The open group to join without approaval is a phpBB3 added function.
The open group in v2 is open to request to join, with the usergroup moderator to confirm.
One good reason (if the lack of support after December is not enough) to upgrade to the v3 version.
phpBB: The All Important Rules - Bertie Bear 3.0 - No support via PM system - use the forums please.
phpBB v2: Retirement (1/1/2009) : phpBB v3: Read Me Topic - Custom BBCodes - Support Template
Matthew 7:7"Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and a door will be opened to you."
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