What's the point in the Friends component?
Why bother? I reckon it probably even caused a few headaches to develop alongside the rest of the software. The component is utterly useless if it doesn’t change the user-end experience.
In every social network post-MySpace, “Friends” have determined the content that showed up for the user. I don’t have any experience in PHP – but if I did, the first thing I’d do is develop a means for the Friends component to have some actual meaning. Like. Maybe. To do what people assume such a thing could be used for. But that seems to be the last thing on the list around here.
The one use Friends fulfills on my installation is one-on-one chat, and I had to pay through the hole for that!
I mean, really, what’s everybody smoking? I see this on Ning and a few other social network platforms. You add some Friends and that’s neither here nor there; they just show up in a box on your profile and you forget about it. Talk about a complete waste of resources.
inb4: someone suggests one of the 2 plugins out there to add some significance to the component. They’re not in the repo, and for good reason – they bloody well don’t work.
Otherwise, Buddypress is fantastic. I don’t mean to belittle all the work gone into it. My mind is just blown here, is all.
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