Give admins the ability to approve topics and comments added to a "Forum" page before they're published.
Pre-approval of forum posts would provide a valuable filter for the occasional out-of-line posts. You could make this a Settings option so it could be turned on/off, depending on whether the administrator wanted to use that feature or not.
The larger the membership the more time it would take to pre-approve posts which is fine if you sit at your keyboard all day. In our 600 member case, Topics are frequently time sensitive so waiting hours or a day for pre-approval are not an option. If a post or subsequent response is inappropriate i email the offender to educate. For example, using a Topic post to send a personal message. In all our years i have only had one post that was inflamatory, which i jumped on, pointed out how it violated our user terms and conditions, warned that repeat could result in de-registration, and cancelled the post.
Please don't give administrators the option to approve or deny posts from residents. A resident might post an idea an individual administrator doesn't like. This would allow administrator's the power to control the ideas and concerns of the residents. Of course profanity and attacks on individuals should be remove promptly.
For a HOA the admins have to have control over this. If I can’t I will not use this. The admin has to be able to remove inappropriate posting.
@David Christensen: Those with editing privileges over the "Forum" page can moderate all content that is added to it. While admins cannot currently approve/decline posts before they're added, they can go in and remove any posts they find inappropriate.
We realize that being able to approve/decline a post before it's added will cut back on the need to do this, and that's one reason why we're considering this feature request.
I would like to add 2 items. Allow admin to verify the forums before they are published and allow folders to have security.
@Greg Arksey: While you can add restrictions to pages to protect the content on there, folders themselves do not contain any content. They're an organizational tool used to group similar pages in the menu structure. Since they don't contain content, it's not possible to restrict the folders themselves. You can, however, restrict all of the pages inside of a folder.
@Meredith Owens: Because they are an organizational tool that is exactly why you should be able to add security to them. If you could add security on a folder it would not be necessary to add security to everything underneath. This is not uncommon as most OS file management systems I know allow security with folders. This is a good idea with no down side.
@Greg Arksey: For more information about the consequences of folder-level restrictions and why we don't plan to introduce them, see: https://feedback.hoa-express.com/admin/board/feature-requests/p/folder-level-restrictions.
The abiility to approve forum topics before they are posted is an excellent idea and has been requested by many of our members.
Please don't give administrators or board members the ability to pick and choose which topics residents are allowed to discuss. Rude or profane posts can just be be deleted.
If this one is approved please make approvals optional. As noted below we do not want to have to review and approve all posts. Our Board has agreed we will teach what is acceptable by deleting inappropriate posts.
If this were to be implemented, some form of transparency would likely have to go along with it. We could potentially have pre-defined reasons for why a post could be rejected (rule violation, inappropriate content, spam, etc.) and then display statistics on how many posts/comments were removed for each of those reasons.
This could help prevent misuse of this feature to suppress free-speech, or accusations of such behavior.
@Wes Cossick: Yep. Makes sense.
I can see why people might ask for this - but as a volunteer Board, I want nothing to do with moderating a forum. We post "Rules and Etiquette" on our forum and will simply delete and disable anyone who can't follow the rules...