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If you know of any expired domains that are still listed you can report them. There are 2 possibilities to do so.
1) go to the category the site is listed in and click the "update listing" link at the top of the page. In the reason field tell us the site is expired. Update requests are normaly processed within a few days.
2) go to Resource Zone (seems I am not allowed to either post working urls or the the full text of r-z , you will have to combine "resource - zone dot com" and put the http in front) . In "Quality Control Feedback" you can report situations like this.
We will be thankfull for your efforts to help us keep the directory uptodate.
I would have expected ANYONE who frequented webmaster forums to understand the shortcomings of automated processes -- after all, how many discussions AREN'T about manipulating Google automatic processes.
Therefore any remaining misunderstanding must be deliberate.
Or, at least, that's the way some people would think.
I don't think.
But that does not explain some of the shortcomings you see in Dmoz.
The process could be:
An expired domain database gets sent to dmoz and some names get pulled and others do not... I am wondering how these others slip through. Automated process or not - you still get the same database.
Bottom line is, expired domains sitting in the ODP are errors. The vast majority of expired sites get removed swiftly, but some annoying exceptions have to be picked out individually by category editors like me. We're trying to get rid of them, so if you yourself happen to be asking for the purest of reasons, we really do appreciate being alerted to sites that have died but are still listed anyway. Gives me that much more time to review stuff. ;-)
Neither humans nor automated methods are foolproof, but fools aren't always what they used to be either. So information that can facilitate finding the easy cases, lets us focus more effort on the harder ones.
And this order of events does happen. Now, how much it can be attributed to chance, and how much to deliberate design, is ... well, let's just say doing it by design is obviously a virtuous feature, but extremely difficult to implement universally.