TheFog wrote:I am not sure how nomoz.org or any other directory can avoid falling into this trap.
That is too bad that they treat their good volunteers like this. Many people have said long ago that this concept of a closed project (though they claim it is open) with the majority of volunteers mainly sign up to add their websites, without any real incentive to do a good job, while at the same time the few good ones are being abused by metas and other editors. This was heading for failure long time ago, and I am surprised that it lasted this long.
The NoMoz.org concept as it was explained to me seems very promising, though it is not volunteer based, it promises to fix the most important issue in my opinion, which is to give the power back to webmasters and let them control how their website is listed. The issue of waiting time has also been addressed, among many other issues. The data will also be made available for free though not as a whole but in parts (categories) to avoid whole directory duplications. They will also be offering a great new twist to stand out from the crowd.
They will hopefully go live in beta within the next few weeks. I hope you'll keep an eye on it and let us know what you think here, so we can decide whether to promote it here as an alternative to Dmoz or not. We'll only promote it strongly if webmasters like you and I give it good reviews.