We are always looking for better ways to promote the most compelling discussions while pushing aside trolls and spam. Beginning today we're testing a new feature that will hopefully get us one step closer: Approved replies and pending submissions.
With this new system, all replies from the authors of a blog and the users that blog follows will be automatically approved. That same group of users has the power to approve any pending submission by recommending, or starring, that reply.
The authors of a post will still have the power to dismiss any reply to their post.