I know I do go on about old web directories. Eventually I’ll get it out of my system.
For a younger audience, it is helpful to see what I’ve been talking about, in the flesh, er, pixels. Back in the late 90’s and early to mid 2000’s there were quite a few niche science fiction and fantasy directories. I found two of these directories still functioning on the Web. At one time these were the prominent examples of their kind. I’m glad they are still around to see.
First, is Speculative Vision Network. It’s always been part of a portal, art gallery, forums, interactive stories, directory.
Second is Scifisource. Which has always been a directory. It looks pretty much the same as I remember it.
I do not know to what extent these are being maintained but they still function. These are the real deal, sorta sealed in amber, and at least serve as examples of the niche directories of that era.