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Moderator's Note: I've split this thread off from the existing "the DMOZ server is down" [webmasterworld.com] thread as I believe the continuing delay raises issues that merit airing, including what the lack of support may portend for the ODP and what, if anything, ought to take place.
This is NOT an invitation to speak poorly of the ODP. Like it or not the ODP is a volunteer enterprise and it is that volunteerism, in service of the project, that entitles the ODP and its numerous good faith editors to respect in my book. This problem is not of their making so "the ODP" - which IS the volunteers - ought not to take the brunt of any criticism for this lingering situation.
I stay to my opinion DMOZ is not what they intended to be. As an "authoritive" directory, to be down for more then 1 month now (6 weeks? I've been checking it daily since October 20 , I think) is really lame. And I don't count here broken links or inapropriate listings, nor submissions that takes years to shows up...really poor resource for Google
[edited by: Webwork at 1:35 am (utc) on Nov. 29, 2006]
I've heard from a former AOL employee that DMOZ editors would be surprised at the internal uses AOL makes of DMOZ data, suggesting that those uses more than justified the cost of maintaining the directory, but unfortunately he wouldn't share any details. He could have been pulling my leg, but I doubt it.
AOL hasn't said much of anything about the ODP: editors were assured it would continue to be open to all users, which was the community's biggest concern. And the license had always given a LOT of leeway for "interesting" alternative uses. It's one of the attractions of editing that you not only help build something useful in itself, but you can enable others to dream things you never imagined.
AOL is selling ODP to the CIA
(Conglomeration of Internet Affiliates)
ODP Says "there, are ya happy now?"
For years some webmasters have suggested its
unfair that some sites get listed while their sites do not get listed. ODP currently is not listing any new sites for anyone.
ODP taken over by the Klingon Empire
The computer hardware is fine, but the software has been hijacked by the Empire. The Klingon High Council demands perfect spelling and exquisite sentence structure, in Klingon, before proceeding with any site suggestion.
I could come up with more, but well, while it ain't much, I still gots a life and I'm getting back to it now. :)
FOLKS: Just a reminder. Please try to keep focus when it comes to DMOZ threads and if you have in mind to open up a new - especially a new and interesting issue - please start a new thread. I am more than happy to release new DMOZ threads so long as their substance is not, essentially, a grievance or the latest invitation to gripe. Thank you.
[edited by: Webwork at 12:13 am (utc) on Dec. 10, 2006]
7-8 weeks, trust me, its not a technical issue,unless they loss all their data or applications. I suspect that DMOZ is smart enough to do backups, and offsite backups at that, of all data and applications.
Even though DMOZ is a vounteer organization for editors, I hope they actually have paid competent IT staff to run their data centers.
<Snip - Sorry, funny page but outbound links to personal websites are invariably (99.9%) removed.>
[edited by: Webwork at 12:27 pm (utc) on Dec. 14, 2006]
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