DMOZ begging for R-E-S-P-E-C-T?

Let me start with a quote from a post on the Official DMOZ Blog titled “R-E-S-P-E-C-T for DMOZ” which attempts to convince people how great their directory is:

“Everybody loves Google, everybody loves Wikipedia – so why doesn’t everybody love DMOZ?”

Oh, let me count the ways.

First, let me explain to those who might not be familiar with DMOZ (the majority of the Planet’s Internet users):

DMOZ, or the Open Directory Project, is an Internet Directory which at one time held relevance in the Internet industry. It’s edited and indexed by people, not a Search Engine Spider which is why it was a good idea to have your site listed- Google will know it’s not a spam site if it was accepted.

However, something happened along the way. DMOZ started to lose it’s relevance. A Directory by the People for the People sounds great, right? But their numbers dropped, people no longer held them in any regard. Web Designers and Developers got tired of the biased attitude. Then, in approx October 2008 came the kicker: Google removed their recommendation in their webmaster guidelines which said “Submit your site to relevant directories such as the Open Directory Project [DMOZ] and Yahoo!, as well as to other industry-specific expert sites.”

My experience?

After submitting my own, as well as my clients sites over the years, I’ve given up. Not only were they never listed, but no one from DMOZ tells you that you’ve been officially rejected. As if your site submission fell into the DMOZ Black Hole- they never tell you why you’re website has been rejected. They never tell you how you can improve your submission. Or, maybe one of their editors just decided not to include you:

“We don’t accept all sites, so please don’t take it personally should your site not be accepted. Our goal is to make the directory as useful as possible for our users, not to have the directory include all (or even most) of the sites that could possibly be listed or serve as a promotional tool for the entities listed.”

“Might not be useful”? According to who? I’d like to think your editors would have some experience on the subject they’re editing, but I’d hate to think that they might consider their own website more “useful”.

DMOZ’s elitist attitude of “You need us, we don’t need you” has long alienated the same people that could have recommended them. Unless they change their ways, they’ll go the way of the dinosaur.

So DMOZ, you don’t think my sites are useful? Well, I don’t think yours is either. Oh and please, “Don’t take it personally.”

<—– Rant Over —–>

More Blogs commenting on the DMOZ Respect post:

Peter Da Vanzo talks about the hilarity of them trying to put down Google and Wikipedia by showing how their entries are more relevent….. and listing a Wikipedia entry on the listing they point out on their site.

Chris Crum – Does Dmoz Still Have a Place in Search?

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