I have decided to follow up my shame on Dmoz post with an update, I didn’t realise what kind of a response I would get from such a post.
I really didn’t expect the kind of negative views and abuse that I have received, although Alucard on Digital point was helpful so I would like to thank him for his time.
Why Single Out Dmoz
The object of my exercise wasn’t to single out Dmoz, Dmoz are the biggest directory on the net, that is why i targeted them for chat room safety and i wanted to make a point that some of the sites they have listed are not safe. They have a lot of influance on the net, much more than I could ever hope to have.
If Dmoz were to remove these sites I had hoped it might set some kind of precedence to webmasters who don’t care about chat room safety.
This is certainly a problem for lots of directories and not just Dmoz, so my intention wasnt to take pot shots at Dmoz, but since I had targetted them first, I had to approach it from a strong position.
Did It Work
NOPE, seems Dmoz just list sites, they dont actually care about the content of the sites at all, never mind safety, so my safety campaign didnt work at all, if your site meets their criteria you might well get listed or not lol !
I also got a lot of negative comments which I was quite shocked about, after all chat room safety is a good thing is it not ?
Seemingly not, the problem with somthing like this, is its only important when it happens to someone you are close to or who you know. This is a problem that will begin to grow slowly as more people get online.
As Admin at World of Chat, we have often talked about this issue, the conclusion we reached is that nothing will be done about this, until somthing bad actually happens, in the same way that if somone gets knocked down on a certain street, then they put a speed camera there to try to make sure it doesnt happen again.
So the sites i suggested that shouldnt be listed are still there and will continue to be listed and World of Chat will not be listed simple as that !