Go2 - 9:50 am on Dec 30, 2004 (gmt 0) I get the impression that most of your points essentially boil down to:
Interesting post and mostly good advice as far as I can tell.
I get the impression that most of your points essentially boil down to:
which probably is sound advice for any type of web application. Designing a directory primarily around the features of the leading search engine in the market makes it more of a google wrap than a true directory.
It should be noted however that many directories have a different non "google-wrap" agenda. The traditional concept behind a directory is to organize the web in some way and in that context the issue of e.g. empty categories is not too controversial. They are there to show the webmasters the full extent of the directory space. If they are omitted people may get the impression that the directory is too shallow and does not provide a suitable category for a web page.