It has never been "suspended" to my knowledge Jim , nor to the knowledge of the hosting company , whom I have used for it since may 2009, ( I have just phoned them, they are adamant that they have no record of it ever having been off-line, or suspended ,and that there have never been any incidents on my account, my hosting is on auto renew as are all my domain names ) I've never been told by any customers of it of it being off line, let alone suspended..
I think your "bots" may well have a problem..
Nevertheless , thank you for looking into it:)...If you say that there has been "no abuse", then I certainly believe you..
It would appear that someone noticed the removal and claimed the "credit" for having it done..
Amazed that you say that that particular category has a spam problem ( I would never have thought so , but you are in a far better position to know that than I am ) , but I looked at many other categories in various areas of DMOZ yesterday..I found no "become an editor" links on any of them"..
It would surely be better to allow applications and then "vet" them than to allow no applications at all , particularly if there is not currently an editor for those categories..?
Edit ..Ps, my account with the current hoster dates from 28 may 2009, the previous hoster ( who I had still 30 days hosting paid with when I changed hosters for that domain ), did indeed put up a "suspended" notice as soon as I told them that I would not be renewing with them, in spite of the fact that I had paid in advance for 12 months hosting and still had 30 days to go...When I complained ( and I re-pointed the DNS within the hour to the new hoster ) the old hoster informed me that it was normal in the industry to do this! and that as I would no longer be a customer of theirs, they were not interested in my complaints..
Maybe then it was just precisely during that time that your "bots" went looking , and that someone later claimed to have been responsible..knowing that there is actually no way to verify any such claims ..
Btw ..your discretion in your public replies is much appreciated .. and re-inforces my respect for you ..