We have a need to allow staff to create topics that are viewable by other staff before they are published for all forum members.
My first thought was to create a new forum (e.g. "Review") that is a private form. We could then publish the topics in that forum for review, then move them to our main forum when we are ready. The drawback with this approach is that all of the feedback types, categories, and tags are forum specific. So we could not set those things prior to review (or we would have to reset them anyway after moving the topic to the main forum).
I created a test topic in my new "Review" forum, and I noticed that it was created in "DRAFT" mode. It also showed a "Publish" button as an available action. That sounds like the functionality we need ... but that functionality does not seem to be in our main forum. When I create a topic in our main forum, there is no "DRAFT" mode or "Publish" action.
My questions are:
(a) Why does my new "Review" forum allow "DRAFT" topics, but my main forum does not? I have reviewed all of the settings and they seem to be the same. It have not been able to find any differences that would be applicable.
(b) Are "DRAFT" topics viewable by other staff members? Or only by the original poster?
(c) Do you have any other recommendation for how to accomplish the objective described above (staff-viewable topics that are then published for all members)?