While I was doing a Proof of Concept for Community sites in SharePoint 2013, I wanted to show how users can automatically join communities without being approved by an administrator. However, when I went into the Community Settings I didn’t see the “Enable Auto Approval” checkbox!
When it should look like this
I checked in Microsoft’s code to see if this is a bug, or made on purpose by the SharePoint Team, and it’s in fact made on purpose by the SharePoint team!
I found out that the “Auto-Approval for permission request” section only appears when your community is a site collection and not a sub-site! So, if you need this functionality, make sure you create your community as a Site Collection!
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