Wednesday, June 16, 2004

DMOZ - getting your site listed on the web

I am trying to find out how to get this blog listed on the web (in search engines like Google). Went to and filled out a Site Submission. Not entirely sure about the rules at dmoz, but apparantly they require you to grovel a bit and put the dmoz editors on a pedestal. At least, it appears that way when reading the dmoz forum (at Now, I can only assume that these guys are swamped and most of the site submissions do not meet their criteria, and some users may get all insulting, but I have to admit that some of the dmoz editors' answers seem a bit smug.

Also, one of the submission criteria is subject to a wide range of interpretations:

The Open Directory has a policy against the inclusion of sites with illegal content. Examples of illegal material include child pornography; libel; material that infringes any intellectual property right; and material that specifically advocates, solicits or abets illegal activity (such as fraud or violence).

Okay, obviously child porn is illegal content, but what about libel? If I post an opinion that says, oh, I dunno, "George Bush is a crack-smoking weinie" is that libel? I mean, it is only libel if a court decides it is, otherwise it's just stuff you wrote. The other part that makes me nervous is "...and material that specifically advocates...illegal activity...". So, if, in my blog, I call for a tax revolt, is that advocating illegal activity? Or when I said in a recent post that I would not buy a piece of DVD burning software until I can be sure that it actually works...I would first get pirated copies to test them that advocating illegal activity? Dunno.

Anyways, I'm off to paint backwards swastikas on jewish cemetary headstones, kick some white trailer trash in the nuts, and steal some burritos from my local Taco Bell. Not advocating that anyone else do any of this illegal stuff, just me.