Leosghost - 11:35 am on Sep 12, 2012 (gmt 0)
Not all of us hostile :)..But you do need to watch over some of your categories more carefully with regards to editors..I noticed that a site I had in DMOZ for the previous 9 years was removed in 2010..as were a number of other sites in the same specialist category ( as most of us with sites in that category are in touch with each other , we compared notes , the cat editor had changed in 2010 and the new one who removed some of us, was actually someone who had used work from each of us on their own site ( same category ) claiming it as their own, a few years before..
They were called out on it publicly by us,in another forum at the time ..apparently they waited to get even with those of us whose IP they had abused..and became cat editor for a short while in order to do so..
It makes almost no difference in traffic to any of us..and I hadn't even noticed that the site(s) were no longer listed in DMOZ, until I linked to another site in the same subject and went to DMOZ to see if they were in there ( they have a good site well worthy of inclusion )..and then discovered that they were not, and that a group of us were also "gone" all in 2010..
So from curiosity I went looking for the current cat editor..there is not currently a cat editor..and of the 4 "section editors" ( sorry, I don't know what you call these, " metas" maybe ? )..when looking at their contact details..
One had a website which redirects to spam site ( forex type IIRC ) in the Russian federation..
The next has on his site that he no longer has the time for DMOZ work and apologizes to anyone trying to reach him..
The third has a website which has expired in 2010..( thus no contact address which works ) ..they could be dead , for all anyone can tell..
And the 4th has a message on his site that says due to illness he will not be doing anything for at least 18 months..this message is already over 18 months old..
The is a major category like say "literature" ( that is not the category )..Where to all intents and purposes there is no-one at the helm..and someone was thus apparently able to delete some of their competitors in one block from the category..
As the metas are unavailable or un-contactable..( some of them could be dead for all I can find out ) that would leave only your forums ..and normally one does not wash ones dirty washing in public..
Plus from what I see of your forums on "questions of removal" by editors, they are pretty much of the " the editor must have had a good reason, suck it up" kind of response..
Makes no difference to me if my site is in or not, what is disturbing is that a new editor can remove sites with whom they have a "grudge" and that the "metas" who should be available when this happens are not even online at their contact addresses, have not been for in some cases nearly 2 years ..and that no one higher up has noticed..that a really large section of your index has no-one at the helm at all..
No point saying to me to apply myself..there is no-one to apply to..or at least no-one watching that category..and presumably thus any applications..