dvduval - 6:16 am on May 4, 2010 (gmt 0) [edited by: Webwork at 12:02 pm (utc) on May 4, 2010]
Because it is possible to rank for key phrases through directory submission, there is a demand for directories. In recent experiments, I have submitted to only NEW directories, and quickly ranked for a key phrase. It's hard to knock people for doing something that will bring about a positive result.
Now new directories are by nature going to be the most common configuration, but developed directories are likely to take on a more robust appearance. The same thing can be said for blogger.com blogs, phpBB forums, and google start pages.
There is an attraction by submitters to new directories because often the person who started it is more aggressive about adding links, so the likelihood of being accepted is higher. That is also why see newer directories that are just being announced looking more like a basic configuration.
Are there directories that are customized, and cool looking?
There are THOUSANDS. Hence, this is why I wanted to start a conversation about what people have done to customize their directory.
[edited by: Webwork at 12:02 pm (utc) on May 4, 2010]