We maintain master shells for all of our courses. This content gets imported to shells that our instructors use to actually teach the class. In the import process, all assignments and Forums revert to a draft status, understandably so that dates are corrected and settings verified before assignments etc. are published. I propose relative dates based on a changeable start date for a course site so that assignments, forums, and quizzes can be published all at once with dates relative to the start date.