The goal is not to process submissions/suggestions
So dmoz_addict what is the goal
? Seriously, what is the goal?
And one final point - whois data is for the most part unreliable - I wouldn't build a tool that used it.
I would. Here is a list of "things" about a site that would useful to include for review and building a better directory:
1. IP Address. Cross referenced to other sites on a server. Help flag changes.
Whois data - cross reference other domain names owned by an entity, and also flag changes in domain ownership (whois at time of acceptance is stored, not fetched in real time). The latter is extremely useful for finding problem sites (A Disney fan site that is now a pr0n site is an extreme example).
3. A thumbnail - see when the design changes.
4. Last date checked / date reviewed. Sure, there is a list of actions, but how often do the sites get reviewed?
5. Cache of a page Google-style - to allow for quick checking of changed designs / code.
IMHO, the goal of a directory should be
to build a useful resource. Forget submissions, DMOZ suck hard at finding and deleting no longer relevant sites from cats, and keeping cats fresh and relevant.
IMHO, irrespective of the PC Spin doctor "We aren't a listing service" newspeak rubbish, DMOZ are failing to build effective editor tools to improve the directory DMOZ already has. I bet we can all find examples of poor sites listed in DMOZ that are no longer on topic, and that is a poor state of affairs, especially when, off the top of my head, I can think of 5 ways to improve the maintenance of the directory in keeping with the "not a listing service"