texasville - 6:20 pm on Jul 22, 2007 (gmt 0)
As far as the shopping category shrinking..that appears to be true. And with the whole of the ODP growing it is very disconcerting. From experience I know that trying to get into the ODP is all but useless. At least in any category but regional.
So why is this? I have to agree that the main conclusion would be it is monopolized by a group of editors that either are not willing to add just anybody that qualifies or just add those that are not in competition with their interests. It is a logical conclusion.
I always hear the same statement. There are 200 editors that can work in those cats. But it seems they don't. Why is that? Because they are overwhelmed in their own cats? Or perhaps they don't want to step on the toes of their fellow editors or worse, a meta?
I also hear statements about ..it's really not important to be there. Nonsense. Because of the dump, a link in the ODP can result in 100's or even 1000's of inbound links over time. It puts you into the Google directory. It shouldn't. The whole dump process and the feed off of the information is what has corrupted and debased the ODP. It needs to be cut off to give the ODP a net neutrality. This will never happen because then it would become unimportant altogether. No one would ever care if it included their site or not. Would this matter to purist editors? Not one whit. But it is extremely important to those who have only self serving interests in the directory.
It always seems to me that anytime a discussion about the ODP starts in which there is even mild criticism, there are several editors that jump in and react with disdain or want to close it. Let's let freedom of speech and discussion flourish.
So...why is the shopping category diminishing while the directory as a whole grows? I am not acceoting re-categorizing. That just means the original editors did a horrible job. And I am not buying into the sites have died en masse and have downsized from removal of dead links. It really is just not growing. Why?