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10:26 am on Apr 7, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Hi
I have just started a new project, nothing new where tinternet in concerned, but i am trying to create a directory of web sites, and then evetually search and so on.
My question is...is there a particlar format for category/subcategory/subsubcategory or is it just quess work?
11:54 pm on Apr 7, 2006 (gmt 0)

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The Open Directory is supposed to be based around the Dewey system used for libraries, I believe. Most other directories are based around Dmoz.

But you can write your categories in any way you please. Their choice of main categories won't suit every directory, and you should be creative and consider carefully the kind of sites you want to list. I like to categorize mine first according to the purpose of the site (business, fun, political, etc), then create subtopics according to subject areas.

One thing you will find is that most sites don't fit neatly into your slots anyway. No matter how carefully you think things out, something will always come along that demands a revision of your category structure.

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I don't think so -

Dewey
000 Generalities
100 Philosophy & psychology
200 Religion
300 Social sciences
400 Language
500 Natural sciences & math arrow
600 Technology (Applied sciences)
700 The arts
800 Literature & rhetoric
900 Geography & history

DMOZ:
Arts
Business
Computers
Games
Health
Home
Kids and Teens
News
Recreation
Reference
Regional
Science
Shopping
Society
Sports
World

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DMOZ was never based on the Dewey system to the best of my knowledge it was based on newsgroup categorization at the time of its inception.
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i would asume that you could make your own up then, but use past directories to help build it.
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i would asume that you could make your own up then, but use past directories to help build it.
1:50 pm on Apr 10, 2006 (gmt 0)

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As a long time once editor of DMOZ, I can state with certainty that it was never based on any system whatsoever...
3:28 pm on Apr 10, 2006 (gmt 0)

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The Open Directory is supposed to be based around the Dewey system used for libraries, I believe.

I can't remember where I read that. But taking a good look at Dmoz's About pages, I notice they don't mention Dewey at all, so I was wrong.

Unfortunately, this mostly leaves us with making it up as you go along. You could also sort domains alphabetically, by submission date, or by domain extension; but none of those methods will do enough to help users find what they are looking for.

 

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