left a URL - they assume he did, though the standard template puts an if loop to check.
3. Some of them do not give the syndication links.
4. Many do not look the same in IE and FF. Fixing that can take ages.
5. The calendar is not formatted properly (mostly in terms of center-aligning the dates - this usually takes adding a few lines to the CSS, but it should have been done).
6. The headings for blocks on the side panels should either all be title case or all lower case. They are mixed up in most places.
7. When I click on the link for a specific category of posts, the heading (e. g. Category: General) does not come up in the next page in many templates.
8. Search results show upto 300 characters of the post in some templates, and just headings in others.
There are more, especially in look and feel. Minor, but they take away from a thoroughly slick experience. The final blogger cares a lot about look and feel.
I realize LT is free, but that does not mean it should not be thoroughly professional, since I am guessing the objective, given the sheer effort that has gone in, is to make it the most popular opensource blogging software.
My fixes are specific to my site (I add some additional features), and I am not sure I am doing a professional job either, since I learn something new with each additional template that I have go back and fix in earlier ones. Someone should look this up for future users. All templates should be screened by the core team before they are made available to users.
Thank you for your time.