Nevermind what I said – I no longer believe it to be true. It works just fine on another child theme I just tested it on. My problem, I believe, concerns a parent theme that doesn’t use the style.css file in the traditional way – it’s likely that with more work on my child theme, I could get it to work with BuddyPress.
I am also experiencing this problem with a very simple child theme. It is my theory that with BuddyPress 1.7 – and with now the plugin doing all of the heavy lifting of applying BuddyPress styles on top of any theme – that it doesn’t work well with Child themes, whereas, when it loads an activated child theme, it chooses to load the parent / template theme only.
I hope I’m making sense. I don’t know where to begin looking in the BuddyPress code to see where the problem is coming from – but if it could be fixed, I’d sure appreciate it. Using child themes makes the world a better place and allows us to painlessly update our parent / template themes.
Otherwise, 1.7 is leaps ahead of where BP used to be and I’m looking forward to getting it working on my site. Soon.