SharePoint 2013 – Community site auto-approval option missing

The owner of a Community site has the option to control the flow of new members. By default there is a button called “Join this community”. You can set an approval to this process:

Auto-approval for permissions requests

This option is only available when you create a Community site as a root site collection. If you create a Community site as sub site the option is not available. This is by design:

See the Configure community settings header.

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