Pending status means that an article is awaiting approval from the Code Project community. The vast majority of new articles on Code Project need a couple of tiny improvements because they do not sufficiently explain the code within the article.
I can see your post has been approved already. Typically you won't wait longer than 24-48 hours unless you're in the process of fixing up your article that requires some continued community feedback.
This week's newsletter mentions Kenneth Haugland's article: Finding prime numbers[^], which has won the monthly award for best article. I just came across this submission[^] which covers the same subject, although possibly not written quite as well. Should we accept the second one also or reject it on the grounds that it really does not offer anything new?
One of these days I'm going to think of a really clever signature.
have you not asked who closed it for more information?
Lobster Thermidor aux crevettes with a Mornay sauce, served in a Provençale manner with shallots and aubergines, garnished with truffle pate, brandy and a fried egg on top and Spam - Monty Python Spam Sketch
Apologies if there was any confusion or it seemed abrupt in any way. Each "Closed" message is accompanied by an offer to go back to your article and update it and comes from the submit address where you can respond for clarification or suggestions (that might be a bit unclear, we'll reconsider).
If this is regarding the article I believe it is, I'd be happy to work with you on getting it published. It may be more suited to a Tips & Tricks post, but we also have CodeProject Mentors who are lovely, wise, experienced authors who are willing to help get articles published if you're interested.
Does this mean it's ok to have a small notice @ the bottom of my article?
How about something even simpler? Why not, in your bio (which appears at the end of your articles) just include something tasteful like "I hope you enjoy my code. It's yours to use for free, but if you do wish to say thank you then a donation [link] is always appreciated."
You need to increase your rep. Post a few more articles, get a few more downloads and up-votes and you'll be good to go. 1000 points gets you live links in your bio (and I've just added a note to this on the rep listing page that will be visible in a day or two)