Re: Cannot access How-To section
Sorry your friend is having trouble. I haven't been moderating spam for a few weeks, but I have a theory on what happened.
When a mod looks at the list of topics and posts that have to be approved, that list is usually a hundred or more in number. The number of legitimate posts is, in my experience, about 1% of the total. What happens is the moderator (and I'm projecting here) will quickly scan the list of posts & topics, looking for anything that doesn't look like spam. Unfortunately, your friend's topic sort of "how to encyclopedias..." likely got lost among the "discount jerseys" and "louis vitton underwear" and "cheep watches" posts, and got disapproved.
The mods only have the ability to approve or disapprove posts by new members, and move, edit or delete existing posts & topics. We can't ban members or delete accounts, or change the status of new members to members with full posting privileges.
Again, sorry that your friend is having trouble. Maybe he could try posting that new topic again, and it will get approved this time. I'll certainly keep an eye out for it.