BuddyPress from developer's perspective
The problem developers have with BP is that it has been a massive challenge to keep themes maintained because the updates to BP are constantly breaking the custom functionality and styles. Because of the experience developers had maintaining their existing BP ready themes, it caused them to make the decision to no longer work with it in that way.
Additionally, I [personally] don’t consider BuddyPress to be forward thinking in terms of the evolution of social networks. The model BP is built on is a dated concept of what the first social networks resembled. I don’t see any signs that BP is changing their network structure or the base concept of the network, which I think is a mistake.
Many and many features should exist in BuddyPress out of the box to make it comparable to the social networks. Unfortunately the only way to [partially] achieve this is by using plugins, and at the end; guess what? Users will start looking up for solution for the plugins conflict.
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