Sgt_Kickaxe - 7:16 pm on Aug 8, 2010 (gmt 0)
Bill, just a thought, if you keep it hidden Google will not have record of any links to the page when they find it, until they re-crawl the page it can easily be outranked with a copy that DOES have links pointing to it.
When you make the article live is when the link juice to the page can kick in and it's possible what you describe results in a much bigger window between publish and re-crawl versus the normal publish and first crawl.
Google will know your page came first but there is no guarantee that publish date is more important than popularity (ie: pagerank, trust rank and whatever else Google uses). There's a chance delayed publishing actually helps the scraper... if the scraping site is of high quality (in google's robotic eyes)
brotherhood - receivers don't work, they accumulate too much automated spam.