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Thinking of becoming a DMOZ editor

Who reviews your application.

4:23 pm on Mar 14, 2005 (gmt 0)

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We serve a niche market and we are already listed under DMOZ. However my category (less than 60 links)
has been without an editor for over a year.

I was thinking of becoming an editor, for this category, since Im an expert in this field, but im concerned that the reviewer might see a potential conflict of interest, since I already have a web business in this field.

A) Should I list any affiliation or bring this fact up at a latter date (using the sometimes it is easier to ask forgiveness rather than permission prinicple)?

B) Who does the approval process? Is it the person who runs the parent node to the node im applying for.
If so, I could be looking for a long wait, as it appear this editor has not done much work to the listings in the past year.

C) Does persistence pays off, if you are rejected, will reapplying eventually get you in (assuming that you can write a good resume, and select good sites to be listed)?

7:11 pm on Mar 14, 2005 (gmt 0)

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A) List the affiliations up front. Once inside, editors have a standard way of listing their affiliations, and it needs to be kept up to date.

B) Meta-editors, nearly all of whom were first editalls (that is, were allowed to edit anywhere in the directory.) Often, but not always, there is a relationship between their editing focus and their application review focus. But there is no connection between "listed category editor" and "reviewer of new editor application".

C) Persistance is generally acceptable and sometimes specifically encouraged. Rejection followed by a improved application may well be considered a good sign.

12:18 am on Mar 15, 2005 (gmt 0)

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It's still a crap shoot on whether you get in or not. I spent an hour on my first application and was rejected. I spent 5 minutes on my second and was accepted. Nothing different, just different editors seeing it.

Persistance does pay off, and you will eventually get in. There are some higher ups who don't like seeing new editors, especially in categories that they may have a few affiliate sites lurking :-)

Start real small, and work your way up.

3:30 am on Mar 15, 2005 (gmt 0)

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lgn1, the most important qualification for becoming a DMOZ editor is very simple: integrity.

Ask yourself if you have it. Be brutally honest. If you can honestly say "yes", apply.