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The final straw was the post by someone today, in the ODP forum, who had just been approved as an editor. According to the post, she works for a web design firm with 300 clients "not to mention my companies <sic> websites" and her job is "SEO."
Numerous people have been waiting months for application status. The last time I checked (I applied on January 7), I was informed "when we get around to it, we'll get around to it." Nice.
Doing some checking on the aforementioned new editor, I find that she was approved in about two weeks. Moreover, when she checked the status of her application in the forum, she did so prior to the mandated two weeks, could not recall the exact date of her application and gave the wrong user name twice. All apparent sins in the DMOZ culture. When the mess was sorted out she followed up with "I will check back in a few weeks if I have had no responce <sic>."
Given the poor grammar and spelling of her communications; combined with poor attention to detail and a failure to folloow procedure, does it strike anyone else as odd that a person whose job is SEO was processed and approved so quickly?
What is that all about? One also wonders if her employer (who derives a direct economic benefit) had anything to do with greasing the skids.
My impression might be wrong.
Yes, your impression is wrong. It takes nothing more than a sincere wish to help out, decent grammar, choosing the correct category in both size and knowledge, candidness of affiliations, and submitting a few decent sites (that are not already listed) in your application with guideline compliant titles and descriptions.
Believe what you want, but the above is all there is to it. There are no secrets to becoming an editor or getting a site accepted.