For websites that employ a number of writers and editors the backend can get cluttered with articles that are in various draft stages. There's no way to know if an article a writer saved as a draft is ready for editing or if it's still being worked on.
So a handy feature on the Posts list page (and integrated into the post editor) would be a multi-coloured flag that the writer or editor can click to highlight what editorial stage the article is at. Eg:
Red: unfinished first draft, not ready for editing
Yellow: finished first draft, ready for editing
Green: edited draft, ready for publication
On its simplest level, those three colours would satisfy most users' needs. Some users may have a lengthier editorial process (e.g. draft goes to substantive editor, then to copy editor, then to proofreader/poster) or they may want to flag articles that are unfinished for specific reasons (e.g. writing is unfinished, no photo, haven't received rights to use photo yet, etc.), so it may be helpful to offer a whole palette of colours for users to choose from.
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