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It's been going on for the last few weeks but people are getting through. The problem may continue for weeks or maybe a few months depending on how fast the hardware upgrades progress.
Hope that helps. :)
All I ever see is:
Internal Server Error
The server encountered an internal error or misconfiguration and was unable to complete your request.
Please contact the server administrator, email@example.com and inform them of the time the error occurred, and anything you might have done that may have caused the error.
More information about this error may be available in the server error log.
I think you are wrong to imply that submitters are lying/incompetent/stupid/exaggerating.
I make a number of submissions per week to DMOZ (quite legitimate, not spamming and they virtually all get accepted) and I would agree that with anyone who says that submitting is difficult.
It can be done off peak US, but otherwise an hour can be par for the course to get a submission to take (personally after a couple of such problems a month or so ago I always submit off peak now.)
If Dmoz want to maintain credibility it must accept that there is a submission problem (to be fair the metas do accept this)
It is pointless shooting the messanger ;)
And...Will Spencer welcome to the rough old world of WebmasterWorld!
I'm sure the 500 errors do make submission difficult at times -- I know they make editing difficult. The editors would like to see the upgrade be completed just as much or more so than any submitter.
In the past, I had tried disabling the firewall, but I don't think it ever "completely" shut down. Although I have upgraded to XP ... I still can't help but wonder if it wasn't the software firewall...
I welcome comments (especially validation!) ...
I just got this message after trying a third time...
Submit a Site to the Open Directory
Sorry, we cannot accept automated submissions at this time. If you think you have received this message in error, please try submitting the form again. We apologise for the inconvenience.
Please go back in your browser if you need to resubmit the form.
anyone seen this before?
During the past two months I was submitting a few sites to dmoz/odp, always keeping painstaking records of the text fields to be submitted and when I tried and if it failed or not (very important to keep copies of your submissions or tries!).
Now, one of the sites I tried about four times before giving up for the time being. Later it turned out that what I saw as a submission error actually was received by the category editor and added to the cat within two days! So the submission did go through even though it didn't look like it!
Another thing about dmoz/odp: Never ever loose your patience! Sometimes the submission is successful after a few hours, sometimes you wait for months and nothing happens, sometimes you just don't have a unique enough site!
So my advice: Don't submit too often and relax and build your site during your times of waiting. Even better: Don't wait for dmoz/odp!
Just a suggestion.
A lot of work is happening at the moment. You should notice improvements in a few weeks time. In the meantime, the ODP edit functions and *site submission* functions are going offline shortly for essential work, and will be off until probably the end of the month.
It seems to me more likely they all end up showing in unreviewed. :( Personally, if the multiple submissions are to the same cat I'd assume as an ODP editor that either the ODP software was acting up, user browser problems, etc. However, if the same site is submitted to 12 different categories all in the same day, let's just say this isn't the best strategy to maximize the odds of me quickly adding the site. Probably many ODP editors also find spam displeasing.