A point many people are trying to make here is that this is a tactical mistake.
> and then the user can make an informed decision as to whether to seek a Free driver that will work with the non-Free firmware, or refrain from installing non-Free Software on their system, perhaps by replacing the hardware component.
There is another option you seem to be ignoring: the user can refrain from using free software on their system, and go back to whichever operating system they were using before. And the user will recommend against free systems to others.
There is a reason the most popular distribution makes it easy (though I think it makes it too easy) to enabled closed drivers when the open option is not available (or sometimes even when it is). It is a bait: by making the distribution work very well, even if they have to sacrifice a bit of purity, they entice the user to use more and more free software instead of closed alternatives.
Yes, it is a bait, used in the exact opposite direction that you are fearing: instead of luring users to non-free, they are luring users to free.