I have a quick suggestion. Why not make a permission thread? I mean it doesn't break the red rule and make sense so no one has to vm a mod all the time. All the mods has to do is check the thread once or twice a day. The mods would have to edit the post saying approved or what requirement is need for their approval or skip the post. Thread is clean out every week.
This would also put the red rule in full effect. No if, ands buts about if the mods start handing out infractions for vming and pming them for requests.