That's an interesting post about the donkey, the fact that hundreds of people still q and seemingly are still willing even to pay to get into DMOZ, says to you that they are ignorant of its uselessnss, but by your story, it would seem we have hundreds and thousands of people telling us we are a success. You seem to be in the minority of the few peo;ple who can't get a site listed, have been booted as an editor or failed with an application to become an editor. Now when people who have a grudge tell me that the object of that grudge is a failure, I do tend not to take their comments too seriously. That group of people is not the public, never will be, just a bunch of people with a chip on their shoulders. Like most things people who are viciferous usually have a complaint, I believe that what editors can do is to rty and tell those people whose expectations are unreal why they have a problem.
The object of Wiki and DMOZ are really quite different with diferent material, my pooint was that Wiki is becoming more and more closed as it discovers the vandalism that some people perpetrate and DMOZ is more vulknerable because people do want to be listed and get their sites listed, Wiki does not seek to collect URL's and lists them only to back up their information.
It's always interesting to me when people comments on things like poor site choice, one asks which site did we not list that belonged to the writer and its always easy to critise when not participating. I am always amazed when watching a football match how many of the specatators are experts and how they know infininately more than the high paid sportsman on the field. Until one gives them the ball. Though sometimes one then discpvers the spectators were players once and they took bribes, so the present players are dead useless.
I am a volunteer editopr at DMOZ my opinions are my own and do not represent DMOZ or staff.