New Directory Type, Mass Updates & Deletion Policy

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October 27, 2006

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I’ve got a few things to report today…

1. It seems to be a real trend for webmasters to start free directories and after about 1-6 months start charging for regular submissions, which is fine. But they usually keep the recip option open for free listings. So now, we have a directory type, Recip&Paid. So now we have:

  1. Free (Free listings only)
  2. Free&Paid (Free, paid and recip[usually])
  3. Recip Required (Recip links only)
  4. Recip&Paid (Reip and paid links)
  5. Paid (Paid links only)

2. I just processed over 100 reports which had been getting backlogged. This resulted in quite a few directories being deleted from the list. So I just wanted to let webmasters know that if your directory has errors (mysql, suspended etc etc) I generally give you 1 week to sort it out before I delete your directory. If you are having hosting problems or something like that which might take longer than a week to resolve please email me and I won’t delete your directory.

Thanks to the people who have been reporting directories, you’re really helping keep the lists up to date.


Promotion for new directories

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October 21, 2006

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A new site has just opened that offer directory owners some free promotion and links for new directories. This is a free service, so I encourage you to take advantage! The site is Directory Release.

On another note, just a messge to spammers who submit rubbish non-directory spam sites to Directory Critic: It only takes me 1 second to hit the delete button. I check every site before it appears on the site, so you may as well not waste your time.


PHPLD 2.x Security Problem

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October 19, 2006

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I received an email this morning about a serious security flaw in phpLD 2.x. The flaw allows webmasters to submit html tags in the description and name fields. The problem is easily fixed using php’s strip_tags() function. Here is the fix, courtesy of After 5 Web Design:

  1. Open:
    submit.php
  2. Find:
    $data[‘LAST_CHECKED’] = gmdate(‘Y-m-d H:i:s’);
    $data[‘DATE_ADDED’] = gmdate(‘Y-m-d H:i:s’);
    $data[‘DATE_MODIFIED’] = gmdate(‘Y-m-d H:i:s’);
  3. Add:
    $data[‘DESCRIPTION’] = strip_tags($data[‘DESCRIPTION’]);
    $data[‘TITLE’] = strip_tags($data[‘TITLE’]);
    $data[‘OWNER_NAME’] = strip_tags($data[‘OWNER_NAME’]);

Simple. Now that this is out in the open, you should expect spammers to try and expolit it. So I suggest you patch this up as soon as possible. I know Tim from After 5 Web Design has notified the phpLD team, and a patch should be out soon.


Directory Tracking Problems

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October 10, 2006

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Over the past week or two I have been getting a few emails from visitors who are having trouble with the directory tracking system. In all cases, it has been the same error – sites are not saved and do not appear in the drop down menu next time they visit. Just to let you know, I am working on a solution for this. The problem is, I cannot replicate the error on any of my computers or my friends computers so it’s proving difficult.

I will post up here when I have the problem sorted.


Its PR Update Time Again

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October 4, 2006

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PR updates are this site as christmas is to retail stores – a busy time! When directories get the good PR they were aiming for, they switch to paid. At the moment I just logged into admin, I have about 30 reports to process. Most of these will be free-to-paid updates. I have also received about 20 emails in the past few days from directory owners who were nice enough to inform me of the changes to their directory.

Please don’t email about PR updates, i will be running the PR update script tomorrow. I usually like to hold off until all Google’s servers are showing the updated PR.

I have also had a flood of new directories submitted so keep an eye on the new directories page. Last night I approved about 30 or so and declined about 10. I have another 25 to approve tonight. This should take the list total to about 2120. Next target, 2500!