Greetings everyone! Some of you may know me from around some of the various forums and I'd just like to say I'm happy to be asked to pop on here and offer some of my thoughts from time to time. For the most part, I'll be pointing folks toward interesting topics and discussions going on at Cre8asite Forums, but you can find me kicking around or lurking at many of the other places on the web, so if something strikes my interest, you can be assured that I'll blather on about that stuff too!
For my first entry here, I thought I'd bring your attention to some stuff going on over at Cre8asite in respects to the DMOZ. We always hear about how difficult it is to get into the directory over there. Most of the time it's because someone decided that the site wasn't good enough, or didn't have enough content. So, just what types of sites is the DMOZ looking for?
Cre8asite Moderator Jean Manco has been working on a, now, very long and interesting thread entitled New In DMOZ in which she chronicles her life as a DMOZ editor. Over the course of this thread, you can read as she describes the types of things that she includes in her categories, her thoughts on what makes for a good site (in respects to getting listed in the DMOZ), and just generally shows us what is good and what's not.
If you are considering getting your site listed in the DMOZ, or are wondering why your site got rejected, then this thread will surely be something that you can learn from. It's set up in a way that you can "play at home" and have a look at the category being worked on, the descriptions that were chosen, and - most importantly - get a look into what's going on in an editor's mind when they are doing their job.
One Important Note: Though Cre8asite forums has a fairly strong body of members who are editors at the DMOZ and the DMOZ Forum is becoming a great resource for learning about how the DMOZ works and such, it is not a place where you can seek specific advice about your own specific case. Policy forbids editors from dealing with specific cases and that's just the way it is.
Cheers! And Happy Submitting! G.