Hey again @CoolCrab. Apologies for the continued confusion. As we’re trying to transition to a more communicative and clear system, we’re rolling out changes including the “not published” and “pending” status disclaimers. For now, those are in place to give users a clear idea of the status of their submission. We’re working on further features that will allow us to communicate more detailed reasons directly with more emails to our users. This email and notification process is in development and should roll out soon. In the meantime, as ever, I encourage you to reach out to our database editors directly at firstname.lastname@example.org with any detailed questions or comments about specific place pages.
In regards to the idea you and other users (including @SunnyDandthePurpleSt) have suggested about posting rejected or pending places in the forums for other users to review, I think that’s a fine idea, but I want to set some expectations so that such discussions don’t lead to further confusion or frustration. As it stands, we do not have a direct process for reviewing changes or edits to specific submissions from our forum comments. However, any edits made to the place pages will be reviewed by our editors, and handled as normal. The forum space is here primarily to facilitate discussion between our users, and while our editors and staff are here in the discussions, for the time being, direct communication with them via email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org is still the most efficient way to get more information about your submissions.
Our forum space is still very new and we are actively working on how to make it most useful for our readers. In the future, there may be a more direct link between the submissions process and our forum discussions but for the time being, the database editors are the best source of information regarding our place and food pages.
I hope this helps clear things up, and again I apologize for any confusion you’ve experienced. Thanks again for the continued feedback, and let me know if you have any further questions or concerns.