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I used a search term I haven't used much in the past.
Anyway, I couldn't figure out where the description came from and began checking around. The site is listed in the DMOZ/ODP twice: once for topic and once for region. The regional listing is the newer of the two listings, and THAT is where the description is coming from. That description isn't used anywhere else on our site (and never has been), and only one word of the three word phrase I searched for appears in the DMOZ description.
I thought only Yahoo used their directory titles in their SERPS, but, perhaps Google is going to start leaning towards doing the same; maybe they are testing it out? I wonder what flag or trigger would cause Google to pull a DMOZ description?
Perhaps Google is experimenting with starting to assign much greater value to your DMOZ/ODP description?
If you have any doubts about the connection, go to this link. [google.com...]
My personal experience is that DMOZ listed sites tend to do better from Allegra, *but* they may still not be indexed properly.
On the issue of search engines being scrapers of the ODP.. well, of course to a large extent all of them are. Sure, there's "only" 4.4 million entries, but you only need to crawl a couple of levels from those 4.4 million to have a pretty good chunk of the web.
Trouble is, and everybody here knows it, DMOZ takes so long to list a site that you have to wonder if it's worth it no matter how relevant, targeted or acturate DMOZ listing actually are.
It is obvious that Google does pay some attension to DMOZ but to what extent and are they paying more attension at the moment, who knows.