Simple Machines Forum Moderation
After installing SMF forum, you may find that approved regular members may be able to create new posts that get published without moderation. Therefore, if you want to moderate posts prior to being published, you must adjust a few settings.
To set up moderation with Simple Machines Forum version 2.02,
1) Login as admin
2) Select Admin >Features and Options >Configuration >Core Features >Select Post Moderation > Save >Go To Admin >Permissions >Select Modify Next to regular users > Look for 'Post Topics and Replies to board' and 'Post Topics and Replies to board only after they have been approved'.
3) Deselect 'Post Topics and Replies to board' and select the check boxes for 'Post Topics and Replies to board only after they have been approved'. Now, new posts can be moderated prior to being published.