We have one discussion broad list with approval workflow on discussion. Discussion will be visible to users after approval. We want to implement approval workflow for comments also on discussion board. We have implement OOB workflow on comments as well and it is working fine as well but comments are visible before approval.

Can anyone have idea how to restrict the comments to be visible without approval.

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Isn't default content approval created for this types of requirement?

Please try to turn on content approval and draft access restriction at Versioning Settings in discussion board settings.

Something like http://www.savtechsol.com/Education/BeckysBlog/Lists/Posts/Post.aspx?ID=122. Official doc is here - https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/825239, and keep in mind that discussion board is a simple list, and posts are list items

If you really want a workflow for this, this might help - https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Use-a-workflow-to-manage-content-approval-for-a-library-A4D2CD8E-59CD-4FB1-A577-77DD106C0926. As soon as you enable content approval, it doesn't make a difference how approval status will be changed

  • I have enabled version for discussion board list. I have implemented OOB approval workflow for discussion content type and message content type. for discussion it is working fine. But for message content type workflow is working but the message / comments are visible to all whether they are approved, rejected or in pending status.
    – Saad
    Feb 29, 2016 at 5:19
  • You are right, there are two content types: Discussion derived from 0x012002 and Message devired from 0x0107, they both are subject for Approval. Could you please verify that you have Require content approval for submitted items = Yes and Who should see draft items in this list = Only users who can approve items (and the author of the item)? If your users are seeing items that are in "pending status", this indicates there might be some problems in configuration Feb 29, 2016 at 8:44
  • Yes require content approval for submitted item is "Yes" on discussion board list. In list everyone can see all items i think this is the issue. Any workaround ?
    – Saad
    Feb 29, 2016 at 9:04
  • And Who should see draft items in this list is Only users who can approve items (and the author of the item), right? Is there any chance all users you are testing under have a permission level that allows approving? Feb 29, 2016 at 9:33
  • Yes only users who can approve items if selected. No i have checked for normal user permissions and users and contribute and read rights only.
    – Saad
    Feb 29, 2016 at 9:39

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