I have no interest in trying to persuade DMOZ into allowing SEO’s to manipulate DMOZ whether they are outsiders or existing editors.
I have a very good understanding of the spam problem and realise how massively detrimental it can be to productivity.(We have developed a system which has handled up to 9500 an hour knocking on the front door; and of the thousands, currently around 1 every 2 weeks or so manages to invade our user’s workspaces.:))
However such a system is not successful if there are false positives which are indeterminately delayed or lost in the toxic sludge. As a commercial organization we unlike DMOZ can not afford to allow this to happen even in the short term.
Daily verification that there are no false positives is critical but also unproductive and therefore must be kept to a minimum. (Our system learns/evolves and we have not seen any false positives in weeks. And as a direct result a single person spends only a couple of minutes each day performing this single critical non automated check.)
My interest is whether the new blog is the first public indication that DMOZ is finally managing to get to grips with this problem and there is any point in suggesting further sites.
I have several personal non commercial interests that I am always interested in learning more about and always happy to spend my time helping somebody else with the same passion. To the categories for each of those subjects I could easily submit 10 or 20 sites to improve those categories.
The question I have to ask myself is there any point? Submit and forget for months/years just doesn’t cut it especially if all I am doing is supporting a project which is allowing some members in more commercial areas to use spam as an excuse not to list “competing” non members submissions.
The blog is important because it is an opportunity to give the reassurance submitters and would be editors are looking for.