Certain user-submitted content on the site is subject to moderation. The purpose of moderation is to stop the publication of obviously inappropriate material, plagiarised content or content that is not of sufficient quality to be published at that point.
Moderation is available to members who have contributed enough to the community that the system considers them a good judge of what is and isn't acceptable. If you suddenly find moderation buttons available to you then thank you - you've done a lot for the community and we would now like to give you the opportunity to do even more.
If you have an author reputation of Silver or higher, you will have access to the moderation queue. It looks like this:
From there you can hover over the checkbox to get the following dropdown:
The way the moderation works is you have to receive five "Approve" items to be published, or five "Report / Needs help" items to reach a different article status. If five members Approve your blog entry it will become live and available for all to see. If five members either "Report" or mark your blog entry as "Needs help" your article status will become "Closed" and you will receive an email notification indicating who closed the blog entry, why, and what to do:
If you wish to revise and reopen your blog entry based on the feedback from these members then simply go to [link to blog entry provided] and click the "Update my article" link. This will enable you to edit and update your blog entry and will re-open your blog entry for other members to enjoy.
If an author has genuinely tried to provide a decent material, even if they may need some encouraging to improve it, then the item should be approved by moderators.