dvduval - 8:35 pm on May 1, 2010 (gmt 0)
Having worked with directories for years now, I have found the most successful directories are the ones that take the time to make something that is new and cool in some way. For some, that means making a a really catchy template, such as having a funny cartoon character, or cool feeling to the site. For others, it is how they added value for people who submit in some way. Still others did a great job of making their directories interactive, which is my favorite trend in which you don't just submit your link and leave forever. Instead, there are ways to participate on the site.
Have you encountered some cool customizations that really made a directory stand out?