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9:59 pm on Nov 26, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I have wondered if the following from the DMOZ submission agreement is anything to be concerned about ; you agree ::

To grant Netscape Communications Corporation a non-exclusive, royalty-free license to use, publish, copy, edit, modify, or create derivative works from my submission.

Thanks.

10:09 pm on Nov 26, 2004 (gmt 0)

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You submission is:
  • a URL of a site
  • A suggested category
  • A title for a site
  • A short description of the site

    ODP treats that as a suggestion of a site to list.

    If the site is listed, any or all of those items may be different to your suggestion:

  • URL normalized to the root
  • Category changed to the most appropriate
  • Title de-hyped and made "objective"
  • Ditto on the description

    That data set will then be published on the ODP. The various hundreds of ODP licensees will (eventually) pick up and republish a copy of that.

    Exactly the same may happen even if you (or someone else) never submitted the URL suggestion. Most sites added to the ODP do not come from the externally suggested URLs.

    ODP is not claiming any rights over your site. Simply the freedom to categorize and describe it according to their guidelines.

  • 11:17 pm on Nov 26, 2004 (gmt 0)

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    Thanks Victor, that is very informative.
    8:26 am on Nov 27, 2004 (gmt 0)

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    Simply the freedom to categorize and describe it according to their guidelines.

    Or not [webmasterworld.com] :)

    12:57 pm on Nov 27, 2004 (gmt 0)

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    Yeah, read those after receiving victor's reply (sorry for snooping). I can not pretend I know anything about the DMOZ project, but my guess is that that the quality of DMOZ, and it's editorial processes, might be suffering under the very importance which all these hundreds of SE's and directories (and especially Google) is placing on it, and that bribery/ corruption/ crony-ism and inefficiency have less to do with it. Face it, when you have the reputation that you are the first gateway to success with the most important SE's and directories on the planet, you are going be swamped with submissions of varying quality. Must be a bit of a nightmare to deal with without the support of a formal organizational structure. I think I can understand it that glitches creep in, but like I said- this is a completely un-informed opinion.
     

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