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9:04 am on Jun 3, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I was wondering whether this might be the future in directories given that DMOZ and others are strugling.

How about a community edited directory where the members vote for the inclussion of suggested sites.

The real power of this kind of directory does in my opinion lie in the process of being included, ie the feedback you as webmaster gets from the community.

[edited by: skibum at 6:06 pm (utc) on June 4, 2006]

12:13 am on June 6, 2006 (gmt 0)

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You're best finding a good niche that you are interested in an plan on spendning time moderating it and only allowing quality nonspammy sites.
2:45 am on June 6, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I think your economic analysis is critically flawed.

(a) What's the source resource in this system? If you really feel that there aren't enough webmasters out there (counting both the affiliate doorway spammers and legitimate personal or organizational sites), and that the global economy needs to shift -- and WILL shift, given opportunity -- to make webmastering more efficient by harnessing underutilized reviewers, then your solution addresses your problem.

If the problem with the ODP is, "not enough reviewers, too many importunate webmasters", then it's obvious that what you'd need to do instead would be make REVIEWING more efficient, at such a high cost to webmasters that the vast majority would be driven out of business.

Obviously, from your proposal, reviewing could be made more efficient by such things as omitting the zero-economic-value feed back for 99.99% of all sites (any reviewer who HAS reviewed ten thousand sites will confirm this figure!); or by replacing the redundancy and delay and ancilliary overhead of compulsory voting with a far-more-efficient single-reviewer process with additional reviews only when needed (needed, that is, by some disinterested party, of course!).

And you'd be back re-inventing the ODP.

There's no reason to agglomerate a website review service for webmasters with a directory for surfers. It reminds me of the old Saturday Night Live advertisements for things like pine-scented carburetor sprays...

There is very likely a good market for website review services, and you could probably create a very interesting website containing links and frank, practical commentary. It would be a lot of work -- billing $10.00 an hour for service worth doing at all would be extremely difficult.

You'd have to be very good at it, or find a way to hire cheap, good labor -- in other words, be a very good manager. (I won't compete with you on either count! The ODP couldn't compete with you--it pays in ideals, whereas what you're describing is strictly a mercenary service -- no social justification other than whatever economic value your customers perceive.)

But ... that's what you need for a real business (as opposed to a fly-by-night scam): something that other people find (a) very difficult to do, and (b) obviously economically valuable. Well, you pass (a); I don't know about (b).

Which brings up the question: how much would webmasters pay for a frank public review of their website? How many websites have you reviewed? Of them, what percentage of those could you have given feedback of obvious economic value?

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There is at least one "democratic" human edited directory but their voting model doesn't seem to work for them, as there are thousands of submissions with zero or <10 positive votes and perhaps <500 entries in the directory.
1:01 pm on June 21, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Google Co-Op, my friend. Google Co-Op.
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I was wondering whether this might be the future in directories given that DMOZ and others are strugling.

How about a community edited directory where the members vote for the inclussion of suggested sites.

There is already a directory like this where the community has to vote to get the site accepted. The name is not in my head right now but I will think of it lol...