When I first opened Ouch Too I left the settings so everyone could visit, read and post without needing an Aimoo account. As the message board grew this was changed to only people with an account could post.
Last night I changed the settings to only members can post and new members have to be approved before joining. This is pretty much what the BBC had on BBC Ouch and probably for similar reasons. It does mean that anyone who has been posting from a Aimoo account who had not yet joined will need to join and also there will be times when people have to wait for their membership to be approved because I or one of the moderators are not around.
People will still be able to read the message board without having an Aimoo account or Ouch Too membership.
My expectation is that this will help things run more smoothly.
edit > an issue has arisen from me changing the settings people who thought they were members because they had an Aimoo account and could post are discovering they can no longer do so.
If you see the word Join and the top of the main page it means you have not yet joined and need to do so. Please note we also need to approve you membership before you become a member and can post - there may be a short time delay.