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Re: DMOZ tracking features
From Erik at ElectronCloud Web Development on 29 August '00
replying to Re: DMOZ tracking features posted by slm

>>Tell me more about DMOZ tracking features.
>DMOZ track the url, they do a whois lookup, they know if you have listings in more than one category and the database keeps track of comments from the editors. They know when it was submitted who reviewed it and when, if it was deleted for what reason, on what date, etc.
>They emphasize the most important resource the editors have is each other and communication - and they do. Do not spam them.

I'm a DMOZ editor and the things that they "track" and the comments that can be left by editors are all a means of keeping the directory organized. They need to know who reviewed a link and who moved links around just so order can be maintained and editors can't go crazy with a category. DMOZ doesn't always do a "whois" and obviously they track the URL, they are a directory. Various editors take their job with varying degrees of responsibility, but it is a community and this assures no one, not even an editor, can corrupt the directory with malicious intent. You're right that you shouldn't spam them, there's no term of office for a DMOZ editor and you'll find out that while robots may change the rules and forgive lawbreakers, a human editor could stay pissed at a spammer for a long, long, time.


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