On some levels, I think this is a fair point. I’ve lost my fair share in my time too and I do also collect them up where I find them. I’m slightly more altruistic* though because I tend to give them away to newbies (unless they’re particularly valuable, eg: Ice Mining II drones).
Having said this, I do find frequently that I press the return to drone bay shortcut and the buggers fail to respond. I’m not sure whether this is a lag issue or something about the platform when it runs on a Mac but the message is kinda handy in this regard.
*For what it’s worth there is no aimed criticism within this comment @Tak_Goden, I think selling them is also fine.