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Dmoz lists anti-dmoz and then removes it quick

Dmoz lists anti-dmoz site then removes the listing



8:50 pm on May 4, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Here is a funny incident that shows how much the Open Directory is really open. Yesterday, I found a link to a thread on another forum. The poster had seen a listing of an anti-dmoz site in ODP in the following category

Within a few minutes the listing had been yanked. though it still shows if you search Dmoz for it, it is still cached by both Yahoo and Google.

I think the editor had listed it first then brought it up to the attention of some higher editor, who quickly removed it. I am not surprised that they removed it, but why always claim to be open and then do this.

As mentioned in more than one thread here and elsewhere. Dmoz editors are quick to jump in and fiercely defend the openness and transparency of the Directory and its way of doing business. This action alone shows that its not the case.

[edited by: skibum at 2:02 am (utc) on May 5, 2006]

8:19 pm on May 8, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Not so long ago I was a huge fan of DMOZ. I mean thousands of volunteeers trying to create a better internet. I registered at RZ and learnt somethings about DMOZ. But now I must say I am not very impressed by DMOZ. At another webmaster forum I frequent(sticky me for link), fistifights between DMOZ editors are pretty common with each accusing other of corruption. The pro pedophilia listings were a hot issue not so long ago. So ODP is not as good as it is made out to be.
8:56 pm on May 8, 2006 (gmt 0)

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You interpret the action incorrectly.

The site should never have been listed in the first place. It's a forum with very few posts, almost all of them made by the site owner. Forums should have a significant amount of content to be listed.

It was not yanked because of the negative aspect of the content, it was yanked (funnily enough) becuase it did not have enough anti-DMOZ content.

f you want to get it listed, go and get a lot of different people to post lots of nasty things about DMOZ, and maybe it will be reconsidered.

9:33 pm on May 8, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I was going to say that, but wasn't sure if it was too specific a critique for WebmasterWorld. (Even the initial post seemed a little borderline with the site-specificness.)

But yeah, I wouldn't list a forum that deserted if it was a fansite personally dedicated to me. ;-)

There's already one site listed in that category that is highly critical of the ODP, and there used to be another one, but its owner shut it down.