tl;dr: I have just made some fairly significant changes to how the queue works when uploading. Read below for more details, although you don't need to know all these details in order to upload.
There is no more "staff approval queue" in the same sense that there was before. You no longer need to choose an "approval method", you just upload and the system takes care of it.
The direct upload points system hasn't changed since last time.
Now, unless you are fairly new to uploading (<1,000 total score) you will have a small number of "queue slots" in addition to your direct upload slots. These get used only if you've already used up your available direct uploads, in which case your further uploads go into the queue. This is not like the old staff approval queue, though - once you regain a direct upload point (for example, a daily upload through the passage of time, or a bonus upload from people favoriting your images), if you have an upload in the queue, it gets auto-posted for you. There is no staff approval involved. The purpose of this is so that you don't have to constantly keep checking back to see if you've regained direct upload slots.
There is another change that affects new accounts only (<100 total score). All of your uploads need to get manually approved by the site staff. This is exactly like the old staff approval queue, except you don't choose to have your uploads go in it; they either all do, or none of them do, depending on your account status.
We also have the ability to manually set any account to require all of its uploads to be manually approved, if we notice repeated low quality uploads from the account.
So, in summary: No more staff queue; if you have >1000 total score you can exceed your direct uploads and they get auto-posted for you later; new accounts and accounts we place on probation need all their uploads manually approved by the staff.
I have almost 69,000 total score and am unable to upload. When will the new “upload” policies go into effect? Plus I have 14 pics/vids in the queue.
Your queue slots are still taken up by your previous uploads from before the system change, which are currently on the waitlist and slowly being posted. Over the next day or so you should have more upload ability.
Is there still a daily upload limit? If there is, what is the limit of uploads per day?
There isn't a hard limit of uploads per day, but in practice you are limited by how many bonus uploads you can get from people favoriting your pics.
I made an update so that only favorites on your 15 most recent uploads count toward giving you bonus upload points. This is because we found that it was too easy for people to "go infinite" with uploads where they uploaded a ton at one time, and then accumulated favorites/bonus points on those uploads rapidly which led them to upload more, etc.