I am sorry that you all were subjected to spam attacks. I have been a disgraceful mod, and I have learnt why: LJ was not sending me any notifications to this comm's submission queue, nor any comments/messages. That has been happening for well over a year, and so I thought this comm is dead, and got busy with real life.
_hannelore and torino10154, thank you so much for your vigilance. I had not received a single email in the past couple of years from this community, even though I do get LJ emails into my Gmail account (but I got only comments, not messages, and definitely not submission notifications).
Thanks to a person clever in the ways of LJ (my husband), I set everything right (as far as I can see) and even saw ancient posts submitted by users, which I permitted en masse. I offer you all my sincere apologies for the dismal state of this comm.
It has taken me well over two hours to go through all the comm settings and sorting things out. More or less.
I'm sorry, yet again, and I'm glad this comm is not the abandoned, friendless zone I thought it had become.