Knowing the status does not help in any way as there is nothing more that can be done. Either you get listed or you do not. Of what use is it to know the status?
Anyone who was ever instructed at the Resource Zone that the submission about which they were asking had been misplaced and that they should resubmit would disagree with that statement.
Almost all of those in this situation would have asked for a status check in a category that they did not submit to, hence the editor could not find it and advice to resubmit .... the site would have been somewhere and would have been reviewed at some stage and moved to the correct category. It is not possible for a RZ editor to search to find where a site is waiting, only the specific categories can be searched. If you get the 'submission received' screen after submitting, then assume it there.
Every now and then I get a submission to one of my categories of sites that are not even remotely related --- assume that they did this accidently and can not read guidelines. For me to deal with this, I have to look at the site, try and work out what its about, then search DMOZ for the correct category, then move it -- all that takes time ... given I am having to do the submitters job, my tempatation is just to delete it (but have only done that once for a foreign language site, that I could not work out what the language was, so it was trashed) .... if they can't read guidelines....
and the third thing would be kill the arrogance - if people speaking for the ODP, officially or unofficially, were to drop the attitude of 'we know we are right' and move to even 'we think we've got it right, but we're happy to hear your ideas' things would be a lot better.
You and I disagree if accesibility should be part of the criteria if DMOZ should list a site, you then resort to name calling (ie "arrogance").....
If you think DMOZ should be some sort of internet police, then become an editor, initiate discussions in the internal forum, get a consensus and DMOZ will become what you want it to be. To resort to name calling becasue DMOZ is not something you think it should be does not move things forward.
DMOZ is always happy to hear ideas, but get facts right first. Don't characterize DMOZ as something that it not, then critisize that characterization (this is a commonly used flawed tactic used in debates) ... thats why threads lke this always degenerate...Re: Automated statis checks
That is unlikely to ever happen. If it did, it could be harmful to DMOZ in that there are so many scammers and DMOZ spammers that try all sorts of devious ways to get multiple listings for mirrors (for eg), dublicate submissions etc, that if there was a automated system for checking status, these idiots (who ruin it for everyone else) will know immediatlely when there latest scheme failed, so they can try again with a different tactic ... the battle continues. If they were kept guessing or did not know they were detected, then they are less likely to try again...this keeps the crap that editors have to deal with down.
I think most would be amazed at the lengths so many go to to scam DMOZ, trying to list redirects, mirrors, doorways etc (I always fail to understand why, as it just a good link, nothing overly special
) ... you would be even surprized at how many plead their inocence and outright lie when posting at RZ (I understand this also factored in to the decision to stop status checks).... the one thing I will miss about the status checks is when I see an argument start, I head over to DMOZ and check the edit history of the URL involved ... its often then easy to see the BS from the submitter and the reason the terse responces from editors .... the problem then is that its not often possible to reveal this informtion publically as it gives to much info to the scammers on how their latest scheme was uncovered ...it all about keeping them guessing.
Lots is being done internally about this and is working to some extent to cut down it to the levels its at now! - its just not being made public, as this too gives too much information to them.
From what I undertsand DMOZ:
* gets around 6000-7000 submissions a day
* lists around 1000-2000 sites a day
* the size of the pool of unreviewed sites is not growing
Conclusion: editors spend time deleting 5000-6000 spam and unlistable submissions a day .... and that is after strategies have been implemented to reduce it.
The easiest solution would be to turn off the 'suggest a site' function.