It was just that if posts get moderated immediately the server would get no exposure at all, thus the reason for the whole project would be moot.
It was a none issue until posts started being deleted and that led to the question of how many would be deleted.
Not knowing the answer to this it made sense to set some kind of timing so that we could tell how many of the posts would benefit the server.
Most well run boards will moderate content withing 3 days (usually quicker if they are really on it) Thus it was desided to add the cool down period so that the posts that would be of benefit to the server could then be counted and credited to the poster.
Just curious as to why your links didn't have to go through a "3 day cool-down period"?
It's pretty much as Bad said. We've been developing the rules for this as we go along.
On the one hand, I'd like to be able to give credit for every post, since even properly subtle posts can get moderated into oblivion through no fault of yours.
On the other, simply accepting any post creates a moral hazard - people could post just about anything and link to moderated posts.
So, Bad and I agreed on a 80% success rate minimum - at least 40 posts that stuck. This ensures that incentive remains to post subtly in the hopes of avoiding flagging. We agreed on that AFTER Bad posted the first list and claimed the first augs.