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Dmoz editor selection
can anyone tell me the normal process?

 7:40 am on May 19, 2003 (gmt 0)

I applied to be an editor on the ODP a few days ago but have heard nothing since. I am not worried about the delay, it isn't that long, but I am not sure that they have even received my request. When you submit a form you usually expect to go to an acknowledgment page but this did not happen.
Can anyone tell me the normal system, do they give feed back on applications or do you just assume they dont want you if you hear nothing? If they do reply what would an average time scale be?



 7:49 am on May 19, 2003 (gmt 0)

You are now exactly in the normal process:

1. Apply
2. Wait for any kind of response
3. Re-apply
4. Wait for any kind of response
5. Repeat steps 3-4 until patience is lost
6. Give up

An non-mandatory step that can be included anywhere in the process is: asking in some forum.

I've heard rumors of them answering sometimes, but I think these are about as credible as Nessie and Bigfoot.


 12:35 pm on May 19, 2003 (gmt 0)

Yes i think you should get an acknowledgement mail almost immediately. But they are very choosy over who they pick as an editor. Best of luck.

I was not selected..


 12:47 pm on May 19, 2003 (gmt 0)

You have to reply to the autoreply mentioned above before your application will ever be viewed by any humans.


 10:16 pm on May 19, 2003 (gmt 0)

Let me know if you ever get to be an editor maybe then I can get my site listed


 9:37 pm on May 25, 2003 (gmt 0)

> Let me know if you ever get to be an editor maybe then I can get my site listed <

Not such a bright idea. Editors who list their friends' sites in categories where those sites don't belong are unlikely to survive very long at dmoz -- and the misplaced sites are likely to be deleted.


 9:40 pm on May 25, 2003 (gmt 0)

I think Greg was joking orlady, welcome back to WebmasterWorld btw!


 9:52 pm on May 26, 2003 (gmt 0)

I got a reply and accepted in two hours.

The key:-

1. Write in good English. No spelling mistakes.

2. When you apply make 3 excellent site submission examples. Pick 3 really good sites (yes, there are still loads of them that are not in DMOZ for most categories). Hunt them down - and try other search engines other than google when hunting.

3. Write 3 top-notch descriptions for your selections. To learn to do that, go to a fairly high parent category and see the descriptions there (parent cats are managed by senior editalls). That's what they want you to be able to do. Show them you can. Or can get close.

4. Know all about the category you are applying for. If you don't know anything about it then you can't contribute anything so don't bother. Show them that you know about it in your stated reasons for application.

5. Do it for the right reasons. If you feel you can help make the DMOZ cat you're applying for better, then that's the only reason to apply.

Good luck,



 12:46 am on May 27, 2003 (gmt 0)

6. Pray that there are metas checking new apps at the time you apply.

2 hours is great, but most assuredly not even near average. It's not like there is a cadre of volunteers whose only job is to review new applications. Those editors who do new apps also do a billion other jobs.


 1:10 am on May 27, 2003 (gmt 0)

<5. Do it for the right reasons. If you feel you can help make the DMOZ cat you're applying for better, then that's the only reason to apply.>

Very good answer. Too many editors are approved, just add a few sites (theirs or one's they have interest in) and are never heard from again.

(Sorry Laisha, I thought as long as the link was not clickable it was ok to post - I'll know better next time! :-) ) <---- gosh, I made my double chin.


 12:57 am on May 30, 2003 (gmt 0)

After quite a few rejections and finally approval I can tell you a few key things I did wrong in my previous applications. Seems the ODP is very high on usage of the correct grammar - i.e. spelling, capitalization, etc. I'd suggest really reading the guidlines for submission before completing the form. One misspelled word and you can kiss your submission goodbye. There are lots of good sites out there that are not listed. Make sure the urls you suggest are not already listed. Write short, concise and letter perfect descriptions. I found a rejection letter comes almost immediately - a day or two. Seems that if you don't hear something for a few days/weeks your chances are a bit better although it does depend how busy the editors are. Apply to a category for the right reason - NOT just to get your own site listed.


 12:58 pm on May 30, 2003 (gmt 0)

Excellent point coosblues.


 5:25 pm on Jun 1, 2003 (gmt 0)

Many get in through first volunteering in the other directory sites such as musicmoz.org and chefmoz.org - show your stuff there and then provide your editor handle when applying at ODP.


 1:50 pm on Jun 20, 2003 (gmt 0)


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