As a DMOZ editor myself (unfortunately, for different categories
though), the only answer I can give you is that it can sometimes take
time. Certain categories ("shopping" being one of them) are swamped
with literally thousands of new submissions and it can take quite a
while to work some of these up. Every time I start editing a new
category, I come across sites that have sometimes been submitted as
long as a year ago.
Unfortunately, there is also no way for you to tell whether your site
has been rejected. However, this usually only applies to sites
submitted to inappropriate categories or submitted to several
categories at once (and thus classified as spam). Skimming through
your site, it looks like you have submitted it to the right category.
Assuming you have only submitted it to this one category, it's safe to
say that your site should not be deleted for any reason.
That said, there is one suggestion I can give you about speeding up
For one, you could apply to become a volunteer editor yourself. The
Shopping/Jewelry/Fine_Art/ category currently has 99 sites listed, so
it might be a bit large as a beginning category, but you could always
try to apply for it. As long as you don't favor your own site (by
marking it as a "cool site", for example), there is nothing wrong with
approving your own site for the directory -- assuming, of course,
you'll put in a little bit of effort to work on other sites as well.
To apply to become an editor, go to
and click on the "Volunteer to edit this category" link on the bottom
of the page.
If Shopping/Jewelry/Fine_Art/ already had an editor, there would also
be another piece of advice in that you could try to contact the
particular editor directly. Depending on how responsive the editor is,
this might speed up the approval process as well. Unfortunately
though, Shopping/Jewelry/Fine_Art/ currently doesn't have an editor
and neither does Shopping/Jewelry/. I would strongly advice you
against contacting any of the editors of the main Shopping/ category.
They are responsible for almost 80.000 listings and most likely
swamped both with new submissions as well as emails.
I'm sorry I couldn't give you a more positive response. Please let me
know if you have any further questions.
Request for Answer Clarification by
28 May 2003 13:41 PDT
But do I make the three sites up, as in the word "sample," or do I
surf the web looking for the three actual sample sites? Agian, thanks
for the quick response, I have my registration from for editor filled
out and ready to go up to the URLs section!