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October 27: Still Glitches With DMOZ URL submissions and other links

Drill down and submit urls still not working; Editor server problems

2:31 pm on Oct 24, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Not sure if there is still a problem with DMOZ, but if you drill down to a specific category then hit the suggest url link you get:

Not Found

The requested URL /cgi-bin/add.cgi was not found on this server.

Additionally, a 404 Not Found error was encountered while trying to use an ErrorDocument to handle the request.

The submit url button on the homepage works, but that takes you to an information page not a suggest url form.

3:10 pm on Oct 24, 2006 (gmt 0)

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As windharp said yesterday in the locked thread DMOZ offline October 20, 2006.
Just FYI: In the meantime, the public pages have been restored from a backup, so that people can at least browse the categories. The editor server is still not repaired. So editing, suggesting sites, and other interactive features are still not working.

The situation hasn't changed since then.

[edited by: Webwork at 11:00 pm (utc) on Oct. 24, 2006]

10:55 pm on Oct 25, 2006 (gmt 0)

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This is fun it seems like they run the operation on a single server LOL

[edited by: SEOPTI at 10:58 pm (utc) on Oct. 25, 2006]

[edited by: Webwork at 12:15 am (utc) on Oct. 26, 2006]
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11:10 pm on Oct 25, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I, for one, have been using my editing time to find a whole bunch of nice new sites to add to the directory as soon as the editing functions come back online. How did I find them without the site submissions? Via links from other quality websites, mostly, sometimes through search engines. That's where I find most sites I end up adding anyway. So even when the site submission function is working again--don't rely on it too heavily. Old-fashioned site visibility is as likely or more likely to get you a link from our site as a submission or three is. :-)

[edited by: Webwork at 1:04 am (utc) on Oct. 26, 2006]
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4:14 am on Oct 26, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I understand that AOL has allocated a generous quantity of baling wire, chewing gum and paperclips for repair of the dmoz C64 server. There is hope for an increase in the hardware budget, such that they might migrate to an Amiga or a 286 for better future performance and stability.

(Make no mistake - I have a great deal of respect for the dmoz staff... I think presently one part-timer backed up by some independent contractors... who are trying to reassemble Humpty-Dumpty.)

3:12 pm on Oct 27, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Have been trying to report SPAM sites for the last week with no joy. I find this one of the most rewarding aspects of using DMOZ! Finding rubbish sites that have gone over to the darkside and getting them dumped ;)
3:49 pm on Oct 27, 2006 (gmt 0)

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surfg., there's a "Quality Control Feedback" forum in the "editors' forums" (I believe there's a link in THIS forum's TOS) with a thread for "report bad links etc."

The way you've been doing it is usually better (more convenient for us, therefore more helpful). But rather than stop your (EXTREMELY valuable) contribution, you are cordially invited to post in that forum. We'll catch up when the new hamsters arrive.

8:23 am on Oct 28, 2006 (gmt 0)

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The latest news is that technical staff is expecting to need at least another 7 days.
3:06 pm on Oct 28, 2006 (gmt 0)

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