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  1. Warden

    Will this work to take over comments without taking over the whole site or homepage? From what I’ve seen earlier it just replaces the homepage.

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    • Beau Lebens

      No, o2 is written to basically take over/power your entire site. Once it’s enabled, you can consider it to take over “everything” on that site.

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      • andrew481

        Would you consider adding support for it not taking over the whole site? I think it would be perfect to just use for comments, or maybe to display everything on a specific SECTION of the homepage, but not to replace my entire site.

        I am sure a tone of people would love this as well if it didn’t replace everything on their sites.

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      • Beau Lebens

        We’re not actively developing o2 any further currently, and it’s built to suit the way we use it, which is to power an entire site.

        If someone else wanted to pursue the ability to have it only power certain parts, we’d definitely look at merging those changes (assuming they were compatible) via pull request.

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      • andrew481

        Cool. So when you say it will take over an entire site once activated, does that mean we won’t be able to have a navbar menu with different pages and a blog section? Or do you mean it would be on just one page and take over that page, but we’d still be able to have other pages and use BuddyPress and have a blog and stuff?

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      • Beau Lebens

        To use o2, you have to use a compatible theme, and then o2 actually takes over the entire content area of the site. It powers everything on that WP install (pages included). It includes support for Menus and widgets (in a single sidebar) in the current theme (P2).

        If you want to run BuddyPress and other things, I’d suggest trying it out either on a multi-site install, or a separate WP install. Nothing like that has been extensively tested though, so “continue at your own risk” :)

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  2. Beau Lebens

    Although the plugin was written to shine within a network environment with cross-site search and cross-site posting, the network features are not guaranteed to work for self-hosted users.

    To clarify, most network-level features are not included in this code at all, as they are currently too heavily tied to the WordPress.com infrastructure/codebase.

    This is best thought of as a “developer only” release of something that works roughly, on a single WP installation. I would not recommend running this on a production site unless you know what you’re doing, and are willing to tinker/optimize/tweak things to your particular environment.

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  3. Vanessa Anne Blaylock

    It’s been 22 months since Beau Lebens’ inspiring WCSF’13 vaporware talk where he promised O2 in beta in “about a month.” The O2 team may be officially off project now, but my guess is they haven’t been on it much in the past 22 months. My guess is that somewhere along the way Automattic decided they liked Slack better than O2 and this dump onto GitHub is the finally announced postmortem. Still, Slack, while awesome, is proprietary and not publicly viewable, so the possibility that someone may fork O2 from GitHub is still inspiring.

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    • Jeremy

      o2 has been available in Beta since December 2013, but only on WordPress.com. Beta testers were able to use o2 for public or private WordPress.com sites, and reported quite a few bugs allowing the o2 team to keep improving the product. We at Automattic also use O2s every day, for all internal asynchronous communications, as Sarah mentions in the post. That makes for quite a few additional Beta testers :)

      My guess is that somewhere along the way Automattic decided they liked Slack better than O2

      Slack and o2 are quite different. We do use both at Automattic, but one doesn’t replace the other. Slack is built for synchronous chats, and has basically replaced IRC / Skype / HipChat. o2, on the other hand, is designed for asynchronous conversations. It’s basically a mix between a forum and a blog.

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  4. bradkgriffin

    Ok, I’ll be the guy that asks….
    Other than downloading each file, how exactly is one supposed to take the o2-breathe for a spin? Isn’t there a simpler way to download the o2-breathe theme?

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  5. slaFFik

    And no demo link or screenshots in a post? :(

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  6. Ari W.

    Since a lot of people are asking about a demo, I have thrown together a quick site. Now, I am not opening this to backend admins, but feel free to post on the site. I will be toying with the settings over time, so don’t be surprised if things change suddenly. http://ariwinokur.com/o2breathetest

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  7. alber

    I tried O2 in my server but I can´t get to see my posts or the field to publish things, like I have in P2 similar like in twitter , Somebody knows if this is a bug or there is something I need to do to see the post and the field with the publish button I mentioned ?
    thanks for the news and help ,

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  8. Ari W.

    To those who tried to hit my demo site I post about recently, sorry for the whitescreen. It is back and operational again. Feel free to register and poke around!

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  9. Brad West

    I can’t get Ari’s demo to work (there’s a display:none; on the #content div) so I setup my own.

    o2 demo: http://bradonomics.com/o2-demo/

    If you want to create an account and make comments, you do so here: http://bradonomics.com/o2-demo/wp-login.php?action=register

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  10. David Wang

    Anyone know how to get O2 to work with a custom post type and custom taxonomies?

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