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This is an excellent point.
Instead of hoping for DMOZ to repair itself, perhaps we should be asking
Google and the other users of the DMOZ database to investigate choices
other than DMOZ.
What are the alternative human-edited directories that Google could
Or, if no serious competition exists, perhaps we should be looking to
create an alternative to DMOZ.
don't seem to be listening, perhaps you should complain to the
organizations which utilize DMOZ data.
The list is published at
This might have more effect than e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Following up on my own point again, I conducted a cursory review of
DMOZ competitors. Here are some of my findings.
Yahoo Directory: Free listings only for non-commercial sites.
Non-commercial listings are accepted, but, IMHO, are not reiewed or added
to the database.
Zeal: Free listings only for non-commercial sites. No adult content. Very
nice process to become an editor! DMOZ should follow this example!
JoeAnt.com: No free listings, unless you become an editor, which his free
GoGuides: Free Listing are slow but might work. Or, it might be as bad as
DMOZ/Yahoo. I do not know.
DMOZSucks.com: These guys need to change their name. Free listings are
added in less than 48 hours. Very friendly folks. Nice front-end.
directory.myglobalwebsite.com: Odd 90's style... probably dead.
About.com: More of a web encyclopedia than a web directory.
Gimpsy: So annoying to use that I gave up.
Virtual Library: This project has effectively ground to a halt. Their
next meeting is scheduled for 1999.
To convince Google (etc...) to use a directory other than DMOZ, *one* of
these directories has to be made BIGGER and BETTER than DMOZ *and*
theyhave to make their data available to Google at a price comparable to
DMOZ, i.e. free.
So I have heard. But I tried adding my own non-commercial site several
times without any luck. (200 pages in English - extremely unique)
"To add a site profile, you need to log in."
You have to be an editor to add sites. And you have to go through a
I like DMOZ's approach much more: The editors contribute by editing
and I contribute by maintaining my non-commercial site.
They need to alter their links. All internal links are of the form
http://dmozsucks.com/browse.php?cat=1 , which means internal pages are
PR0. And all external links are of the form
http://dmozsucks.com/go.php?id=146 preventing them from passing PR (if
they had any PR to pass).