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    About DMOZ
    Since 1998, DMOZ has been the largest, most comprehensive human-edited directory of the Web. Supported by AOL, it is constructed and maintained by a passionate, global community of volunteer editors.


    Feb 3rd 2014 4:44PM
    Last weeks editing software update not only introduced the new Report a Listing feature, it also included several bug fixes. One of these addressed a problem with the total site and editor counts shown on the directory homepage.

    Keen observers may have noticed a drop in both of these numbers following the software install. The counts are now accurate and will update on a more frequent schedule.

    The 4.26 million listings and our category structure are available to download as RDF files. Don't forget to read about the required attribution.
    Jan 30th 2014 2:52PM
    We are very pleased to announce that today a new feature was added to our public category pages. Visitors to DMOZ are now able to notify our volunteer editors about listings that have potential problems.

    To report a problem, click the new icon ( that appears to the right of the listing:

    This will take you to the new Report Listing page. Select the reason that best represents the nature of the problem, then complete the explanation field. A valid email is required to submit the report.

    After a report has been submitted one of our volunteer editors will review the report and take any required action.

    We hope that visitors to DMOZ will take advantage of this new function, so that we can address problematic listings in an efficient manner.
    Nov 3rd 2013 9:23AM
    The editors of the largest open directory, DMOZ, are proud to announce that the 100,000th site has been listed in its Russian language branch. 100,000 sites selected manually according to objective criteria!
    Why would anyone need slow manual selection in the times of ubiquitous Internet with automated services for site promotion and with search engines penetrating every corner of human activity? Why would one need manual selection of sites in the times of plastic surgery and food with meat flavor? We, the editors of the Open Directory, believe that people have a right to get information on a topic of interest from all the available sites, not just from those that hired a SEO promoter. Because people have a right to know all viewpoints about a subject, not just one imposed by the most popular resource. Because experienced Internet users know how difficult it may be to find information on a particular issue, although a search engine offers a dozen pages of links for any request. Because only a human, not a search bot, can tell true values from sham ones, artful from artificial, a master from a charlatan, and sites with real content from those generated automatically.

    The motto of the Open Directory "Humans do it better" has been relevant for 15 years and remains so.

    What can you get from the Russian DMOZ branch today?
    100,000 sites in Russian with concise descriptions of their contents without advertisement or unnatural keywords. These sites conform to the selection criteria and have been found valuable by an editor who is an expert on a certain subject. And they may contain different, sometimes opposite, points of view.
    These make up about 14,000 categories, each devoted to a specific subject or geographic location, where one can find sites worth attention and make an informed choice not imposed by anyone.

    Join us!
    We aren't ideal yet. There are many valuable sites on the Internet that should be listed in DMOZ. They need to be evaluated, classified and described. Those sites already listed may change their owners or contents over time, so each DMOZ category needs periodic quality control. If you can help with this, consider becoming an editor. Take a subject that you know well or the region where you live and fill out the editor application form for the respective category. If your application gets approved - be sure that you will get unique experience and pleasure from involvement in a large open project.

    About the Open Directory
    The Open Directory Project (ODP), also known as DMOZ (Directory Mozilla), is the largest open directory of sites. The Russian language branch is currently the seventh largest by the quantity of listings. The number of active Russian-speaking editors is about 500. In total, about 5 million sites are listed in DMOZ in 89 languages, contributed by 99,500 editors. All the DMOZ editors participate as volunteers: no one, from a smallest category editor to a meta editor or an admin, receives any financial reward for their work in DMOZ.
    The resulting data is available as XML licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License. ODP data is used by a number of sites and search engines. The Open Directory is owned by AOL.

    In 2013, DMOZ celebrated its 15th anniversary.

    Written by the World/Russian Volunteer Editors.

    100 тысяч русскоязычных сайтов в каталоге DMOZ

    Редакторы крупнейшего открытого каталога DMOZ с гордостью объявляют о размещении стотысячного сайта в его русскоязычном сегменте
    Сто тысяч сайтов, отобранных вручную в соответствии с объективными критериями!

    Зачем нужен медленный ручной отбор в наш век всеобщего распространения интернета, доступных сервисов автоматизированного продвижения сайтов и проникновения поисковых систем в каждый уголок человеческой деятельности, спросите вы? Зачем нужен ручной отбор сайтов в наш век пластических операций и продуктов со вкусом мяса? Потому что мы - редакторы Открытого каталога - считаем, что люди имеют право получать информацию со всех сайтов по интересующей их теме, а не только с тех, кто нанял SEO-оптимизатора. Потому что люди имеют право знать все точки зрения по теме, а не только ту, что навязана им самым популярным ресурсом. Потому что пользователи интернета со стажем знают, как сложно бывает найти нужную информацию по конкретному вопросу, хотя поисковик и предлагает десяток страниц ссылок в ответ на запрос. Потому что только человек, но не поисковый робот, сможет отличить истинные ценности от мнимых, искусность от искусственности, мастера от шарлатана, а сайты с настоящим контентом - от сайтов, генерируемых автоматически.

    Девиз Открытого каталога «Люди делают это лучше» был и остаётся актуальным на протяжении уже 15 лет.

    Что может предложить вам сейчас русскоязычный сегмент DMOZ?
    Сто тысяч сайтов на русском языке, с кратким описанием содержимого без рекламы и искусственных ключевых слов. Это сайты, соответствующие критериям отбора и представляющие ценность в глазах редактора-специалиста по конкретной теме, с разными, возможно противоположными, точками зрения.
    14 тысяч разделов, каждый из которых посвящён конкретной теме или отдельно взятому городураны_и_регионы/ , где можно найти сайты, заслуживающие вашего внимания, и сделать осознанный, никем не навязанный выбор.

    Помочь Открытому каталогу
    Мы ещё не совершенны. В рунете множество ценных сайтов, которые должны быть размещены в DMOZ. Их требуется оценить, систематизировать и составить к ним описания. А уже размещённые в Каталоге сайты со временем меняют своих владельцев или содержимое, поэтому каждый раздел нуждается в периодическом контроле качества. Если вы можете нам помочь в этом - станьте редактором. Выберите тему, в которой вы разбираетесь, или город, в котором вы проживаете, заполните заявку в редакторы соответствующего раздела. Мы берём не всех, а только лучших кандидатов. Но если вашу заявку в редакторы одобрят - будьте уверены - вы получите уникальный опыт и удовольствие от участия в крупнейшем открытом проекте.

    Об Открытом каталоге
    Открытый каталог, также известный как DMOZ (Directory Mozilla) - это крупнейший свободный каталог сайтов. Раздел для сайтов на русском языке сейчас занимает седьмое место среди других языковых разделов по количеству сайтов. Число активных русскоязычных редакторов в настоящий момент составляет почти 500 человек. А всего в DMOZ размещено свыше 5 млн. сайтов на 89 языках мира силами 99,5 тыс. редакторов. Все редакторы Открытого каталога действуют на добровольных началах. Никто, от редактора самого маленького раздела до мета-редактора и админа, не получает материального вознаграждения за работу в DMOZ. Результаты работы в формате XML распространяются по лицензии Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License http://creativecommo...icenses/by/3.0/ . Многие крупные сайты, включая поисковые системы, используют данные DMOZ для своей работы. Владельцем Открытого каталога является AOL .

    В 2013 году DMOZ отпраздновал своё 15-летие.
    Aug 2nd 2013 2:24PM

    The Open Directory Project is 100% human edited and driven by a large number of Volunteer Editors.

    What this means is that these people perform all the actions of creating and maintaining a human edited Internet directory, in between the real life pressures of work, looking after children and the other hundreds of mundane tasks that I could mention.

    The organization runs remarkably well as long as one bears in mind that these people are donating their personal time to the Project and that every minute is precious and appreciated. In a way it self-organizes, much like bees in a hive (the queen is imo the software and the servers provided by AOL) – Editors see something that could be done, or can be improved and they bring it to the community's attention. Forum discussions take place, a consensus is reached and then an Editor, or a number of Editors will work towards getting it done.

    Although different types of editors have permissions to do different things in the directory, at a community level we are all as close to an online democracy as it's possible to get. Conflicts do occur, but since we have a common goal, they are usually resolved by discussion between peers. Although it sounds fantastic it does have one major downside: Things that can be done in a few minutes in a classic business model may take longer in our collaborative community. To agree on something, even tentatively, editors need to have time to see proposals in the forums, consider them, discuss things and reach a consensus (using Latin words like forum and consensus is a reminder that "Rome wasn't built in a day")... This can be frustrating but it ensures that Editors of all levels can have their say and argue their point.
    To help reinforce the sense of community that makes the directory possible, we regularly organize online events such as the Mozzie Awards and various editing challenges. The Mozzie Awards contain genuine awards for things such as "Best New Sports Editor", "Best Regional Editor" and many other categories, all of which are voted upon by their Peers. We also have some tongue-in-cheek awards such as "Meanest Meta", "Most Longwinded Editor", or even "The Cutest Couple" for editors who happen or choose to work together in certain categories. Voting in the humorous categories can be frantic and fierce... Editors have been known to try many ways to swing votes, for or against themselves.
    The challenges are usually to work together in a specific area of the directory, reviewing things like site suggestions or update requests. When many editors work in a smaller area, the results are immediately visible.

    DMOZ is different from any other directory in that we are not financially driven, Editors do not have to achieve an Editing Quota and there is no financial reward or incentive for editing. Along those lines, no site can gain entry into the directory by any method other than a Volunteer Editor choosing to list a site that meets our guidelines. There is no paid option for inclusion.

    This post is actually a proof of concept – the community was short of a blog entry, I noticed, and got myself enrolled (or shanghaied) to write it... I have donated my personal time to aid the community and this is simply one of many ways that I help, besides basic editing.

    Whether it is holding down a job, looking for work or looking after one's family, volunteering for a project like this inevitably means sacrificing a bit of something else. If you think you watch too much television, or you spend too much time playing WoW or Candy Crush, consider becoming part of something more challenging... You may find it as satisfying as I do.

    elper – who sacrificed Spider Solitaire
    snooks – who sacrificed washing his car
    Jul 19th 2013 3:23PM
    DMOZ now has an official Twitter Account!
    Get directory news and updates by visiting and clicking the follow button.

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