Good questions and thoughts.
As far as Google pre-moderation is concerned, an interesting discussion about this issue (including the overall rules as stated by Brett) can be found in this thread: Google Premoderation [webmasterworld.com]. The key to remember as you read this thread from June 2003) is that premoderation was started over a year ago in that forum because of our rapid growth and the number of people who were contributing similar ideas over and over again. Now, a year later, we have even more members in the Google News forum and so the repeats/dupes/already answered questions/non-issues are even more numerous.
If your post isn't accepted into the Google News forum, this is a signal for you to get back in there and read, read, read. Because that means the answer is here somewhere at WebmasterWorld. I know that searching for topics can be a little frustrating - there are so many great discussions that it's sometimes hard to track down exactly what you're looking for. This is where Google will come is as a valuable friend - use it to search for your topic on this site specifically and you should have some luck.
Please remember that starting a new topic that is ultimately not accepted by the Google mods is not a personal thing. It's an action taken to ensure that all of our members are reading the highest quality, most pertinent threads on the Google topic.
> I know that the TOS are there to be read but who really reads them!
Here at WebmasterWorld, it is an *expectation* of our members that you take a few minutes to read the terms of service [webmasterworld.com]. Whether you choose to think of it as an annoyance to have to read the rules or as a sign of respect that you're willing to take the time to learn the culture and expectations here to make sure that your experience and everyone else's at WebmasterWorld are positive ones - we need everyone to read the TOS and understand them!
> If an exploanation is given,even an autoreply type that covers the supposed infringement that would be helpful.
It would be a great thing to always have an explanation for an edit or premoderation action - but sometimes this isn't possible. The workload that the admins and Google mods have is unbelievable. (I think I'll ask Brett to dig around and find some stats so that you can understand the magnitude we're talking here, as far as number of new threads started that are repeats, etc. You'll be surprised at how much information comes pouring in that the Google mods and admins have to handle on an hourly basis!)
Always - if you have a moderation question about why a post was edited, removed or not accepted into a premoderated forum - ask the moderator of that forum or an admin. He or she will have the best explanation as to why something was done - and will be able to give you some pointers.
Thanks for asking the questions!