The oldest human-edited directory of web sites, www.dmoz.org, is closing on March 14. It started in 1998 as an alternative to Yahoo, which at that time was a human-edited directory that many people thought was too hard to get listed in. Even after Google and other automated search engines became popular, DMOZ still had some importance as a "trusted source" for Google, and web site owners were commonly recommended to get listed in DMOZ to help their Google rankings. Google itself even used to have a clone of DMOZ, the Google Directory, based on the publicly available DMOZ data set. It added to each listing a green bar showing the site's Google PageRank value. http://searchengineland.com/rip-dmoz-open-directory-project-closing-270291 I listed my hobby site in DMOZ around 1999 or 2000, when I had it on my college's web server. After I had to move to commercial web-hosting and get my own domain a couple of years ago, I updated my DMOZ listing. It's still there, under Recreation > Trains and Railroads > Photographs.