Over the past few years, I’ve had the privilege of conversing with a lot of smart people in the WordPress community. John James Jacoby is one of those people I can talk to for hours on end. Not only does he care about online communities and forums as much as I do, but he’s incredibly intelligent about it.
Every time he and I are at a WordCamp together, I always find time to talk to him. I share the feelings I had while being an active member on forums and how he’s helping to bring that experience to the masses through the bb’s (BuddyPress and bbPress).
In the following interview, Jacoby explains how BuddyPress was able to achieve dramatic increases in performance. We also discuss whether or not forums are dead. Hint, we don’t think so. Last but not least, he gives us an update on what’s in store for bbPress 2.6 and why it hasn’t been released yet.