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All that volunteer effort. Ya, it's nice that Google plugged it into their system, but what about bootstrapping by the DMOZ itself?
Who is in charge of marketing the ODP and what is he/she/they doing about it lately?
I find it intriguing with the total lack of interest in the Local Search category (last entry 11/25, over two weeks ago) which is supposed to be where the action is that there can be such a fixation on DMOZ.
Note to Moderator - Is there any chance of moving the DMOZ posts into their own Category so when I browse the forum I don't have to come all the way in to see the new posts only to find they are all DMOZ?
This is basic stuff. I know that DMOZ "is there" but, guess what? I can't recall a time when I used it to unearth an answer or to perform research . . and it's not that I have a bad opinion about DMOZ. I think there's value in it somewhere, somehow, but as yet I have not had anyone anywhere get the idea through my thick skull "Here's when, where, why and how referring to DMOZ . . makes sense . . is a good idea . . produces the best outcome . . is the best use of time".
So, I ask again:
When does it make the most sense to use DMOZ as a resource?
What, if anything, is the ODP doing to promote that "fact"?
IF there are circumstances where "nobody does it better" then why isn't the word getting out?
IF DMOZ's volunteers believe in the essential value and merits of the project - that it's a tool that is worth the effort due to the real value is offers - then where is the message? Where are the DMOZ evangelists? Where's the buzz . . and the uptake . . and . .
[edited by: Webwork at 1:43 pm (utc) on Dec. 11, 2006]
I can imagine uses for the dmoz data other than "as a directory", but I don't personally have the need for such uses.