Our forum gets hit with spam. Luckily, most of it is never seen by the users because our spam controls automatically send into moderation certain threads/posts created by users with low post counts.
Things that can cause your threads/posts to be sent to moderation:
Being a new user with a low post count.
Creating a new thread in certain well-trafficked sections (like Finally Finished or Sketchbooks).
Lots of attachments or images.
Anything that looks spammy.
Once you have accumulated enough posts (a small number, approx. 15-20), all your previous threads/posts will automatically be released from moderation.
We get A LOT of requests from people asking that their posts be released from moderation. It is just too much for us to do individually and keep on top of. If you have 20+ posts and your threads/posts still aren't showing up, leave a request in this thread and we'll try to see what the problem is.
Thanks so much for your understanding.