rfgdxm1 - 4:12 am on Dec 19, 2002 (gmt 0)
Read my post above: "Of course a lot of those are no doubt spam. However, the editors have to slog through the spam to get to the sites that should be listed." I didn't mean to suggest that there were 1.1 million sites that should be added, merely that was the number of unrevieweds. I've deleted far more spam as an ODP editor than I have reviewed sites that even possibly fit that category. I'll presume that your cats were hit by that FX spammer that was submitting with a bot like mine were being clobbered? The problem is that there is limited time the editors have. Having to spend most of your editing time dropping spam in the bit bucket means that it is that much longer before the legitimate submissions can be reviewed. Currently in my cat space which has 311 sites listed, in the @ links that I can't edit there are 900 or so unrevieweds that are languishing in categories without editors I can't do anything about. Personally, I think the ODP needs some new procedures to deal with cases of underworked editors like me. What immediately comes to mind is a new class of editor that fits my situation. Call it "stand-in editor". I'd propose that in cases like mine, that I could apply for this status in any @ link that currently is without an editor, and has a ton of greens. A stand-in editor would have full editor privs in that category (or, at least over all the reds and greens; although if the cat has a ton of unreviewed sites, I'd think the currently added ones aren't being checked up on either) until such time that someone applies for an editor via the usual procedure and is approved. The basis for approval would be a meta reviewing the applying editors current cats to make sure they are ship shape, and the editor The problem with the current system is that you have to submit 3 proposed sites to add to each cat, with appropriate title, description, etc. The idea behind a stand-in editor is that they are just someone who is pitching in to help cats that are troubled by a large number of greens and reds. In an ideal world every cat would have an editor that is truly dedicated to it. However, in cases of cats with no editors, and also have a backlog of reds and greens, I'd think my idea is better than just letting sites languish in unrevieweds.