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Jun 27th 2013 5:47PM
We have all seen those ugly sites......... the ones with snow falling down across the screen. The sites with dark backgrounds, fluorescent orange writing in different size fonts that make it hard to read and that annoying music that always seems out of place.
Some webmasters complain and ask us why we list these sites. They are annoyed that their site isn't listed, even though it has great "sliding" photos and all the tricks that modern software such as Wordpress, can provide.
The answer is simple. DMOZ Volunteer Editors review each site according to the Editing Guidelines, specifically which sites can or cannot be included.
• The site must have unique content. Many features of the site itself may be similar to other sites. The theme, the layout, the colours.... but the site is not listable unless it has unique content. Unique content is content that is not readily found elsewhere, or content that puts forward the site owners point of view, or perspective. Most sites that pertain to a specific business, or in the case of personal sites, a specific person, include by their very nature, unique content. They meet the listing guidelines as long as there is also sufficient content (e.g., not a business card site).
• The site must not be an affiliate site that simply redirects through referral links to another website. Why would we list one of hundreds of sites with the same content, when we can simply list the main Affiliate site?
Editors do not review the site on how well it is designed, how appealing it is to the eye or how technically advanced it is. A simple html site on a free host may well have good, valid content and examples of this are found on the Angelfire platform. That is why some of these sites are listed and the fact that they are hosted on a free server makes no difference to the listability.
Editors are looking for sites that offer information to the Net Surfer. If you hope to have your site included in DMOZ, the answer is to simply build it with the focus being on the provision of informative and unique content. If your visitors find it interesting and they keep returning, then you most probably have a site that is listable in DMOZ.
[Written by editor snooks]
Mar 14th 2011 6:33PM
Today we're happy to bring you the first in an occasional series of posts which will highlight some DMOZ categories on popular, noteworthy and breaking news topics.
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The 2011 Christchurch Earthquake and the 2011 Cricket World Cup
An aftershock of the 2010 earthquake, the quake that struck the Canterbury region
of New Zealand's South Island at 12:51 pm on 22 February 2011 local time was more destructive and deadlier than its predecessor. The epicenter of the 6.3-magnitude quake was two kilometers west of the port village of Lyttelton and ten kilometers southeast of Christchurch
. Hundreds have been reported dead or missing and estimates of the damage exceed NZ$16 billion.
has collected a comprehensive set of listings, including RSS feeds, covering the disaster and its aftermath: Christchurch NZ 2011
In an interview
, Pete Dawson told Television New Zealand, "We'll rebuild. Of course, we will. We're resilient people, we're Cantabrians, you know. And we've got a World Cup to look forward to."
As if on cue, bldarter
also provides DMOZ's 2011 Cricket World Cup
The 2010 Copiapo Mining Accident
On August 5, 2010, the San Jose mine, 28 miles north of Copiapo, Chile collapsed trapping thirty-three miners 2,300 feet underground. On October 13, 2010, after sixty-nine days underground, all thirty-three miners were rescued.
The story doesn't end there. The news media and a blogger bring us the miners' continuing stories: 2010 Copiapo Mining Accident.
Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog
A musical comedy mini-series, it is the story of Dr. Horrible (Neil Patrick Harris
) on his mission to become a true villain and join the elite Evil League of Evil, all while enamoured with his love interest Penny (Felicia Day), and impeded by his nemesis Captain Hammer (Nathan Fillion
). In addition to the mini-series there is a series of comic books, some of which centre around the supporting characters.
Directed by Joss Whedon
and written during the 2007-2008 Writers Guild of America strike, the story was created as an inexpensive mini-series to show a professional production could be produced without the assistance of big corporations. Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog was aired online July 15-19, 2008. Early the following year, a special in-character appearance aired during the 2009 Emmy Awards. Emmy Award
winning, the series also won a Hugo award for Best Dramatic Presentation (Short Form), the People's Choice Awards USA for Favorite Online Sensation, and seven Streamy Awards.
Enjoy the category Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog
, created by editor shadowlight
Author Laura Hillenbrand
Laura Hillenbrand's first book, Seabiscuit: An American Legend (2001)
tells the account of Seabiscuit
, the unlikely champion racehorse owned by a former bicycle mechanic, trained by reticent "Silent Tom", ridden by a jockey beset by bad luck and life-threatening injuries. Seabiscuit captured the hearts of Americans during the Great Depression. The bestselling book was made into a movie
Hillenbrand's second book, Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
, released in November, 2010, tells the story of Louis Zamperini, a runner whose Olympic aspirations were interrupted by World War II
. A bombadier on a B-42, he survived a plane crash and was adrift in the Pacific Ocean for 47 days before being captured and held as a prisoner of war
until the war ended. The screen rights to the book, a New York Times bestseller and named top book of 2010 by Time, have been acquired by Universal Pictures.
Find out more about this author who not only has written two bestsellers but done so while incapacitated by illness: Laura Hillenbrand
Within hours of the disaster, editors had compiled listings of sites providing information about the earthquake
and the tsunami
it triggered, including news sites in Japan: Sendai, Japan 2011
and, thanks to afsitalia, 2011 - Séisme et tsunami au Japon
Feb 4th 2011 12:50PM
International Growth & Expansion
Expansion of World/Ukrainian
During 2010, the number of listed sites in the World/Ukrainian
branch increased by approximately 50% and Editor School was offered for the first time in this branch. Additionally, two editors attained high-level permissions in this area: one was granted access to the top level and the other received CatMod permissions.
Editor Promotions in World/Russian
branch promoted a team of senior editors (CatMod and Editall permission levels). These editors are ilyawww
. This is an important step for the Russian branch and ODP overall.
Addition of New Language Branches
Last year, salis
created four new language branches including World/Kyrgyz
, and World/Uyghurche
. In 2010, editors completed work to add World/Bashkir
to the directory, and this language was activated in January 2011.
Tool Development Work
The editor community builds and maintains tools to help improve editing processes. During 2010, editors chaos127
all worked to upgrade critical editor tools to keep directory processes running smoothly.
Personal Editor Milestones
We had a number of editors who celebrated their tenth anniversary with the directory in 2010. Congratulations on a decade of service go out to the following editors: albinfo
For the past two years, we've had several editors who have worked collaboratively with our AOL Staff team to provide an editorial perspective to our ongoing projects and processes. Photofox
's contributions have been invaluable, and we're very grateful that they have given additional time and effort as editor liaisons.
Sadly, editor cicka
passed away in 2010. She was a Catmod in both World/Srpski
. Her contributions to the directory were numerous, and included opening a new Editor School for World/Srpski. She will be greatly missed.
Dec 22nd 2010 4:18PM
The editor community has collaborated to prepare the following post to wish you Happy Holidays. We hope you enjoy and we look forward to seeing you in 2011!
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Happy Holidays to all our users from the staff and editors at DMOZ.
This time of year is often the time for reflection of the year gone by. The highs and the lows, the joys and the pain of events that have passed through our lives.
There definitely has been some doom and gloom throughout the year especially
with the global financial crisis but hopefully this may get better with the new
year for all of us.
Why not research the traditions of Christmas and New Year by diving in and
looking at our categories and find out information about this time of year by
simply flicking through the sites we have on offer. For example, by just going
to Home/Cooking/Holidays/Christmas/ you will see "Eggnog@" This is a link to
Home/Cooking/Beverages/Eggnog/. If you needed to know about Eggnog, we
have 17 delicious recipes that will help get your festive party off to a great start.
Here are some of our Yuletide categories:
You will notice how much a global communtiy the ODP is by the way we tie
categories of a similar nature together when they are when they are in completely
Take for instance the category at Society/Holidays/Christmas. If you look under
the "See Also" group of links (which are categories in the English language that
are related to this one) you will see immediately that we have a similar category
in 12 other languages. These languages are Catalan, Chinese Simplified, Czech,
Danish, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish, Swedish and Thai.
These links are here for your convenience and all you need to do to see what we
have in the other language is click on its name and you will be taken right to it.
If you know of some sites that could be added to any of the above categories, please
feel free to suggest them, or even better why not think about joining us and become
an editor. If you feel you would like to become part of the community just fill in the
application form and we will have a look at it as soon as possible.
As you can see from the number of categories above, and the plethora of different
languages, DMOZ is a multi-cultural, worldwide community that prides itself on trying
to give representation to all creeds, languages and cultures. That job is certainly not
finished, and it may never be, but we love to give it a go.
There are many other religious and non-religious festivals all around the world that
may not be as fully represented as they could be by the directory. It would be great
to have some input for these. Would like to join us to help us with that? We're always
eager to welcome new editors to help build and maintain categories, especially in areas
of the directory that are less developed. Just find a category that has your particular
interest, and click the become an editor link near the top of the page.
All that is left to do is again wish all our users a Happy Christmas and a prosperous New
Year and to assure you that we are all looking forward to a productive editing year at
Aug 16th 2010 6:00AM
Over the next three days, we will be making additional upgrades to DMOZ. As with the previous planned outage, we will be taking some parts of the directory offline so that we can complete the work. While the directory content will stay on view throughout the process, all directory submissions will be disabled from Monday, August 16 - Wednesday, August 18, 2010
. The following functionality will be unavailable throughout this planned outage:
- Site suggestions,
- Site update requests,
- New editor applications,
- Editor & staff feedback, and
- Public abuse reports.
Neither the Resource Zone
public forums nor the DMOZ editor forums
will be impacted by this outage. We will provide any additional updates about this outage to the public via this blog.
Thank you again for your patience as we work to upgrade the DMOZ directory!
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