January 02, 2005

Why DMOZ started

Interesting to note the reasons DMOZ (then GnuHoo) was started:

"...a San Francisco programmer named Rich Skrenta was getting frustrated with Yahoo: It's links were rotted all to hell, and it was slow to add the sites he submitted. "Clearly they were neglecting the maintenance of their directory"


"I think that GnuHoo will have to become some kind of commercial enterprise if it's going to fulfill its mission."

It's true that frustration exits today, only not with Yahoo. It's also interesting to note Skrenta thought a commercial model was required.