I see Dmoz the one of a few trusted directories is closing.
RIP Dmoz: The Open Directory Project is closing
That is a shame... A hallmark directory, closing.. end of an era..Goodbye Dmoz.
Now who is going to buy it, and resurrect it from the ashes. That is the question... a ton of authority and links tied to that site.
A strange new internet we have now.
It can hardly have been the cost of keeping the domain and hosting up.
So... it must have been the cost of abundant or even excessive traffic
Hmm, I wonder if someone could have done something with that.........
That'll explain why I didn't get a site added then! Lol
Well heck - I wasn't expecting that. Apparently there was no big, ceremonious announcement. Just that little blurb at the top of DMOZ's homepage. It's so strange that something that seemed so powerful and ancient would just end so abruptly.
Decades from now, SEOs digging through code will find NOODP meta tags on ancient sites, unearthing them like fossils "Oh wow, remember DMOZ?"
I'm also intrigued by what will happen if they sell it or someone else picks it up or something! Could be a great opportunity for someone with the resources.
WebmasterWorld has a thread as well that is a good read.
Laisha has a heartwarming post about what it was like to go through your life with DMOZ. Other people are not so tender-hearted:
Define reputable ? Most if not all directories basically become link farms. Google and social channels have killed the older directory style sites big time. This is what happens when market leaders move into a niche. Dont know if your old enough to remember things like lotus 123, word perfect, word star etc all great products in their day, however microsoft decided they wanted a slice so brought out office and killed these companies.
Directories need to involve and the only current path is for them to become review sites which is now quite a saturated market place anyway.
The writing was on the wall for directories 15 years ago, its just taken longer than I thought at the time to actually happen but nobody is going to go to a site just to look up a telephone number any more, they will simply use google and get the contact details they need. Its a changing world and if users don't use these sites then there is only 1 outcome.
Shame but true.
Zeal used to have similarly critical 'manual' editors.
I know cuz I once was one. None of us got paid so things like this CAN be done for 'free'.
Zeal was nuked ages ago BTW