Wlauzon - 8:22 pm on Aug 28, 2012 (gmt 0)
That's when some "edit-all" (on an egotistical power trip no doubt) reviewed my request and low and behold -- stripped much of my 6 months of dedicated work to the bone then replied back to me that there was much more I could do with my current category before applying for a new one.
I - and several others I know - had very similar experiences with being a DMOZ editor. DMOZ is pretty much a zero factor in SEO these days, due to a combination of low funding, extremely bad management, internal petty politics, and the 21st century.
As others have noted, I cannot recall a time in the past couple of years that where any link from DMOZ came up in any search results.
But you also cannot base your site just on things like directory links - they might get you noticed by the search engines, but unless you have some real content it is going to be a tough haul to get any decent SEO results.