I understand that having a listing in DMOZ isn't necessarily a 'good' backlink to have due to the 'weight' of links from fully categorized listings, but I was wondering if anyone could give any solid information on whether or not the directory is still actively reviewed?
Last time I read up on the subject, there were xxx,xxx entries awaiting review with problems of 'corrupt' editors favouring their own listings and what not. Is the directory dead? Or just terribly slow at sifting through the large amount of new submissions.
I recently had a somewhat related discusison about this with the owner of a very large tech forum which took a massive hit after the Google Panda update -- the latest change where they pretty much cracked down on link and article farms (although many forums also fell victim as collateral damage -- but Google tweaked the algorithm soon after) and while I'm not an SEO expert myself, I gathered from the discussion that Google and Bing are now shifting the focus towards social metrics rather than just link counts.
As for as DMOZ and other directories in general, those pretty much fall ;under the linkfarm category to Google so while the site might be up for nostalga purposes, just like the Keyword META tag in HTML, Google and Bing will disregard those.