How to suggest a site to the Directory

The Directory is a web directory of Internet resources. A web directory is similar to a huge reference library. The directory is hierarchically arranged by subject - from broad to specific.

We care a great deal about the quality of the Directory. We aren't a search engine and pride ourselves on being highly selective. We don't accept all sites, so please don't take it personally should the site not be accepted. Our goal is to make the directory as useful as possible for our users, not to have the directory include all (or even most) of the sites that could possibly be listed or serve as a promotional tool for the entities listed.

To keep the Directory running smoothly and to assist us in exercising our editorial discretion, we have set up policies for submitting sites for our consideration. We may reject, delete, or edit submissions that violate these policies or that we otherwise believe, in our sole discretion, should not be included in the directory. We may also reject, delete, or block other sites that we believe to be associated with a user who has violated these policies.

You should take a few moments to understand these policies and the steps to suggest a site before you begin.  Failure to understand and follow these instructions generally will result in the rejection of a suggestion.

Step One

Determine whether a site is appropriate for submission to the Directory:

  • Do not suggest mirror sites. Mirror sites are sites that contain identical content, but have altogether different URLs.
  • Do not suggest URLs that contain only the same or similar content as other sites you may have listed in the directory.  Sites with overlapping and repetitive content are not helpful to users of the directory.  Multiple suggestions of the same or related sites may result in the exclusion and/or deletion of those and all affiliated sites.
  • Do not disguise your suggestion and suggest the same content more than once.
  • Do not suggest any site with an address that redirects to another address.
  • The Directory has a policy against the inclusion of sites with illegal content. Examples of illegal material include child pornography; libel; material that infringes any intellectual property right; and material that specifically advocates, solicits or abets illegal activity (such as fraud or violence).
  • Do not suggest sites "under construction". Wait until a site is complete before suggesting it. Sites that are incomplete, contain "Under Construction" notices, or contain broken graphics or links aren't good candidates for the directory.
  • Suggest pornographic sites to the appropriate category under Adult.
  • Suggest non-English sites to the appropriate category under World.
  • Don't suggest sites consisting largely of affiliate links.

Step Two

Do a quick search in the directory to be sure the site isn't already listed. This saves everyone time.

Step Three

Identify the single best category for the site. The Directory has an enormous array of subjects to choose from. You should suggest a site to the single most relevant category. Sites suggested to inappropriate or unrelated categories may be rejected or removed.

Note: Some categories do not have "Submit URL" or "update URL" links. These categories don't accept suggestions, so you should find a more specific category for the site.

Step Four

Once you've selected the best category for the site, go directly to that category and then click "Submit URL." Follow the instructions on the suggestion form carefully.  Descriptions of sites should describe the content of the site concisely and accurately.  They should not be promotional in nature. Suggesting a promotional description rather than an objective, well written description may significantly delay the site from being listed or prevent it from being listed at all. Auto-submission software is (and always has been) a violation of this procedure. Sites suggested automatically are flagged and deleted after the suggestion is accepted, without notification. Persistent automated suggestions may force us to ban you from the directory, so we can provide resources to real human beings.

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