Just because so many people post in so many threads in so many forums about there being so much corruption, just perpetuates the myth and fantasy that there is. Produce some evidence and facts rather than untruthful slander. How many abuse reports have you filed?
From what I have observed, an "open" project has a very secretive culture
You have a very serious misunderstanding of what the "open' in Open Directory Project means - editors have discussed this ad nauseum in many theads in many forums - why do so many refuse to "get it". I guess it is easier to petend that the "open" means something that its not, then attack what its not.
DMOZ SEEMS to be very self-protective and SEEMS to discourage the kind of critical discourse that MIGHT improve its credibility.
That one is easy to answer. Get your facts right first. Don't characterize DMOZ as something that its not and then attack that characteization.