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Dmoz Extortionist Wanted $5000

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I couldn’t believe was I was reading. Shoemoney was asked to pay $5000 to a DMOZ editor to keep his site listed in the directory.

Seriously!?

A while back I got a email from a guy claiming to be a DMOZ editor saying that I had to pay him $5,000.00 or he would have my site: shoemoney.com removed from the dmoz.

I thought nothing of it…. then today I got a email from him saying it was removed and I might want to rethink not paying him. I thought I would check just for grins.

It was removed… WOW

dmoz… corrupt… no…..

I never thought I would say this but I don’t even care anymore. I am stunned Google still uses this as there business directory as its the most corrupt “editorial” system EVER and especially since now they are trying to talk about paid links

Check out the full post, and the comments over at Shoemoney.

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  1. Ste says: 8/29/2007

    Not so new: I’ve heard of editors you can ask, for money, to insert your site. I have two very nice sites, full of useful information confirme by the traffic and the contact of surfers I have every day.

    Thinking they are good for DMOZ I submitted them, checking before the italian category to see if my sites were good in respect of others already in the directory. The answer, honestly, was yes, and in two years I’ve had no answers and no inclusion.

    But in that category there are many sites of bad quality and still present. Why they are there and why some big and new commercial sites has been recently included? I know an editor and I’ve seen some discussions between editors about inclusion of a site: not very objective, IMHO.

    Another example: the company I worked some years ago has its site in DMOZ. I asked, how did you do that? The answer: we have a friend that…

    May be those are single episodes, I don’t know, but when there is humans beings… :-)

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  2. Gecko says: 8/31/2007

    Some think that Shoe is trying to play a game to get attention, but I doubt it. DMOZ used to be the ‘thing.’ Now it’s dead. It really is time to move on from DMOZ.

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  3. Anthony says: 9/2/2007

    DMOZ could have been the great web 2.0 sucess story. Unfortunately too many editors love their power in the hierarchy system and would never embrace a democratised media world. A shame really.

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  4. Marko Novak says: 9/7/2007

    They sound like system administrators from hell!

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  5. mikeyaozm says: 9/20/2009

    A while back I got a email from a guy claiming to be

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