Rosalind - 12:46 pm on Jun 11, 2010 (gmt 0)
What are the directories you can submit your website without google think: "hey you are a seo"?
Better directories will add sites even if nobody suggests them via their forms. Lower-quality ones may start out with a seed set copied from elsewhere. So I don't think this is something you should sweat if you're submitting your site on a small scale.
You can tell the directories with cooties just by looking at their listings. Ask yourself if they're on-topic, quality, and likely to be useful to visitors. Should the search engines count those links?