What kind of place is the Approval queue?As we are sure a lot of you have noticed, spam threads have been a huge problem for us for a while. While we're waiting for steve to come up with a plan that I guess they will feel good about and also somehow effective, or for the anti-spam software to finally smart up enough to know that Chinese-charactered thread titles = no good, we decided to take a page from MTF's book - all new threads will require approval before they are visible to everyone. With the state quo, we believe the traffic is low enough that such a measure is better than us, the mod team reactively closing all the spam threads since we can't predict when they appear.and we know it must be annoying to see them un-dealt with and taking up the whole page.
Please note that the measure is carried out, at the moment, for GM / NT sections only.
(Below is pretty much a copy-and-paste from the same thread on MTF)
We may adjust this option on or off depending on the amount of spam the forum seems to be getting.
The disadvantage is that if you post a new thread, it won't be publically viewable immediately and will need to wait for a moderator to approve it (it will appear in an Approval Queue, similar to an Alert for a regular user, for any mod of the section the thread is in). At certain times of the day there might not be any moderator online so it could be a little while before new threads are approved. However, hopefully the times when few moderators are online coincide with when fewer regular users are online and wanting to post threads.
The advantage is that you should no longer come to the site and find most sections of the forum an unviewable mess thanks to spam. Discussion can go on ahead at all times in existing threads, and we hope that new threads are rarely delayed for long.
This is quite an extreme step, and not one we'd consider except for the persistent high levels of spam on the forum. We've decided to try enabling this option on GM to try to make the forum more useful for discussion. I understand it's an inconvenience to have to wait for a new thread to be viewable - the trade-off is that the forum should always be filled with legitimate discussion threads, rather than them being buried by spam threads at certain times of the day. We're going to try it out for at least a short time, and we want to go with the option that's best for the community. Is it worthwhile to block these spam threads at the cost of all new threads waiting for mod approval? Please feel free to give your opinion on this.
Last time I checked the thread remains viewable to the one person who created it (even while awaiting approval).
Has that changed? Are unapproved threads now made totally invisible even to the OP? Or does that mean the thread has been quietly discarded (without any notification)?