None of the DMOZ supporters or editors who have made appearances on this thread have addressed the original post.
Shopping currently has 109 500 sites listed. At 1 June it had 110 048 (yes it was a desrease).
At 1 June DMOZ had 4 831 405 sites listed and at 1 July it had 4 833 872 sites listed.
What other directory grew by 2300 sites in one month?
If main shopping is static, then one or both of the following factors may be at work. 1) insufficient editors (of that category, not DMOZ in general) 2) corrupt editors (of that category). Excuse my bluntness, but I'm just stating outright what others are insinuating- and I'm only saying that it's a possibility.
Both of these possibilities are concerns - valid or otherwise - held by many about DMOZ in general. That's why the issue is interesting, as this may be concrete evidence of more widespread problems.
Could you explain why you first bag DMOZ supporters for not actually answering the first question, then go on to point out the above without using the facts mentioned above as to why there has been a decrease in shopping? I guess the facts always get in the way of a good rant.