I’m obviously not aware of how much spam you all get and are protecting us from so I understand you probably have good reasons for moderating posts and it must be a heck of a lot of work for all of you, so thank you!
I do want to bring up some of the downside of moderating posts, however (assuming it’s not something specific about the posts I write that you think need to be moderated; in which case I’d love to know that!).
First, for me, personally, it’s a meaningful disincentive to take the time to write a post if I don’t know whether it will be posted at all, or when (given that posts after mine may be automatically approved before mine and make my post redundant at best). It makes me much less likely to post a reply because taking the time to do it feels like an increased likelihood that the time won’t be well spent.
Second, the feature, as it works in Discourse, doesn’t let me see these pending posts. It looks like I might have two right now in queue, but I have no way to see what they are or indeed if I’m correct.
Third, given that I’ve been posting in the Google group for some 10 years, it also feels like a strange kind of downgrade in the community that does affect my motivation to participating, though I recognize that’s childish.
Assuming there’s really a good reason for moderating posts by default, I wonder if there’s a way to approve folks by default who were migrated over from the Google group? Alternatively, are the existing post moderators sure the pros really outweigh the cons having considered some of the above issues (and most of all how much time you need to spend moderating and the loss of quality of posts when they aren’t timely)?
Thanks for the consideration.