A couple of days ago I wrote about ShoeMoney’s bad experience with DMOZ. Basically some corrupt editor demanded $5,000 from ShoeMoney or else his listing would be deleted – he refused to pay and much to his surprise he noticed that his listing was indeed gone.
Today when I was browsing Digg I noticed an article from Joost de Valk, a Dutch SEO consultant and also a DMOZ editor. He read the article on ShoeMoney’s website and tried to help, the result: his DMOZ account was disabled!
I thought: heck, I’m a DMOZ editor, I don’t want to be associated with stuff like that, let’s see if I can do anything to help. So I posted something like that in the commentthread to the above post, and I added a note to Shoemoney’s URL in DMOZ asking why the URL was removed.
Now pay attention: within 36 hours after doing that, my account was disabled!
I’d put quite some work into that account; I was editing 9 categories at the time my account was disabled. I did NOT put all that hard work into it for some meta to come along and ban me on sight when he sees something he doesn’t like, without sending ANY email or other notification.
DMOZ was a wonderful idea but thanks to all the corruption and amateurish behaviour it’s gone to hell. I think Google should stop using them asap.