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Posted 28 November 2003 - 06:28 AM
For several month I've been submitting my site to this category:
World: Romānă: Regional: Europa: Danemarca
At first I was told my site was already present, which was not true. Only 6 sites in the category so I didn't overlook it, and it's not present in other categories under that language niether. The site is present in several other languages though, but that should be no problem.
The last couple of weeks I got a new message
Sorry, site suggestions are not being accepted for this category at this time. Please try submitting your site to another category on the Open Directory. We apologize for the inconvenience.
So I tried submitting the site to the next two higher categories and got the same result.
Can anybody explain the "site already present" error and is it normal for a category (an entire country) to be "down" for so long and what might be the explanation?
Posted 28 November 2003 - 06:59 AM
That is the only reason I can think of, I am not sure of this as fact, but i will try to find out for you and post back.
Posted 28 November 2003 - 07:02 AM
not sure about a multi language site again i will ask.
Posted 28 November 2003 - 07:40 AM
Posted 28 November 2003 - 11:09 AM
You might try posting to the Open Directory Project Public Forum and see if you get better response there. Good luck!
Posted 28 November 2003 - 11:42 AM
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Posted 28 November 2003 - 04:46 PM
But if you had a site selling traditional highland tartans, and it had much information on the subject, then it would be acceptable for you to be under the fashion > clothes> etc plus be listed locally in the uk>scotland> renfrhiwshire> etc
Posted 29 November 2003 - 12:32 AM
I wasn't told anything by a human, thus the answer is not whether the site deserves the link or not, different editor opinions, busy editors, trying other techiques etc.
It is all about the automatic messages you get as a result of submitting to dmoz.
Normally the message you get is something like: Thank you for submitting. An editor will look at your site in the near future.
What I got when submitting to World: Romānă: Regional: Europa: Danemarca was a "Site already exists" message though the site is not listed at all anywhere under that language (Romanian). This must be a dmoz error as I have succesfully submitted the site to other languages after this error.
After a few unsuccessfull "Site already exists" submissions the message (when submitting to the above mentioned category) changed into Sorry, site suggestions are not being accepted for this category at this time. Please try submitting your site to another category on the Open Directory. We apologize for the inconvenience.
I then submitted the site to the next two higher categories and got the same message. As OldWelshGuy points out the reason might be that there are actually no editors for that particular language at all. Submitting to the next higher level (World: Romānă) is not possible.
Unless anybody has a different opinion I think this is a good explanation.
There should be no doubt that one site can have plenty of dmoz links as long as the content for each language is considered relevant by the editor in question (if there is one). dmoz is about relevancy, thus a link in one or more languages shouldn't prevent people speaking other languages from finding the site in dmoz in their language.
Posted 30 November 2003 - 12:06 PM
Did you try submitting with the special characters having their own HTML-compliant codes? http://dmoz.org/Worl...ropa/Danemarca/ ? I _think_ that's a workaround to the problem.
Posted 01 December 2003 - 06:19 AM
The url displayed when I submitted was exactly as your link. I know because I have a printout of my submission. I just tried once more to make sure.
I have succesfully submitted to other categories with special characters, e.g.
I don't suppose you mean special characters in the desciption or title?
Posted 02 December 2003 - 03:15 AM
Many of the volunteers have strict interpretations of the one category only rule. They simply won't accept a site into more than one category, regardless of merit.
In your case, it would appear that you are already listed, and there is no editor anywhere in your category system to examine sites in your language.
Often, DMOZ will give sites more than one listing. It isn't something you should count on though, as they even more often will refuse.
DMOZ says it's about being relevant. It also has rules, interpreted in various ways by the volunteers.
Ask a question at the DMOZ forum. You have to register (free) to ask.
Good luck with your submission process.
Edited by wayne h, 02 December 2003 - 06:08 AM.
Posted 02 December 2003 - 05:12 AM
Thanks for your help!
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