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    Every page, except a few organisational pages, has a button "volunteer to edit this category" or something similar. DMOZ can only process the applications it receives and it does that. I don't personally deal with new applications, not quite that high in the structure, but we do not accept every applicant. Some say we screen too hard, but I would prefer it that way, I have swept up some categories where we have had editors who have not read the guidelines and continued on their own sweet merry way. We all make mistakes but an editor who will not or cannot read and follow guidelines is a serious liability.

    I have given tips above taken from Meta editors, who do appliactions and from my experience, we have to apply for categories too! Sometimes an editor shows that they are doing well and get awarded categories. Someone who has offered to 'greenbust' (that means they edit the sites in the suggestions pool and a senior editor checks the editing before it goes 'live') will sometimes be granted full priveleges without asking for them if they show they can handle the category. Editall (which I am) and Meta editors are usually awarded when one shows one needs or can handle the duties involved. Editalls can do some things, including editing anywhere, that editors cannot do, but they have usually shown that they are capable of doing those things or will be sensible. There are some sections in the directory that quite frankly I would not normally edit in because I do not know enough about the sites likely to be needed or the editing principles involved. I will sometimes do a check of a site said to be 404 and if it comes up OK just re-list, but would not dream of listing a new site in some areas.

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    Hi Anonymously, The website which I had submitted to DMOZ before 2-3 months has been fully re-edited and the contents are updated. I am going to add some more features also. So do I have to submit again to the directory or the first submission is enough?

    If my site is updated once in the directory is there any way to update it again? Thanks for your helps.
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    The first submission will be enough. When ( c ould be a long time0 an editor gets to having a look it will be the content on site that is important, they will change the description etc if the site complies and they are willing to list it. We nearly always have to change titles and descriptions, its part of what we do. We even move sites which have been offered to the wroing category but that delays a possible listing, sometimes by years, because it is moved to the correct category pool and waits there for another editor to look at it.

    You have offered the site, thank you, there is nothing more to do at DMOZ, spend your time promoting the site somewhere else and one day you may come back and be surprised that it has been added.

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    One thing I have learned is never fret over getting into DMOZ, two months is nothing I'm afraid.

    I got one site listed 18 months after submitting , there is lots of stuff on the web that suggest resubmitting will actually hurt your chances, who knows though !

    Submit and as anonymously says one day you might be surprised !

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    DMOZ is so hard to reach. I'd get lost trying to figure out how to actually SUGGEST a site

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aziz View Post
    DMOZ is so hard to reach. I'd get lost trying to figure out how to actually SUGGEST a site

    you are very correct..they did not include the sites yet. It is been almost nine months now..
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    It's best not to worry about it and just accept that unless you have some sort of social or business connection with an editor there, your sites are not going to be listed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Will.Spencer View Post
    It's best not to worry about it and just accept that unless you have some sort of social or business connection with an editor there, your sites are not going to be listed.
    Not true... I list my competitors in my categories, as an editor I follow guidelines, the site must be useful to the visitors of DMOZ. The Open Directory is not meant to be the biggest list of sites in a topic (use Google for that), but the best list of sites in a topic.

    So, submitting your site is great, the editor may list it, but if the category already has sites that are similar then the editor may decide they already have too many of those, and move on to other sites that offer a different experience for the user.

    Also, please don't contact me about your sites in DMOZ, I only look after 2 categories and they are very specific, and I don't have access rights to other categories.

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    So why doesn't DMOZ notify people who suggested/submitted sites about the rejection? rather than waiting literally forever and not knowing the results.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aziz View Post
    So why doesn't DMOZ notify people who suggested/submitted sites about the rejection? rather than waiting literally forever and not knowing the results.
    There is a policy about that as well, in a nutshell, editors are advised not to communicate with site owners. The reason is that site owners can get very angry, in the past some editors have been threatened. People need to realize that DMOZ editors are volunteers who do this because they want to help create a site with the best links in it.

    However, DMOZ is owned by AOL so if you really have an issue with DMOZ, take it to AOL. They set the rules for editors, we don't, and I suspect most editors would resign if we had to start dealing with angry site owners. The system isn't perfect, but so far nothing better has come along. Other directories have tried, many claim to have systems that are better than DMOZ, yet still people want to be listed in DMOZ and create threads on sites like this asking how to get in.

    If anyone really wants to be part of DMOZ, or influence it's future direction, then do what I did, apply to be an editor.

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