Aaron wall reports that DMoz has re-opened its add url or suggest a site feature.
So there you have it.
If you have a site and fancy hanging about chasing them up to see if your site has been accepted you know what to do. Hell, if you really want to, you can go over to their forum (assuming they re-open it) and get flamed by a bunch of arrogant rude feckers who will tell you that they are just volunteers, or tell you that DMoz doesn’t exist for the benefit of webmasters, or tell you that your site is an affiliate, or tell you that your site sucks etc etc blah blah blah.
There was a time when it paid to be in DMoz, maybe there still will be, who cares, I don’t. I don’t need them, they don’t need me. End of. I’ve done perfectly well without them. My life hasn’t been poorer for their not being around to add sites to. In fact its probably been a whole lot richer. I’m with the many other detractors out there who have had an uncomfortable experience or two with the odd self inflated wanker over there. Lord of the flies, power corrupts; absolute power corrupts absolutely and all that stuff. That whole meta super status bollocks set up they have, ran like some 3rd world dictatorship of the proletariat.
I could be wrong of course. They may have had a clearout. Someone somewhere may have had an epithany and screamed jesus, look at what this has become.
See what I really don’t get is towards the end of its usefulness the message people were getting was DMoz doesn’t exist for the benefit of webmasters. Some of its meta editors were more or less saying, don’t submit, our editors will find sites worth adding, we really don’t need or want your submissions. There was this huge anti SEO mindset. People like me were viewed as some kind of sub human low life out to corrupt some jewelled piece of antiquity. If you dared actually question them, then they were on you like a rabid pack of attack wolves. It really wasn’t worth the bother, unless you were a glutton for punishment. You were viewed with suspicion, like you were some kind of virus out to infect the hive, at least, that was my experience.
So why has it re-opened? Why why why? Are things going to be different or something? Are they actually going to get hold of the concept of politeness there? Maybe they’ll make it all a whole lot more transparent. Maybe they’ll set up a system that shows you where you are in the queue. Maybe they’ll introduce proper management systems that get rid of that whole elitist set of bollocks they had there.
Sorry, but the whole thing was dead in the water in my book, its a shame it can’t stay that way. We have the Y! directory, we have a zillion and one other smaller niche directories I’d be happy for it to stay dead. Unless maybe, they were brave and decided to wikitize it, now that could be very interesting indeedy… 😉
P.s Ok, so there are a whole bunch of people who edit there or edited who were perfectly nice good people, Im not saying that all volunteers there were wankers, far from it, just a vocal minority who shall remain nameless.