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Today for example I was searching for "foo widget" It was great when you saw a site with the category next to it.. that way you could be fairly certain every site within that cat was going to be on a simlar theme.
What I now use is...
[ foo widget +"dmoz" ]. At leat that way it will display the ODP category within the results.
Anyone else still missing them.
I just looked at some backlinks in the logfiles, and followed one back to comcast search.
They have a Google search on their site, and that still includes the Google category links and the ODP descriptions too. example [comcast.net]
How's that work then?
My guess is the same feed; it is just Google has decided to hide the fact a page is ODP listed on their own site. It may be that some of their partners using ODP data actually *want* the ODP links. Particularly now, as this is a feature that Google lacks.
Finally Google realize DMOZ is no longer that useful for visitors.
Perhaps they realize that they can't make money off of it...
Myself, as a user, I find DMOZ more pertinent than the pseudo-directory pages that Google presents as serps. At least with the ODP you stand a chance of finding a source-site, rather than a link-site.
I know of one specific site who had accidentally SEOed a page for a keyword totally unrelated to them - due to a large sponsor. That site did not have a DMOZ category. They wondered why all those people visited just this one page and then immediately left again until they found out the search term.
Had a DMOZ category been displayed under their search listing all those visitors could have been spared the extra click.
Please Google, bring back the DMOZ Categories and the directory tab!