Should DMOZ Incorporate More Web 2.0 Elements?

May 9, 2007 • 9:28 am | comments (0) by | Filed Under Web Directories

What would you say about a DMOZ directory that allowed you to vote and review the sites listed on the directory? A Cre8asite Forums thread discusses this question.

Bill Slawski says that DMOZ has a long way to go before it gets to that point:

Even if they added some simple touches, such as some portal features on the front page of the site - last added sites today, last added sites one year ago, featured categories of the day, etc., that would be nice.

lee.n3o agrees and adds that small tweaks could make it a more appealing directory:

Totally agree with Bill.... The structure seems to be there only focus, and some nifty little widgets or even a nice facelift (Including adding some font styles!!) might make a difference

I think it would be tricky business to integrate Web 2.0 voting capability to DMOZ. I've seen a good amount of gaming on other sites that allow for voting, and it would be something that would need to be policed rather carefully if such features were introduced. It would be possible for competitors to either promote their site way too heavily or to demote their competitors' sites if such functionality was integrated into the system. Perhaps it is good as-is with Bill's suggested solutions.

Discussion continues at Cre8asite Forums.

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