The major forums seem to have nasty little threads popping up left, right and centre about corruption at DMOZ. It’s hard to believe there’s anything other than the occasional individual having a go, but some are claiming orchestrated campaigns.
It’s fairly well known that I’m a DMOZ editor yet I’ve never been approached by any stranger – and friends have only asked once or twice for info about a submission. Luckily they’re interested in categories beyond my influence but I’d have no problems saying no, either.
Now, I’m not posting here so I can get people asking me for “favours”, after all if you stick your head above the crowd you have to be squeaky clean. I’m fine with that.
My only request is people stop bagging DMOZ and get on with their lives. Sooner or later the other directories like Skaffe, JoeAnt and Jayde will start letting people clone their data – after all that’s the major advantage of being in DMOZ: you automatically get shown in countless other sites and Google considers each a unique inbound link. You certainly don’t get listed in DMOZ for the PageRank. Auckland is only PR5 and by the time you get to actual listing pages the PR has died away altogether.
As an example CNN has many thousands of listings including their review of Harry Potter and Sorcerer’s Stone.
Now, I’m with anyone who thinks it’s mad to have a category for the reviews of each and every movie that actually makes it to the cinema but surely the problem is with the decision to have the category, not in the fact that a valid review gets listed?
Then there are the adult sites such as www.nude-teen-sex-pic.com with 65 listings. They seem to have much of their content listed when infact the site should have a single listing in a category which describes the whole of the site. And why do they call them “adult” anyway when they only ever seem to cater for “men”?
There are other examples of multi listings where I can’t find a listing at all, so how has whois got their data? Perhaps they are tracking the final url and someone has some nasty little redirects going. Who knows? But if I find out I’ll post it here.