Analysis of the Open Directory Project (ODP), which is owned by AOL, and its directory DMOZ. Related subjects include:

September 30, 2007

A tip for submitting to DMOZ — make your site description clear

I just picked out a few of the many unreviewed sites in my DMOZ categories to evaluate, and listed most of those I reviewed.

How did I choose them to get screened? Mainly, I picked out ones with focused descriptions, titles, and so on, that just seemed likely to be listable based on that info (which is the essence of what I see on the page where all the various submitted sites are linked). I correctly guessed that I’d be able to quickly understand what I was seeing and judge whether to list the site or not, quickly write the official site description, and so on. Read more

August 31, 2007

A challenge to DMOZ bashers

Give or take a corrected typo, here’s a challenge to DMOZ bashers I just wrote in the flame war thread.

If you want to do something that is:

A. Correct
B. Credible
C. Potentially useful

just go find a specific category with terrible listings, and publicize the fact with overwhelmingly clear proof of your assessment.

If that’s not EASY for you to do … then maybe DMOZ isn’t so bad after all, eh?

In particular, I’d encourage you to post a version of the category that is clearly better than what is currently there.

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August 31, 2007

DMOZ — yet another flame war

My latest thoughts about DMOZ and the ODP may be found in this blog comment thread.

The gist is:

Or something like that. As I said, it’s a flame war …

Anyhow, I’m flying off on a two-week snorkeling trip Saturday, and should be much mellower soon.

February 7, 2007

Is DMOZ the cure to Wikipedia’s spam problem?

Joost de Valk makes an interesting suggestion, namely that Wikipedia should drop all external links other than to DMOZ, and rely on DMOZ as the outside link directory. As division of labor, it makes perfect sense. However, it’s a total non-starter until at least two problems are solved. Read more

February 6, 2007

Fact and Fiction: DMOZ and the ODP

I shall explain. Read more

February 6, 2007

A hobbit writes from the ODP Entmoot

Before saying anything about the Open Directory Project or the DMOZ directory it produces, I should offer several disclaimers.

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