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How long does it/should it take for moderator to approve thread?

Discussion in 'Forum Feedback' started by mhigham, Oct 25, 2008.

  1. mhigham

    mhigham Regular Member

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    As title, I'm waiting on a thread being approved in 'places to play' - don't normally expect to wait so long to have it done and wondered how long this should take?

    Cheers

    Mark
     
  2. Oldhand

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    Please Note

    It's unusual for a thread (or a post) to require approval.
    In usual practice, what you post shows up immediately.

    However, the administrator has a few tricks built into the site.
    These are above and beyond the standard regulatory systems.

    Why so?

    Well, we need these checks to weed out spammers and bots.
    If not, our purpose would be choked by hordes of offers from scam-sites and con-groups selling anything from non-existent iPhones to non-existent Gucci bags.

    Just so that you know:
    ...the system blocks around two dozen spam threads and posts every day.
    If not for kwun's filters, this forum wouldn't sport the clean look it now has.

    The system also allows regular members more leeway than it allows new members. Until you cross a certain post count, the filters are designed to treat your every post with a large amount of suspicion. You will find that the gates open wider once you move into the Regular Member bracket.

    In your case, your new thread was blocked because it contained an email address, which is unfortunately quite a standard element in a scam/spam post.

    It has since been approved.

    Have fun here, mhigham :)
     
  3. mhigham

    mhigham Regular Member

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    many thanks Oldhand - I appreciate why you've got to do it, and the product is a fantastic forum like this one.

    Cheers

    Mark
     
  4. Oldhand

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    If anyone, kwun is the one to be thanked.
    My role here is only that of the janitor's :eek:

    PS: My computer skills are only just enough to get by.
     
  5. ctjcad

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    Usually..

    ..when a new member makes a new post/new thread, it won't take a day or even half a day for the post/thread to be approved (my guess is only within a few hours of the initial submission). Standard procedure, even if the post/thread doesn't contain any email address or website address; better to prevent in the first place.:cool:
    However, yes, even with the super-tight anti-spams, anti-bots protection in place and the added supervision of the diligent, hawk-eyed mods, we still see a very few of those posts/threads successfully sneaked in here and there.
     
  6. Oldhand

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    To clarify:

    If there are no 'suspicious' elements, a new thread (or a post) will be up as soon as it is submitted. There is no waiting period at all :)
     

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