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Made it into the ODP in April, two months after submission. Thank you DMOZ volunteers! :) Still a no-show in the GD & here it is July.
A thousand pardons if this is taboo here, but any clue when Google will catch up? This is atypical right?
Google has never (AFIK) been religious about updating the directory. When will it catch up? When it feels like it :(
I have a new site that got into DMOZ with very little difficulty, and am also periodically looking to see what Google has done with it. To date, nothing.
added... the forum charter says for Yahoo topics to use the Yahoo forum. It does not say for Google Directory questions to be put in the Google News forum, maybe it should, but instead it does clearly say that Directory update questions should go here, so at this point this question is not misplaced... even if the basic answer will always be "nobody knows when google will update its directory".
Which would also be off-topic for this thread.....
Skibum/laisha/Brett... maybe it would be nice to add a line to the Charter that says exactly where Google Directory questions should go, here or the Google News forum. Some people will ignore it either way, but it might be nice for it to be explicit which forum is the appropriate one for Google directory questions.
A webmaster's concern over the progress of one of those changes is understandable; Google's lack of a corresponding concern is inevitable.
Somewhere in the Googleplex there's a dark cubicle with a little post-it note on the wall saying something like "27th of the month -- run "reload_dir" script. If the usual denizen of that cube is sick on the 27th, Google corporate management probably won't notice.
It seems to take Google a long time to publish the data that they download from the ODP. I have no idea what they have to do it once they have received it. The ODP produces a new RDF about every week, so new data is always there to be had.
They modify the directory structure, and add PR values. I have noticed that the PR values displayed next to the listings are often different than the PR values for the actual sites.
I don't know if there's any way they could put the thing on autopilot and rebuild quickly every time they get the RDF dump. But I use the Google directory because the ODP servers are very slow at times.
>> They modify the directory structure, and add PR values. <<
Oh, I was talking at the system level. They have to parse it, extract the data, and build it into some sort of database format, then manipulate that data. The first two items may not be straightforward as the ODP RDF dump is not pure RDF format, as the ODP dump was designed before the official standard was finalised, and therefore deviates from it in several very important ways, documented at [rodan.ncc.com...] .
Oh, I was talking at the system level. They have to parse it, extract the data, and build it into some sort of database format, then manipulate that data. The first two items may not be straightforward as the ODP RDF dump is not pure RDF format, as the ODP dump was designed before the official standard was finalised, and therefore deviates from it in several very important ways
Pure RDF format or not, wouldn't it be in the same format for every dump? There are even tools [dmoz.org] that can automate parsing. My guess is that modifying the data after it's been parsed is what takes time.