Act on a forum topic or reply that is awaiting approval 

To programmatically take action on a forum topic or reply that is waiting to be approved, send an Atom entry document that defines the action you want to take to the moderation action feed.

Only a person added to the global-moderator role of the Forums application can take action on a forum topic or reply awaiting approval.

See Authenticating requests for information about how to authenticate the request.

To take action on an topic or reply awaiting approval...

  1. Retrieve the moderation service document. See Retrieve the Forums moderation service document for more details.

  2. In the service document, find the collection with the <atom:category term="approval-action" .../> child element, and make a note of the web address in its href attribute.

  3. Find the edit link of the topic or reply that you want to take action on by getting a list of the entries awaiting approval. See Getting a list of topics and replies that require action for more details. Make a note of the href attribute of the edit link for the entry representing the forum topic or reply.

  4. Create an Atom entry document that defines the action you want to perform. In the <snx:moderation action="xxx" /> element, choose one of the following options:


        Approves the topic or reply and publishes it to the forum.


        Rejects the request for publication and does not publish the topic or reply.

      Construct an <snx:in-ref-to> element that identifies the topic or reply that you want to take action on using one of the following syntax options:

      • Topic:

          <snx:in-ref-to xmlns:snx="" 

      • Reply:

          <snx:in-ref-to xmlns:snx="" 

      where <entry_ID> is the value specified as the topicUuid or replyUuid in the edit link URL. For example, if the edit <link> is


      then the <entry_ID> value to use is 2138b739-f358-4dec-b8e4-b8a5c60d051c.

      For example, to approve a topic, the Atom entry document might contain the following content:

      <?xml version="1.0"?>
      <name>ignored</name> <!-- taken from authenticated moderator user -->
      <snx:in-ref-to xmlns:snx="" 
      <snx:moderation action="approve" />
      <content>This content of this entry is not objectionable according to 
       company guidelines.</content>

  5. Send a POST request to the web address that you noted in Step 2. Pass the Atom entry document that you created in the previous step as input on the request.

Table 1. Atom API request details

Method Resource URI Input representation
POST Change pre-moderated forum content approval status collection Value of the href attribute of the <collection> element that has the <atom:category term="approval-action" .../> child element in the moderation service document. moderation action


Provide a moderation action Atom entry document. The content type of the Atom entry document must be application/atom+xml.



Returned HTTP headers

HTTP/1.1 200 OK

Error codes



> POST /forums/atom/approval/actions HTTP/1.1
> Authorization: xxx
> Host:
> Accept: */*
> Content-Type: application/atom+xml
> Content-Length: 616


< HTTP/1.1 200 OK

Parent topic

Work with forum topics and replies that are awaiting approval

Related reference
Moderation action entry content