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From Nicholas on 31 Oct '99
replying to Re: Will the Open Directory crush Yahoo? posted by Simon

>I am an editor at the ODP for three total categories. Something about the ODP is just not up to par, hard to put my finger on it. My own site referrals from ODP are miniscule in comparison to Yahoo's. The search engine just doesn't work the same way. One million indexed sites or not, the ODP still doesn't feel legitimate somehow. Anyone have any ideas??

The shortfall in referrals might be for that particular site;
I see some site logs where ODP is exceeding Yahoo for referrals.
(No, not just the ones Yahoo refused to list!)

Dunno about the searches working differently, but I suspect many
people on this board would be interested in any conclusions you
come to.

Loathe though I am to think about it, it is possible ODP is headed
into The Stupidity Vortex that has claimed so many other SEs,
and their relevance will eventually go to hell in a handbasket.
The tech people who started it don't seem too happy under Netscape's
high-bureaucracy low-trust stewardship; I suspect some will bail out
soon, if they haven't already.

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