WPWeekly Episode 70 – Talking BuddyPress With Andy Peatling

wordpressweekly1In this first Tuesday edition of WordPress Weekly, we sat down with Andy Peatling of BuddyPress fame to discuss what exactly is going on related to the project. Personally, I feel as if this is one of the best episodes of WordPress Weekly I’ve ever produced. We asked Andy about the BuddyPress theme framework or framework theme, how he is handling the community development of the project, what could be in store for WordPress.org using bits and pieces of the BuddyPress software and much more. If you’re even slightly interested in BuddyPress, I think you’ll love all the information presented in this episode.

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Interview Bio:

His title at Automattic is Social Engineer. Andy Lives in Vancouver, BC were he likes to hop between coding and designing, sometimes mixing the two together and making his code look “pretty.” He has been tinkering with WordPress for a number of years both in theme design and plugin development. Last but not least, Andy is the lead developer of BuddyPress, a project that aims to bring the social to WordPress.

WordPress Tavern Listener Poll:

Last weeks poll question was: Have You Enjoyed Your Stay At The Tavern So Far?

Out of a total of 56 votes, 42 of you said yes, 12 of you voted that you practically live on the Tavern website while only 2 people said they did not enjoy their stay.

This Weeks Poll Question Is: Which Theme Company Has The Best Word Of Mouth?

Picks Of The Week:

JeffPluginsPodcast – The Plugins Podcast hosted by Angelo Mandato of the BluBrry PowerPress plugin aims to cover one WordPress plugin each week with occasional interviews of plugin developers as well as with heavy plugin users. Normal episodes are about 10-15 minutes in mp3 format.

DavidEasy Admin Color Schemes – Helps to provide differentiations between different admin panels for different blogs so that you don’t publish a post on the incorrect blog.

Last Weeks WordPress Trivia Question:

In a recent interview, Matt was asked if he were to start another project, along the same lines as WordPress but had nothing to do with blogging, what would it be?

WordPress Trivia Answer:

Synchronization, or some sort of contextual text analysis for grammar and spell-checking. Maybe something with anti-spam again like Akismet.

This Weeks Trivia Question

October 31st, 2005. What is the exact number of spams caught at that time by Akismet according to the Live Spam Zeitgeist.


On Tuesday September 8th, we’ll be interviewing Jonathan Davis of the Shopp plugin. The interview won’t be so much about the plugin itself but rather, the trials and tribulations of running a business based around WordPress.

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Next Episode: Tuesday, September 8th, 2009 8P.M. EST

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Length Of Episode: 1 Hour 27 Minutes

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5 responses to “WPWeekly Episode 70 – Talking BuddyPress With Andy Peatling”

  1. Sorry I wasn’t able to be there. Did download the show and listen to it – great interview with Andy!

    Trivia question answer via Wayback Machine (http://web.archive.org/web/20051031024125/http://akismet.com/):

    Live Spam Zeitgeist
    45,390 spams caught so far
    8,626 so far today
    79% of all comments are spam

    They had 2 pages archived for that day, so I picked the one that was later in the day to use for my answer. **crossing fingers that I picked the right one…lol**

  2. I’m with David when it comes to BuddyPress. It looks really cool, and I’m excited to check it out when I have some free time.

    But I just haven’t found any projects to use it on yet, I think you need a decently active community to get the most value of of a BuddyPress install.

    You almost had me stumped this week Jeffro, and it’s still a bit of a trick question! Archive.org has two samples from October 31st 2005, so i went with the later one that says “45,390 spams caught so far,  8,626 so far today”.

    That probably sounded like a pretty scary number of spam on Halloween, to think that 4 years later Akismet would be blocking over 2 million of the nasty lil buggers every day!


  3. Well, instead of needing my thinking cap, I just needed to be online earlier to get in the top 3!!

    Another really great show, and thanks to Andy for answering my question. I’m currently running Buddypress on my uni Ultimate team’s website, and I’m loving the experience so far.

  4. Indeed, the correct number I was looking for was 45,390. I thought I could trick you all but this time, it didn’t work although I think I was pretty close.

    As for the show itself, it feels like one of the best episodes I’ve recorded in a long time.


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