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  1. Josh Pollock

    Nothing big, just 20+ new plugins… JJJ is awesome.

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  2. John Teague

    Did you ask @JJJ why he chose to deploy snowstorm.js as a framework?

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  3. Michael

    This is a managerial problem: “BuddyPress as a project has an identity crisis,” Jacoby said. “It doesn’t know what exactly it’s supposed to be to the people who are using it. Defining what BuddyPress’ identity is or what problems it’s truly trying to solve is what it needs. Until that happens it’s going to float along without a clear definition of what it’s trying to do.”

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  4. Robin

    There are many who would like to know the fate of BBPress since it seems to be basically abandoned at the moment :(

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    • kris

      Totally agree! bbpress is more important ( i think) than buddypress to a wide wordpress community, and it has a clear purpose, so while buddypress is floating, let it float for 6-12 months and please please concentrate on bbpress

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      • Ben

        I agree, it may seem that the bbPress project seems slow on the development side of things. Hopefully John would start contributing more, or at least get developers interested in contributing to bbPress in some way from now on. BuddyPress already has a great following, so much that I can already see a BuddyPress 2.6 version coming out sooner before the long delayed (2 or more years I think) bbPress 2.6. I thought at least John’s successful Indiegogo campaign would jump start the release of 2.6 in at least the first half of this year, but bbPress 2.6 is still not released yet. If John does concentrate less on BuddyPress in the future and let others developers like Boone, Paul, or Imath handle it, hopefully he puts his attention toward the growth and development of the bbPress project.

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    • Miroslav Glavic

      Fork BBPress. I personally don’t use it, I use Phpbb since it has more robust features and it is ACTIVELY worked on.

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  5. Bowe Frankema

    Very interesting interview and I like JJJ his approach to guiding BuddyPress forward.

    I think BuddyPress has gotten to the point where it can almost do anything in the right hands. My biggest worry as a full-time BP Developer/Consultant and someone who’s heavily invested in the future of the plugin, is the huge amount of potential users that are lost simply BECAUSE of these possibilities. The barrier to entry is too high, and finding high quality tutorials, plugins and inspiration is a challenge if you don’t know where to look.

    I think that we (as the BP community) have not been able to properly showcase and explain the power of BuddyPress and thus lowering the entry barrier. I don’t think that this is because of the code quality or the direction the project is taking, it’s more a matter of figuring out how to best present the information to new users.

    There is documentation, there are awesome plugins & themes, and there are amazing sites powered by BuddyPress used by regular folks and “the enterprise”. But this remains largely hidden and this hurts new users. They need that guidance and inspiration to see that BuddyPress is indeed a real solution used by real people with similar goals as theirs.

    I don’t think this task should fall on the hands of the developers, or all of this should take place on BP.org. Just as WP/WooCommerce/EDD and other successful solutions have lots of high quality 3rd party resources I hope that BuddyPress will slowly move towards that as well. This is something that should be done by the community of site owners that currently use BuddyPress to power their social networks. By showcasing their community and inspiring others by blogging about their community, what they’ve learned and the plugins they have used.

    That being said I’m incredibly excited about the future of the plugin and huge thanks to the Core development team and the many contributors that helped shape BuddyPress to what it is today.

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  6. Mike

    When you install BuddyPress you get an overwhelming amount of features that you may not want, that don’t look particularly good. After a good amount of digging, a developer can figure out how to wrangle the user-facing pages into something looking half decent, but it’s a battle. Maybe the REST API is an opportunity — a BuddyPress API could give developers the features but let them build their own interfaces from them.

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  7. Joseph

    This article is very weird considering that I am using BuddyPress for the last 5 years.

    BuddyPress is something that makes WordPress more social. It is for the users who wanted to build a tiny (or even large) community on their WordPress powered website. With the help of bbPress, you can turn any WordPress site into a fully pledge social network.

    That’s it. BuddyPress is a social media platform on WordPress. Period.

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  8. Sven Lehnert

    Identity Crisis?
    We use BuddyPress for so many different use cases, I can not see any identity crisis. BuddyPress is so huge it has no general identity.

    We use BuddyPress for Intranet solutions, learning systems, any kind of user generated content, e-commerce, marketplaces and membership sites. Even a german TV show use BuddyPress for their Community.

    There is a huge world around BuddyPress in the Enterprise Scope. The smaller sites often not understand the benefit of BuddyPress.

    WordPress educates user to build as lightweight as possible and use less plugins. BuddyPress is a huge horse. I think this blocks normal site owners to use BuddyPress. It is first interesting for bigger sites and company’s.

    The smaller site owners mostly want the profile component but they think BuddyPress is to huge. I believe if BuddyPress components would be released separately, the Members component would be installed on nearly every blog. Maybe BuddyPress should be a installer bundle ;)

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    • Paul Gibbs

      I agree, Sven. I strongly disagree that BuddyPress has an identity crisis and while John’s shared his opinion, I don’t believe it’s reflective of the majority of people who contribute to the plugin.

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