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Closed Categories in ODP


franklin dematto

4:06 am on Nov 14, 2001 (gmt 0)

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(I was asked to post this question)

Someone sells software used to keep track of rentals. Now, the proper category would be /Computers/Software/Industry-Specific/ - and some competitors are there. However, that category is closed.

No subcategory fits exactly. Most of the customers are in the construction business, which has a subcategory, but the software is can be used for other rentals as well, such as audio/video, party, etc, etc.

What should he do? Is there a way to get the submission accepted for the root category? Or should he just submit to Construction? Or is there a way to submit to every category for which the software is relevant?


1:57 pm on Nov 14, 2001 (gmt 0)

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My recommendation would be to go up the tree until you find an editor. Mail the editor with the query, asking what they would suggest.

If you get no response after a week, go up again.

There is probably no harm in submitting the site once to the parent category as well. Though spamming across all semi-relevant categories will lead to problems.

Good luck


2:48 pm on Nov 14, 2001 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Administrator skibum is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member

I would venture to say that no sites would be included at that level. It is simply to general of a category.

Your friend might suggest a new category or find something close. Unfortunately there is not an exact category match for every site out there.


3:04 pm on Nov 14, 2001 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member 10+ Year Member

Both replies so fare make some sense (except that the parent categories of a closed category are typically closed as well). If you are unsuccessful in asking an editor in /Computers/Software/, then you should look for another place.

The fact that you can't find a suitable subcat below Industry-Specific could really mean that your software actually isn't specific to any single industry ;) . Maybe you want to have a look at /Computers/Software/Business/, and consider if getting listed in that area would be an acceptable alternative.


4:32 am on Nov 15, 2001 (gmt 0)

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Check your StickyMail. :)

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