DMOZ and Yahoo; TLD vs Subdomain

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Does anyone know if DMOZ treats top level domain's differently that subdomains.

I've been trying to get my website into <a href="http://dmoz.org/Computers/Education/FAQs,_Help,_and_Tutorials/Chats_and_Forums/">this</a> category.

My URL used to be http://short-circuit.zapto.org (This was a free url from no-ip) but I moved it to http://www.computerbb.org.

The same goes for <a href="http://dir.yahoo.com/Computers_and_Internet/Technical_Guides_and_Support/">this</a> yahoo directory.
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Firstly, just to let you know, http://short-circuit.zapto.org was recently moved from Computers/Education/FAQs,_Help,_and_Tutorials to Computers/Education/FAQs,_Help,_and_Tutorials/Chats_and_Forums where it is awaiting a review. In other words, at this point, the site has not been declined. I hope this is good news for you.

Secondly, to answer the question on TLD's, no... DMOZ does not treat them any differently. What DMOZ looks at is the content and the overall site. Submitting http://www.mysite.yourhost.com should not make any difference at all.

I should point out that there is a massive difference to your question and others that actually relate to 'deeplinking' - which is frowned upon in 'most' cases. An example of a deeplink would be if you had a site at http://www.mysite.com but submitted http://www.shop.mysite.com (the subdoman being part of the parent URL - TLD) This would be submitting a deeplink of the domain http://www.mysite.com which DMOZ specificaly request is ot done. This of course is not the case with your submission.

I see that you have placed a redirect on your old address to your new one - this was a very good move and it will be picked up when the editor performs the review.

Good Luck and I hope this helps.
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but there isn't an editor for that category
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Quote:
but there isn't an editor for that category


What you meant to say is that there is no 'named' editor for that category.

Not having a named editor doesn't make a great deal of difference and should never be used as a reason to submit elsewhere in the directory. You would be suprised how many people submit to a higher category simply because of the named editor 'thing'.

Firstly, there are hundreds of editors who can edit the entire directory - wherever they choose and at anytime.
Secondly an editor named in the 'branch' above a category can also edit its subcategories. So, for instance, all the editor in Computers/ can edit ANYWHERE below them. Editor of Computers/Education/ can edit anywhere below them - and so on. Therefore you may be surprised how many editors can actually edit in that specific category.

Submitting to a higher category that does have a named editor only slows down the whole process as the site has to be partially reviewed and then moved - thus joining the pile in the correct category later rather than sooner. If an editor in the category it was submitted to didn't pay the category a visit for say 6 months - it would have been sat there for 6 months only to be moved again.

Here is a worse case scenario of what could happen submitting to the wrong category:

1: Submitted to wrong cat
2: Site waiting to be reviewed
3: Editor checks the site after it has been waiting 6 months
4: Editor moves it to correct subcat and it awaits further review
5: An editor happens to have cleaned up the destination cat yesterday
6: Editor does not return to that destination category for another 6 months as it is looking rather clean and other categories would benefit more from his/her time.
7: After 1 year of waiting the site content has changed a bit and is no longer appropriate for that category - it is moved agian...

... and on and on.....

The lesson is submit the category that suits the sites content - and not where you would like to see it listed.

BTW - this post is not aimed at you - merely showing others what can happen!!!!!
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ok, thanks

If for whatever reason I don't get in, do they send out an email?
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I am afraid not. The best place to check on the status is at http://www.resource-zone.com which is a forum moderated by some ODP editors.

You are able to check on status on a monthly basis starting a calendar month after the last time the site was submitted.

Other than checking at the resource-zone you will not be notified of the sites status either-way.

Email notification is something that has been requested by many but has been rejected on many occassions due to many very valid reasons. I would personally like to see a feature whereby you could type in the submitted URL and the category - and the result is displayed. I do however feel that there may be many logistical reasons why this may not be a viable option.
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hey, thanks for that example above Buster... Hopefully some can learn from that :)

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