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I hope all these "issues" at both Yahoo and ODP make it public someday, gets a little frustrating. Asking an insider to just get in or have a site at least reviewed is one thing, manipulation and sabotage are another.
Don't mean to start a witch hunt here but just a heads up...this truly can be a cutthroat industry.
I don't know if I can concur just yet, but there is absolutely no rhyme nor reason that I can discern behind the new ranking methods, so your theory may hold water. I used to laugh when people suggested that some were paying for rankings because a straightforward approach of a good title and description, both including the most important keyword(s), was the sure way to get listed and ranked.
Another note - the utter belligerence with which Yahoo! staff treat callers to their "customer care" line is amazing. Apparently, there is a specific e-mail address for each question you could ever possible have, but then when you try to reach them that way....forget it. Maybe it is time for a witch hunt.