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Re: BP Album vs BP Gallery



@Brajesh Singh – Thank you for joining the discussion. The first thing I want you to know is that I’m not criticizing *you* I’m criticizing *the situation*. From what I’ve heard of you, you’re a very skilled developer, and getting as much software written as quickly as you have is an impressive achievement.

Look guys, here are the issues:

Up until 3 days ago, there was only one working photo plugin for BuddyPress: BP Gallery. It was a paid plugin, and I think we can all agree it was having some development challenges.

Running down the list and calling them out point-by-point was definitely mean; but I didn’t say anything that wasn’t true.

I want to make it clear that I am NOT saying Brajesh is a bad developer – he’s probably an excellent developer; in fact, the problems that have happened with BP Gallery eventually happen to virtually *every* major plugin developed by a one-man operation.

That’s why BuddyPress needs a community-developed photo album plugin that doesn’t depend on just one contributor.

We build it as a team, each put our best effort into it, and make something that’s really, really good.

If Brajesh, or any other developer, would like to contribute code and ideas to the project, they are welcome and encouraged. This is not about proving that X is a better developer than Y or any of that nonsense. This is about getting the best possible BP photo application built as quickly as possible, and ensuring it runs securely and reliably for a long time to come.

@Bowe – Point taken, and I’ll try to be nicer in the future. I am not attacking Brajesh’s efforts or contributions to the community. He has earned his place. I’m saying that if the community needs a BP Photo plugin, then working together as a team to build it is a lot better than relying on the efforts of a single developer; especially one with a lot of other projects on the go.

@gregfielding – Also, another thing to consider is that if lots of users want to switch back and forth between plugins, we could probably write a function that imports data from BP Gallery … or *exports* data *to* it.

It’s all about what the users want.


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