The_Contractor - 3:56 pm on Oct 11, 2006 (gmt 0) Does the structure/taxonomy make sense?
Webwork, I see we are looking at this from different angles. You are basing your criteria from a submitters point of view. I would look at it in a much broader view if I was to "rank" directories. Actually it would be based more upon the editorial policies (adhered to) and the taxonomy itself.
Is it easy to navigate?
How comprehensive is the directory on any given topic/category (which doesn't necessarily mean large)?
Do you receive any errors while browsing/searching?
Can you browse categories without seeing obvious signs of favoritism in the listings?
Do the listings all adhere to a given format for titles/descriptions?
What makes it stand out from being just another site/page of "links"?
What is the quality of the listings/resources (has nothing to do with web design of the resource)?
Is the search feature (if applicable) even reasonably accurate?
Is the site responsive?
What are the criteria of submitting?
How responsive is the site owners/editors to contacts?
How often is the directory updated in any given category?
How long can one to expect to wait on average for their submission to be approved/denied? (the only reason for this question is a directory and it's categories should include recent resources as "things" change often)
Does the structure/taxonomy make sense?