January 12, 2005

No sleep 'till DMOZ

One of the reasons for starting this directory was that we felt that DMOZ can often be slow to add sites, and that for a directory to remain fresh and up-to-date, then it has to add relevant sites quickly.

Is this statement unfair?

Let's try a little experiment - we'll submit this site to DMOZ and count the days until acceptance.

Step One: Search dmoz for an appropriate category. Received error message "The Open Directory search is temporarily unavailable". No problem, we'll browse the categories.

Step Two: Found appropriate category: Computers: Internet: Searching: Directories. Browsed the existing sites listed in that category and it appears that our site is a good fit.

Step Three: Read submission guidelines. We appear to qualify.

Step Four: Complete the Add URL form. Here's what we submitted: Rubberstamped - A searchable web directory of sites categorised by topic. Features a mix of editorial and webmaster submissions.

Step Five: Read the terms, and the bit about granting Netscape Communications non-exclusive rights to our submission. All looks ok. Submit.

Step Six: According to the confirmation page, our submission was received. There's no detail about when consideration will take place, but we shall see.

The count begins...