Forum hacking tip (and a plea to BP developers)
1. To my fellow forum-dependent buddypress admins: Since buddypress disables/omits the bbpress admin panel, I wanted to share a tip for how to change the number of topics per page/posts per thread:
Find the file bp-forums-templatetags.php, and edit the functions “bp_has_forum_topics” and “bp_has_forum_topic_posts”. Alternatively, I think you can pass arguments to these functions through the template files (I haven’t tried this, but it’s probably better than my awful approach of tinkering with existing bp functions). If you use a child theme (good for you), be sure to do this editing in your Child theme so the core BP files remain untouched!
I also encourage you to go check out rich!’s brand new “forum extras” plugin, which brings several key bbpress plugins into the BP environment:
2. To Andy and other committed developers: for a future release, would you consider enabling the bbpress admin panel or passing through the admin functions so that basic board settings can be changed and classic bbpress plugins can be enabled??
I know “forums” are old school… but a lot of existing communities out there are quite addicted to their forums, and the users really demand those features not included in the bbpress “skeleton”. If you search this forum, you’ll see that the alternatives are to run a separate bbpress install synced to BP (which seems to defeat the purpose of integration) or to hack in an admin panel (neither of M’s approaches worked for me, in terms of being able to activate plugins). If BP is going to integrate bbpress, I think it should go all the way and make it a functioning member of the BP society!
Thank you! Soapbox off!
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