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    Dec 22nd 2010 4:18PM
    Hi Everyone!

    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!

    Emily

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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:

    Home/Cooking/Holidays/Christmas/
    Home/Entertaining/Holidays/Christmas/
    Shopping/Holidays/Christmas
    Society/Holidays/Christmas
    Society/Holidays/New_Year
    Kids_and_Teens/People_and_Society/Holidays_and_Special_Days/Christmas/
    Kids_and_Teens/International/Français/Société/Fêtes/Noël/
    Kids_and_Teens/International/Español/Sociedad_y_gente/Festividades/Na vidad/
    Kids_and_Teens/International/Japanese/人と社会/一年の行事/ク リスマス/
    Kids_and_Teens/International/Česky/Lidé_a_společnost/Svátky_a_trad ice/Vánoce/
    World/Català/Arts_i_cultura/Tradicions/Festes_anuals/Nadal
    World/Chinese_Simplified/社会/节假日/圣诞节
    World/Česky/Společnost/Svátky_a_tradice/Vánoce
    World/Dansk/Samfund/Højtider_og_mærkedage/Jul
    World/Deutsch/Gesellschaft/Fest-_und_Feiertage/Weihnachten/
    World/Español/Sociedad/Festividades/Navidad
    World/Français/Société/Fêtes_et_jours_fériés/Noël
    World/Italiano/Società/Festività/Natale
    World/Japanese/社会/文化/祝祭日・年中行事/クリスマス
    World/Nederlands/Maatschappij/Feestdagen/Kerstmis
    World/Svenska/Samhälle/Helger/Jul
    World/Thai/สังคม/วันหยุดประจำปี/ คริสมาสต์/

    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
    different languages.

    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
    DMOZ.
    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!
    Emily
    Jul 19th 2010 1:49PM
    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 Tuesday, July 20 - Thursday, July 22, 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!
    Emily
    Jul 2nd 2010 11:34AM
    Over the course of the next few days, we'll be conducting upgrades to DMOZ that will require us to take some parts of the directory offline. While the directory content will stay on view throughout the process, all directory submissions will be disabled from Sunday, July 4 - Wednesday, July 7, 2010. The following functionality will be impacted by 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 for your patience as we work to upgrade the DMOZ directory!
    Emily
    Mar 26th 2010 5:17PM
    Hi Everyone,

    For this post, editor hiraeth has prepared an overview of her experience editing in the science categories. Enjoy!

    Emily

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    I'm a collector. In the same way that other people may collect stamps, coins or fossils, I collect websites. As an editor with the ODP, I spend a lot of time finding sites, labelling them, listing them and rearranging them. I am constantly on the lookout for new specimens and I open my collections to the public so that they can benefit from all the good and useful sites I have found.

    My favourite collection is Flora and Fauna. I could happily spend all my editing time adding to and classifying sites about the vast range of animals, plants, fungi and bugs that exist. The category has expanded considerably under my curatorship. During the last year I have been involved in a project to replace the English language subcategory names such as Snakes with their scientific equivalent, Serpentes. Because these names are less familiar to many users of the directory, there is a an A to Z index and also links in most subcategories to guide people to the correct location. The more scientifically knowledgeable may argue that classification has moved on and that the structure used in the directory is no longer up to date. I think this is a valid criticism, but as new ideas on taxonomy are constantly being put forward and revised, there is no consensus view and the category is likely to remain as it is for the foreseeable future.

    There are not many submissions to this part of the directory but some sites are suggested and these are mostly useful additions that will enlarge the scope of the category. However, a member of the public may, for example, suggest a gallery of photographs of unidentified butterflies found somewhere in the tropical rainforests of South America. I will either send this to Wildlife or the appropriate Science & Environment category in Regional.

    Another category in which I edit is Animal Health. Here, I have enjoyed adding a large number of sites on diseases of pets, livestock and wild animals. Sometimes I get distracted. While looking for sites on parasitic diseases I find myself adding sites on mosquitoes or ticks or bacteria to Flora and Fauna. Or fungal diseases may lead me to Flora and Fauna again or to crops or livestock in Agriculture where I also have permission to edit.

    A large part of Animal Health consists of sites about veterinary medicine and alternative medicine. The latter is broken down into sites about therapies and therapists in fields ranging from animal acupuncture to chiropractic, massage therapy and aromatherapy. Although Health/Animal is a topical category, the subcategory Veterinarians is broken down regionally and includes over 2500 individual practices from all over the world. (In the USA, even when quite small, these seem to call themselves animal hospitals, but in other parts of the world, clinic or surgery is the more usual term, and animal hospital is reserved for a specialist referral centre.)

    In contrast to Flora & Fauna, this part of the directory receives plenty of suggestions. Listing veterinarians in their correct location is quite straightforward. Nearly every vet with a working website should be listable under our guidelines. Sites submitted to other parts of Animal Health are often more problematic. Some are a mass of advertisements in which a small amount of not very useful information is engulfed. These do not get accepted in accordance with our site selection criteria. Others are supplied by people whose pets have suffered from various conditions and who now consider themselves experts on the subject. These sites can be listed if they contain sufficient good quality information. Other submissions are really about the keeping of pets, with a little information on health thrown in for good measure. I usually send these across to Pets for consideration by another editor. Some sites are not in English and get sent to the appropriate language category of World, and some have no connection with animal health whatsoever. These are quite a waste of time. Rather than deleting them, I have to search for a suitable category to send them to, a job that could have been better done by the submitter who knew exactly what the site was about!

    Besides these categories I edit in many other categories which I would love to tell you about, but time presses, and I had better get back to my collections and add a few more exhibits!

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