As we all know, the battle against spam posts will never end. And recently the influx of spammers registering had become severe that some immediate measures had to be taken.
I've installed something that should alleviate (but not solve, as it is ultimately unsolvable) the issue. What it does is it checks multiple aspects of a poster's account information and tests it against a database of known spam accounts.
So far, it seems to have drastically reduced spam posts (which is the goal), but at the same time, because of how aggressive it can be, there are bound to be "false positives" - so innocent people will get their posts auto-moderated by anti-spam algorithm from time to time.
The reason I'm posting this as an announcement is for newly registered people to take the time to study the difference between this phenomenon and the actual promotion system we have always had in place. There have been cases where people message us saying "they cannot see their post" (especially the newly registered ones) - and that's probably because they fell into one of two situations:
If it's a legitimate post (meaning there's no reason under the Rules and Regulations that their post would be unapproved), but still got auto-moderated, then they should give it a few days and their posts should show up eventually after the mods spot the false-positive.
But if they didn't read the Rules and Regulations, and tried posting to boards they're not yet allowed to post to, then obviously they will also "not be able to see" their posts - because the promotion system doesn't allow them to in the first place.
So I urge people to take the time to understand the difference between the two - and make sure if you're actually raising a legitimate concern before you message us about your posts not appearing. Because we will only be entertaining the first scenario (a false positive), not issues due to people not understanding the promotion system.