If you want to make friends, Just Epals is a great website to join – but it’s tough to get in. There is no automatic membership. Everyone who joins is asked to fill out a full profile. Every new member is manually screened by a human. This all takes time and effort.
The result? The approval rate is just under 50%. You can end up waiting over 48 hours to hear whether your application is accepted or rejected. However, members that do get in enjoy a community free of spammers and scammers and a community full of genuine members.
Insomnia Land offers insomnia help forums for insomnia sufferers. Visitors can view the general discussion forum, but if they want to view the content related to insomnia, they need to apply for membership. Even if they’re accepted, they still don’t have access to the insomnia section until they’ve contributed something to the community first.
This screening procedure helps members trust the community and its members. They feel more confident in sharing their true feelings, and as a result the community is stronger.
When you make it harder to join your online community you lose the ego stroke of watching your member count shoot through the roof. However, you’re more likely to see happier members and a more genuine and positive community.