sorry if i am repeating an old question but just how important is ODP? In my opinion its only true worth is the amount of links it can create to your site from other portals usings its data. Any comments.
It's worth it, but not worth obsessing about. There are many well ranked sites that are not listed in the ODP.
Make a note of the date and category you submit to and if it's not listed after a couple of months, you can inquire about the submission at the resource zone (link in category Charter [webmasterworld.com]).
Loads of those other portals using it are PR0 or low PR, that's probably the least of the benefits.
It's worth it for the PR from the listing plus the Google directory listing, and then there's the matter that by inferred definition ODP is an "expert" source of a link. That alone makes it worth it having, for any search engine that figures that into their algorithm.
1. Getting onto DMOZ as it is unavailable quite a lot at the moment
2. You can waste time getting the "add url" feaure to work. There has been a lot of correspondence at WebmasterWorld about the problems
3. You can waste time chasing up whether or not it has been accepted/deleted/lost.
In the end, if it does not get in, or takes the proverbial 2 years to be found in a dusty corner by a DMOZ editor, then your serps ranking on Google will not be substantially altered on way or the other.