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How does dmoz update?



5:02 pm on Jan 30, 2001 (gmt 0)

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I have questions about the following situation, the answers to which I haven't yet found in the forum:
I submit an incompete site to ODP which is accepted. Then, later on, I complete the site.

1. Does ODP make a copy of my initial site and offer that info out to other entities?
2. How do other entities get their info from dmoz? Do they take the info dmoz has gathered, or do they just take the urls and spider them themselves?
3. (most crucial) Will the new info I have on my site ever be updated on ODP? (or) Will I be stuck with a cached copy of my incomplete site?

-- if anyone can help me out, I'd much appreciate it.

11:23 pm on Jan 30, 2001 (gmt 0)

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When a site is added, deleted, or changed, the new listing (or lack of listing) will propagate through the world something like this:

It would "immediately" appear TO ANOTHER EDITOR, at [dmoz.org...] .
It would "nearly always" appear "almost immediately" in the PUBLICLY VIEWABLE CATEGORY PAGE at [dmoz.org....] Occasionally software or hardware glitches or loads might delay it for minutes or hours; and you have to know where to look, since the editor may not consider that the category you chose was the best fit.)

It would "usually" appear "within 48 hours" in DMOZ SEARCH (but sometimes this is delayed for several days -- there have been some delays this month)

It would "nearly always" be included in a weekly database "RDF" dump. (usually Monday)

The RDF dump is picked up every month or year, or whenever they most feel like it, by AOL, Google, Netscape, etc., for their directories to display -- and for their search engines eventually to spider. ODP can't control -- and does't know -- when or how or the RDF dump is used: but some SEs apparently spider listed pages for additional keyword information, and others do not.

The URL will be checked (for link rot) every few months by Robozilla; if the page is not there any more, the listing will be removed.

Editors may recheck the site for link rot or content at any time, but don't very often.

ODP _never_ caches your site. An editor writes a title and brief description of it, which is all that's included in the RDF dump. That description won't change, unless some editor rechecks the site.

11:28 pm on Jan 30, 2001 (gmt 0)

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Welcome, hutcheson, and thanks for posting! It's good to see you here.

For those of you who do not know the name, hutcheson is an ODP meta editor.


5:03 am on Jan 31, 2001 (gmt 0)

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Thanks hutcheson, you cleared up a lot for me. Glad you stepped in, and welcome.

And Laisha, I'd also like to thank you for the welcome - for hutcheson! :)


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