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Terrific article from Debra Mastaler, including Q&A with Bob Keating, Editor In Chief of the Open Directory Project. From the article: "When talking about the DMOZ two camps typically emerge, those who support the directory and its mission (editors) and those who support getting into the directory (SEOs). While the two sides tend to clash, I’ve found the “directory trust” SEOs seek is the same trust DMOZ editors feel they need to protect. The determination by both groups to satisfy their goals fuels the constant struggle between webmasters and directory."


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from BrentCsutoras 1881 Days ago #
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Wait... DMOZ isn't dead?



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from niche 1881 Days ago #
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Dmoz.... Hmmmm?



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from NickWilsdon 1881 Days ago #
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I'm feeling a little sunnier towards DMOZ these days. One of our client's sites just got included within a week of submission with a solid title/description. Maybe we got lucky with the editor or section but it was a good result. If they can give businesses a good quality, relevant and free link then all power to them. As to the directory, it probably still has a future but they need to work on the search functionality; it's too basic and unreliable. Fixing that would be a big step forward.



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from sithburns 1880 Days ago #
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DMOZ is the devil



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from elektro 1880 Days ago #
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What is Dmoz? :)



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from JeffMartin 1880 Days ago #
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I've been moderating over at the SEW forums for a few years now and back in '05 I wrote an editorial entitled "The Lords of Ye 'Olde ODP" where I expressed I felt the flaws were with the editorial system and some of the editors themselves. Three days later DMOZ killed its submission status check forum LOL. So yeah... I ruined it for everyone.

My favorite line in the piece is about trying to ask editors about your submission status (in the right forum!):

"It’s like being George Castanza in Seinfeld, standing in the Soup Nazi kitchen line and daring to say that you didn’t get any bread with your soup. "NO SOUP FOR YOU! NEXT!!""

The thread went pretty hot and Danny (back in his SEW days) did a few write ups on it. Check it out for a not-so-history lesson on DMOZ.



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from tpholmes 1879 Days ago #
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I applied to be a moderator for a moderator-less category, and was rejected.  The entries in the category were awful.  Call me naive, but I thought I could do a better job than "nobody", even if I was a little (though not a lot) biased.



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from NickWilsdon 1879 Days ago #
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@Jeff

That article is worth a link - The Lords of Ye 'Olde ODP



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from debram 1879 Days ago #
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Recently Rich Skrenta (@skrenta) one of the founders of DMOZ tweeted this:

"What is the meaning of life?  11 answers according to Hunch http://bit.ly/2ZLytf"

Ironically, the first two answers listed are:

  1. To leave a great legacy
  2. Try and be nice to people.

Too bad Rich didn't leave those thoughtful answers with anyone at DMOZ.



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from seobro 1877 Days ago #
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1999 called, they want DMOZ back.



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from karmadir 1833 Days ago #
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Dmoz has to improve itself else it will be really forgotten.


Nowadays better link building options have arrived than dmoz such as social media sites. blog commenting and social bookmarking which give fast results than dmoz



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