After speculation as to the future of DMOZ (Open Directory Project), it seems that they are accepting submissions once again. However will we see any change in the degree of difficulty many have experienced over the last few years of actually getting a site listed? Its quite possible, at least for the time being. Search Engine Journal reports that old submissions in the queue were lost during the recent crash in October. That means there are no longer thousands of old submissions sitting in a queue waiting to be reviewed. Therefore if you have been trying to get a site listed with no success, now may be the ideal time to re-submit not only because your prior submission is gone, but to also get in before DMOZ gets backlogged once again.
While the submission feature is working again, the new editor application is still down with no estimated time given as to when it might become available once again. A DMOZ administrator released the following update at the Resource Zone, a forum that allows communication between editors and the public:
The Site Suggestion, Update Listing, Editor Reinstatement, and Forgotten Password forms are available again. New editor applications are still disabled and we are still not able to check on the statuses of previous applications. As well, the public abuse reporting system, editor feedback, and any other feature for which the “Service Temporarily Unavailable” message is still appearing are still not available. We have no ETA for the return of the features which are still down. Please be patient and, again, we ask that you not start threads asking when those forms will be available again–we will update this announcement when we have further information.
We have quite a few client sites in which we were waiting for inclusion into the directory. In fact we were seeing approximately 1 in 50 sites actually gaining inclusion into the directory. Many submissions have been pending for years. I guess it would be a good time to resubmit those listings and see if they can actually gain inclusion in a reasonable amount of time. I’ll cross my fingers but certainly won’t hold my breath.