DMOZ the open directory that gets huge exposure from prominent position as the Google directory is blogging. DMOZ bloggers are publishing major PR for their directory to encourage quality submissions and keep the project alive. I applaud this.
The comments below are from their blog post and seem out of synch with most DMOZ editors philosophy of natural linking.
I think we can all agree that the most exciting take away is that search engines love place a different value on free, human edited directories. The point is easily debatable. Perhaps a link in DMOZ is as valuable as any other link on the web or maybe it is worth more.
Getting a site into DMOZ is like Gold.
Google loves links from DMOZ and your site will reap the benefits.
Pointed out by the anti-SEO Shoemoney. It is quite ironic that DMOZ editors hate SEO’s multiple scales of magnitude more than Shoemoney, yet are advertising their benefit to the search engine optimization process.
The open directory project needs a huge sign that says: only quality sites need apply. This would drastically reduce the acceptance time for new website submissions.