Approve or block new posts

You can turn on message moderation to have messages approved or blocked before they’re sent to the rest of the group.

Messages sent by super administrators, however, always bypass message moderation and are posted without requiring approval. This is true even if the super administrator sends a message from a delegated non-administrator email account. 

Turn on message moderation

  1. Sign in to Google Groups.
  2. Click My groups.
  3. Choose a group.
  4. Near the top right, click Manage group.
  5. On the left, click Settings and then Moderation.
  6. Select your desired settings. You can review every message or messages from new members or non-members, and choose settings for rejected posts.
    Note: Moderation requests are always sent to group managers and group owners.
  7. Click Save.

Approve or deny pending messages

To approve or deny pending messages, you must have "Moderate content" permission. Content moderators also get a "Moderator's spam report" email on Tuesdays and Fridays (Pacific Time) that includes spam messages from the moderation queue. Learn more about permissions.

  1. Sign in to Google Groups.
  2. Click My groups.
  3. Choose a group.
  4. Near the top right, click Manage group.
  5. On the left, click Messages and then Pending messages.
  6. To read a post, click the title.
  7. Check the box next to the post.
  8. At the top of the screen, select an option:
    • To approve the message, click Post Post.
    • To approve the post and automatically approve all future posts by that author, click Post and always allow future messages from author Post and always allow future messages from author.
    • To ban the author or authors from the forum and report the message as spam, click Report spam and ban author from this forum Report spam and ban author from this forum.
    • To block the post, click Reject Reject.
Note:
• Posts that aren't approved are automatically deleted after 14 days.
• Posts marked as spam are automatically deleted after 7 days.

Block people from replying to topics

You can create a new topic and prevent people from replying to it if you don’t want responses. You can do this if you meet both conditions:

  • You're the owner of the group or have permission to lock posts.
  • The group is a web forum (not an email list).

To block replies to a new topic: When creating the new topic, select Lock.

To block replies on an existing topic: When viewing the topic, select Lock replies from the Actions drop-down menu.

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