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Dmoz RISC OS section needs rescuing

By Chris Williams. Published: 14th Dec 2004, 16:18:09 | Permalink | Printable

Won't somebody please think of the links?

The RISC OS section of dmoz.org is in need of new editors, says former maintainer Andy Harmsworth.

Dmoz is an 'open directory' that predates today's Wikis, and allows a large team of volunteer editors to categorise and manage an online database of links to useful websites. The RISC OS category includes links to software developers, dealers, user groups and documentation but is rapidly becoming out of date. At one point, the RISC OS category was larger than the Apple section.

According to the Dmoz project, people should start by managing category sub-sections, and apply to manage a larger section once they've gained enough experience. Andy was once a dmoz editor for the RISC OS section, but after three months of inactivity, he was stripped of his position - although he is applying to be reinstated.

Given the rise of new links websites for RISC OS, including one or two Wiki based ones, and the power of modern search engines, we asked Andy how useful dmoz.org is. He replied: "The fact remains that Google (and others) still use the dmoz directory as part of their ranking, so having things listed properly has got to be helpful.

"To keep it up to date, you simply use an online editing system that is very easy to use. It tells you when links are dead, so it would be easy if someone wanted to do it."

Links

The RISC OS category on dmoz - find a sub-section, click on the 'Become an editor' link if you're up for it

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What a fantastic idea! How easy it is to get wonderful search results from Google, IF it knows that real human editors have looked at your link.

 is a RISC OS Userharmsy on 14/12/04 4:55PM
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Someone should make a master list and keep all of the different software lists in sync.

Ever worry that there's more lists of software than software?

Has the removal o the dmoz Directory from google's home page and, it appears, default results made it less popular?

 is a RISC OS Usermavhc on 14/12/04 8:42PM
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Well I remember a while ago I changed my home page from my york site to its current page. I sent an update and did the same a month or two later, but it didn't get updated. I notice it is actually updated now, but I expected it not to take longer than a week.

However the links are certainly useful, the ones I've tried seem ok :)

 is a RISC OS Userjohn on 15/12/04 12:19AM
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I did update my one entry in dmoz, but at the time it took ages to get around to it.

Humans are very busy these days for unpaid work :-)

Steve

 is a RISC OS Usersascott on 15/12/04 2:42AM
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