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Dunno about _you_ personally. But we do accept many people as editor of their prospective categories. In fact, it's rather hard to find web-savvy topical experts who HAVEN'T formed SOME connection with websites on that topic, even if they haven't created their own site.
Be up-front about your full connections: maybe you work for a website development firm in Podunk, New Jersey. Could you apply for that category and list your own firm's local clients? Sure! It could be a benefit to your firm and to the directory.
But: we expect you to be fair with the competition. Go out and find local websites developed by competitors, review submitted websites in a timely fashion, refrain from keyword-stuffing your clients and keyword-stiffing your competition, that sort of thing. And you can demonstrate that by submitting three non-affiliated sites on your editor application.
And you can demonstrate that by submitting three non-affiliated sites on your editor application.
I am in a similar situation. I have a site, will have another site in 3-4 months but the category is so small that I cannot find 3 non-affiliated sites. Liked 2-3 but they all are already listed in related categories. :(
Which you title "Dmoz should be scrapped"
Why on earth do you want to edit there?
;). Ideally I think it should be scrapped (or modified drastically) but being a realist I realize that it won't happen soon and therefore, I should try to make it better.
Given the breadth of the readership of WebmasterWorld, I think, if I were you, then you might try signing up under a different handle.
They can be a touch over protective, some may say sensitive, at DMOZ, and may be reluctant to accept an editor with these views on the directory ;)
There was me thinking that neither Americans nor DMOZ metas did not have a sense of humour ;)
Given that an editor application is always rejected (if indeed it is rejected) without a reason. My guess would be that IITian, if his application was rejected, would always have a niggling doubt that he might have been accepted under a different name!