flicker - 1:43 am on Mar 30, 2004 (gmt 0)
I'm torn myself. On the one hand, I think downplaying the ODP on the Google homepage and the top of each searchpage will probably be good for webmasters (who kept misunderstanding and freaking out about the relationship) and ODP editors (who must waste time on the resultant spam). On the other, of course I liked the idea that my diligent work was reaching a wider audience. (-: And as a searcher, I really miss the Google category links being returned in individual SERPs. ODP's search function is mediocre, so I very commonly search for something on Google and then shift to their copy of the directory, especially when I'm doing online shopping. Google search within their copy of ODP is often very useful to me. It's annoying that I'll now have to switch to their directory homepage if I want to do this. I'm sure a lot of other users enjoyed those on-page category links too. Ah well.