Here is a funny incident that shows how much the Open Directory is really open. Yesterday, I found a link to a thread on another forum. The poster had seen a listing of an anti-dmoz site in ODP in the following category [dmoz.org...]
Within a few minutes the listing had been yanked. though it still shows if you search Dmoz for it, it is still cached by both Yahoo and Google.
I think the editor had listed it first then brought it up to the attention of some higher editor, who quickly removed it. I am not surprised that they removed it, but why always claim to be open and then do this.
As mentioned in more than one thread here and elsewhere. Dmoz editors are quick to jump in and fiercely defend the openness and transparency of the Directory and its way of doing business. This action alone shows that its not the case.
[edited by: skibum at 2:02 am (utc) on May 5, 2006]
Not so long ago I was a huge fan of DMOZ. I mean thousands of volunteeers trying to create a better internet. I registered at RZ and learnt somethings about DMOZ. But now I must say I am not very impressed by DMOZ. At another webmaster forum I frequent(sticky me for link), fistifights between DMOZ editors are pretty common with each accusing other of corruption. The pro pedophilia listings were a hot issue not so long ago. So ODP is not as good as it is made out to be.