1script - 4:04 am on Sep 9, 2011 (gmt 0)
And that's what makes some of them great. Really depends on who's submitting that content. I absolutely love small specialized topic-specific directories. There are some still up since the 90s that contain a treasure trove of info on some hobby stuff I do. They are mostly accepting submission by the owners (not technically a submission though) and maybe a small circle of trusted friends. Sort of like a prehistoric Yahoo - style.
Web directories hit a scalability wall very quickly because they rely on user submissions to gain content.