One of my domains, http://www.designingonline.com had a listing in DMOZ, (you can still see a link to it's position in the Google list of linked sites), then one day i noticed it was gone. I submitted several times over the past year and received no reply, nor has the site been added again.
The frustrating part is that there is no way to know why a change has occured and there is no way to counter what was done.
just today, I started using a thumbnail image site to add website thumbnails to certain links, but they use the DMOZ as a base and more than half of the legitimate sites I work with, aren't listed.
Those within DMOZ who do perform wonderfully are being poorly overshadowed because of many others who have let their own interests interfere with the job they freely accepted to do, but are doing more damage than good.
I agree, DMOZ is not OPEN. It can be slanted and very unclear. If there is a governing set of rules for editors, a better way is needed to see that they are adherred to.
Finally and meanwhile, I would rather that other search engines and businesses would stop using DMOZ as their base for listing sites. In that effect, one sour or tired editor could cause a website to virtually disappear from many seach engines. That's alot of power for an individual to be handed...without having anyone to answer to and without having to provide explanation of any kind...perhaps it's time for a revolution.