Ethics, Two-Facedness, BuddyPress Forums + the BuddyPress.org Theme…
Folks, I am NOT one to flame or rage about free stuff, or even paid stuff sometimes not functioning optimally. That’s not what this is.
I did, however, put the word “two-facedness” into the title of this post…which might ruffle some feathers…however, I do hope the ruffling will be happy and that we’ll all come out happier on the other side.
I’ll start with the issue of BuddyPress Forums, and the theme at buddypress.org would also be a viable point of discussion.
1) When you download BuddyPress, the forums do not work the way they do at BuddyPress.org. It seems (to me) to make sense that BuddyPress present itself as what it is, and that when folks download BuddyPress, it would work the way BuddyPress.org works.
Am I wrong about that? Is that an appropriate expectation on my part? Am I just foolhardy in thinking that BuddyPress the software will work the way BuddyPress.org does? Is that just not the way the development cycle works?
Also, if that’s the case, setting expectations upon download (with some nice words from the development team) would help a lot.
2) When I install BuddyPress, the themes don’t work the way they do at BuddyPress.org. If they did, I would not have agonized with the Member Blog Themes issue since April 09 or so.
Now, I understand that there is a price to pay when one joins a community. One essentially has to learn the ropes before one is treated as an insider. But is that what’s going on? Are there BuddyPress insiders who basically know how to do stuff and use the software BuddyPress as a lead generation tool for clients?
So, then, the software BuddyPress does not work “as advertised” that is, the way BuddyPress.org does, and then people need to pay to get their sites to work the way they would like.
If that is the case, that’s fine, it would just make sense for me then, that the consulting prices would be listed and available, because I’d like to be able to move forward more easily.
So, does that make BuddyPress two-faced?
…and then, to close: Is that ethical?
I ask, not because I want to complain (even though, just maybe, sometimes I do want to complain, and I feel like I’m a positive enough Joe to have any and all of my complaints turn into…well…joy really).
Anyway, I ask because I want to know how to resolve the issue of not knowing how to create forums in BuddyPress:
Now, I’ve basically come out and asked for the code that makes BuddyPress, the software, work the way BuddyPress.org works. Actually, more specifically, I’ve just how I can get the forums in my install to display the way they do at BuddyPress.org.
If it is a “pay to play” kind of situation, then that’s really OK.
But then I find myself in the odd situation of “someone who knows how to do what I’m looking to do could likely tell me how to do it in 5 minutes.” So, does that mean that even at $120 per hour, the $10 someone would make by spending 5 minutes on skype with me is too little? So that’s why I wind up with dead-end posts?
I’ve also offered to record the skype videos (and I’ve been in a few private email discussions with some folks here), and I’m happy to pay for the time, and would even publish the videos. However, someone has to actually step up and say “I can help you make those forums appear,” and I guess, I feel I need to understand a bit better how this support community works.
Many of you are super busy, and some of you could likely have shown me, in a skype call, how to do what I’m looking to do faster than it took you to read what I’m writing.
That’s kind of goofy…
So, please, can you let me know how to resolve this?
Do I pay someone?
Do I wait?
Do I post even more of the same posts?
Do I just consider myself ignored and go away?
Sincerely, a slight bit frustrated, but wholly open to your guidance, feedback and commentary.
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