SevenCubed - 6:17 pm on Aug 27, 2012 (gmt 0)
I've mentioned elsewhere that I do very little link building but DMOZ is one that I do submit to. Without going into the finer details -- from my observations they have helped and not hindered. I suspect the value of a DMOZ listing is not in the number of visitors that they send you but in the implied recognition (by search engine algorithms) that at least human eye balls have assessed the site prior to listing it thereby validating it's content. But yes even DMOZ is susceptible to clever spammers.
I also think it's wrong to say that duplicate content from DMOZ clones has been scraped because DMOZ openly encourages downloading their entire index through (weekly?) file dumps accessible to anyone. You cannot steal what is being given away freely.
Elsmarc thanks for that outbound link. That satisfies my need for finding one nugget each day here that I can walk away with and reflect on. It's at least 15 minutes since I read it and I'm still grinning. Wow wow wow, talk about years of forum spamming coming back around to bite companies in the rear end. And though I can feel (just a little bit) of sadness for the unsuspecting companies who have been taken advantage of by fly-by-night "SEO experts" from years gone by it's ultimately their own fault in many cases due to an inability to spot a charlatan a mile away -- or like attracts like. Also noticed that the letter is coming directly from the affected company rather than the SEO link builders. I presume they are sipping pina coladas somewhere on the shore, offshore, untouchable by laws of other countries.