Help Improve bbPress by Taking the 2015 User Survey

If you use bbPress, it’s time to voice your opinions and let the development team know what you think by taking the 2015 bbPress user survey. It has 25 questions that determine skill level, use cases, and provides opportunities to give feedback.

2015 bbPress Survey Questions
2015 bbPress Survey Questions

In 2014, survey results indicated users are disappointed with a lack of features. It wouldn’t surprise me if this tops the survey again as its biggest weakness.

Between May 2014 and June 2015, there have been four versions of bbPress released. All of them contain bug fixes, security patches, or a combination of the two. New features are few and far between. You have to go back to November 2013 when bbPress 2.5 was released to find a version that adds new user facing features.

Hopefully, this years results show improvements in some of the areas considered weaknesses in 2014. If you use bbPress or have in the past, please take the survey. The more people who participate, the more data the team will have that will help influence future decisions.


5 responses to “Help Improve bbPress by Taking the 2015 User Survey”

  1. We put a halt on a few bbPress projects over the last few years, but it just has so much potential, especially when paired with BuddyPress. Looking forward to seeing the results.

  2. Thanks Jeff, just took the survey. Although not sure what if any difference it will make. The previous survey certainly didn’t result in any real change.

    Unfortunately, as with all open source projects, any criticism runs the risk of making the author of it sound like an ungrateful jerk. The truth is that without sincere feedback no such endeavors can ever hope to flourish. And yes, at times such feedback includes constructive criticism which may not be welcome by the dev team.

    It is clear that bbPress has fallen way way behind other forum solutions. The developers have to be the first to recognize this and to rally the whole wordpress community behind them to remedy this. That requires them to listen to feedback (ie more than just a token survey done each year and then completely ignored immediately thereafter).

    Users and the wider community can’t take the lead unfortunately, they can and are willing to consult and collaborate. The process needs to start with those who have been given leadership roles by accepting the reality that a major change is needed and then having the humility to actually listen to users and be responsive to the community.

  3. bbPress does urgently needs a mobile friendly UI. I really hope the project can stand up again. To be honest I have more hope for some newcomers like Flarum. It feels like bbPress is abandoned. I am not sure if it is worth the effort (I see a lot of tickets lately) or if it would be better to integrate something like Flarum as it is also open source and was designed with the new web possibilities in mind. I hope the best for bbPress as I really like the BuddyPress integration :-)


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