Whether you want us to pay up front for listings or not, can you please put into place (or re-instate) the ability for the user to decide exactly when the thread goes live.
This is important so that affiliates know when its live to queue up their promotion emails. Also so that the thread starter can be on hand for support and also to grab the first post below the sales post, as is customary, for FAQ purposes.
It is also important so product buy buttons can be made live at the correct time - especially important when products are on a dimesale.
From the actions of the owners of this forum, I seriously doubt they ever look in here as they seem to take no notice of what their members suggest. So I post more in hope than in any expectation.