How does link submission box approval work?
The "approve link" function in the link submission box is a bit tricky to test. This is because the Link Submission feature is set to automatically approve links that are submitted by guide owners/editors. Even when you log out of your LibGuides system, your authentication information for this function remains in your browser's cache, so it may appear as though any link submission is automatically approved.
To test the Link Submission function, the guide must have a status of either "Public" or "Private" (not "Unpublished). To test, either:
- Log out of LibGuides, clear your browser's cache (we have instructions here), navigate to the public version of your page, and submit the link
- Head to a public workstation at your institution, navigate to the public version of your page, and submit a link
Using either of these methods, you should be able to see the link submission approval functionality. The link won't automatically be added to the public version of your guide, and you (the guide creator) will receive an email notifying you of the submission. When you click the URL included in that email, you'll be taken to the edit mode within that guide, and the link you've submitted will appear with a yellow triangle/caution icon next to it. Clicking that icon will allow you to approve or delete the link (see below).