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They offer to list your [business type] website in the ODP, which is described and why it's so great. Then it's explained that since they're the editor for these categories and already have your info they'll just add you into DMOZ without the need for any effort on your part (other than paying for the advertising on the site). This is all publicly stated on the "advertise with us" page, and concludes by saying it will all be done within DMOZ guidelines.
From DMOZ page on conflicts of interest:
Editors found to be accepting or soliciting bribes in exchange for listing sites or unfairly promoting these sites over others will be removed from the directory.
So.... is this type of behavior by dmoz editors considered cool? Should I just smile and accept that this is the way the world works, or is there something else to be done?
Thanks for your thoughts.
This topic makes me feel uneasy. I've got a strange feeling that those are just Editor wannabes. Nevertheless it is wise to report the abuse.
Getting into the DMOZ listing now is really difficult. It used to be very easy before. It's a good thing we submitted our website early way back in 2001.
Take care all!