BOTW: Volunteers Welcome

Search for Middle Ground

When I transitioned from Volunteer at Dmoz to working at Best of the Web, there were a few friends that had misgivings about doing what we’d done for so long on a commercial basis. Apparently they didnt agree with the wisdom of the Dmoztivator (see also: Blatant Idea Ripoff) I’d done a few years earlier…

GO HERE to collect the whole set.


In keeping with the idea of finding middle ground… there’s now another opportunity for those that like to give back to the web thru exercising their Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. I won’t go into detail here since I just did it elsewhere, but they can go to the BOTW Blog for details if interested.

For added benefit, the forum intersects with those neer-do-wells that edit the main directory at BOTW, so for some it’s a good opportunity to renew a few old friendships too.


BTW – Rumor has it I just got a Mozzie en absentia for “Most Expired Editor”?! ROFL. Somebody send me a link to the appropriate jpg… I’ll put it on here along with my gracious acceptance speech. Thanks (ermmm… I think). :p

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“Happy Easter, buckethead!” [Living the DigitalPoint Experience]

easter-bunny-in-grass.jpegOK, possibly not the most complimentary note I’ve had today, but no doubt the most objectively correct.

I wandered into DigitalPoint’s ODP forum today for the purpose of wishing a few there a happy holiday. First thing I noticed… they’d already been engaged in their daily deathmatch since the early AM. Apparently there are no holidays in the great war to do whatever it is they wanna do by spending every day furiously countering the latest threat to their closely guarded belief that Dmoz either is or isn’t the fleshly incarnation of Lucifer.

Huh? Don’t you guys get days off?

Easter is a significant holiday, which judging from TV has something to do with celebrating the death and resurrection of the easter bunny… possibly loosely based on an ancient Judaic “eating of the Holy peeps” ritual. Then there’s something about colored eggs… I dunno, it’s all sorta confusing. Anyway, it IS a recognized holiday, which oughta be a good excuse for not spending it duking it out with some moronic trolls whose opinions mean nothing in the grand scheme.


I’ve had the addiction to argue ad infinitum in there myself, or at least I did. I’m not an editor at Dmoz now, so doing it would be (IMO) a classic case of Obsessive Compulsive behavior at this point (lol, like it wasn’t before?). The again, several people in there are ex-eds that have more time spent there talking about ODP than they ever spent actually editing AT ODP, and they still post as if there lives depended on it. [Yes, it IS sad… but if you’ll send just $1 a day to my PayPal account we can help these poor unfortunates. So show that you care, and give today, while they still have a chance.]

Hard NOT to post there when you see the utter crap that passes for wisdom in that room, but it’s a classic case of wrestling  with a pig, ya just get muddy while the pig has a grand old time.

Granted, at least one of them is an occult guy… he’s probably bound by cultural norm to avoid celebrating holidays including anything as significant as colored eggs that get misplaced and make the entire house smell like rotten sulfur, so he gets a pass. Aside from that, I’m pretty sure the voices talk to him every time the foil slips a bit, so it isn’t like he’s missing out on companionship.

The rest however gotta fess up to their problem and enter the next 12-step course they can find.

ME: “Hi, I’m Rob, and I haven’t posted at DP for 7 days.”


Seriously boys, it’s just a directory. You gotta get out in the sunshine a little, your brains are gonna rot. Why waste your time in that forum?

The guys who are supposed to be moderating it certainly don’t.



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