DMOZ

I applied to be a editor on the DMOZ. I’ve added this blog and my shareware company recently and thought I’d give back a little. They suggest you try a small category. I thought maybe Recreation: Autos: Makes and Models: Mazda: RX-8.

I’ve been rejected twice now.

Guess I’m too clueless to be an editor. First I ended up applying for the Weblog editor. Then I got a slightly incoherent rejections with a list of all the things I could have done wrong. What I probably got rejected for was there was already an editor. Here’s the rejection:

Hi Ron Davis,

Thank you for your interest in the ODP. While we are always looking for new editors, I am unable to accept your application to edit in Recreation/Autos/Makes_and_Models/Mazda/RX-8 at this time. I sincerely hope you will be able to undertake some background reading and re-apply in the near future.

To improve your chances for acceptance into the project, please choose a category of around 100 sites and suggest 2 or 3 urls (3 is preferable) relevant to the category requested. Note too that this is a very small category which already has an editor. Categories may have multiple editors, but usually they are much larger than this. The urls should be working and from different sites. Please read our General Guidelines for descriptions at http://dmoz.org/guidelines/describing.html#descriptions . The suggested sites should have accurate titles and descriptions, preferably not all belonging to you. The titles should be the name of the site, firm or organization. The basic formula for a good description is: Description = Subject + Content. Say what the site is about and what information is contained on the web pages. Do not write a review on it or include marketing language and first/second person verbs. Your spelling, capitalization, and sentence structure are also being !
evaluated.

Please also remember, the application needs to be complete, including the disclosure of web sites you own or have created in the section marked ‘Affiliations’.

Thank you.

I missed where they have the editor’s name in small print. Now most of this rejections couldn’t apply to me. In no particular order. I’m not affiliated with any of the sites I suggested. There were no grammar or spelling problems. The URLs worked and were specifically related.

Here’s my three RX-8 related links as they would appear.

UK Mazda site – Official UK RX-8 site with British TV commercials.
S2000 vs. RX-8 vs. 350Z – MotoTrend magazine’s comparison between three cars with RX-8 coming out on top.
RX-8 Long Term Road Test – Edmund’s report after driving the car a year.

I may go look for another area, but two rejections tells me something.

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