So is it crazy to volunteer to do anything for free?
Sometimes the motivation to do something or build something is so the rest of the world or some portion of it is better off than it was before. Is it crazy to contribute to open source software projects? Why would someone want to waste time building industrial strength software for free? There's probably a lot more people "wasting" their lives working on open source software projects than working on ODP. You can bet MSFT and many other corps lose billions because of Open Source. Is that a big waste as well?
Some people volunteer at Dmoz to help categorize information and make it easier for people to find info and do research, some people join the peace corps, some volunteer at soup kitchens, some donate to the red cross, some volunteer at a library.
Some people moderate forums at WebmasterWorld and other forums. That is usually not compensated; are those people wasting their time too? When it comes to having to sort through these types of threads over and over and over....maybe:) For the most part, moderators just add a little bit of their own unique content and categorize information, similar in some ways to what one would do at ODP. Is everything that doesn't involve financial gain a waste of life?
And speaking of a waste of life, it seems like there have got to be much more productive things to do than rehash the same ODP threads continuously. These threads have been going on for years and it doesn't seem to have made any difference at all. We've hit an never ending fillibuster.
Right on the money. If the ODP defenders would stop defending it, eventually it would get old really fast complaining about it. It's tough to have an arguement when only one side is arguing.
and if ODP is so bad and horrible and a terrbile directory and doesn't matter, why do the same threads keep being reborn over and over and over?