Re: customized input for extended profile field
Hey sorry I missed the follow up to this. In a word, I ended up hacking the progpress plugin for WP (http://jasonpenney.net/wordpress-plugins/progpress/). I added a filter for the buddypress xtended profile that I named Goals and it showed up like a champ on the profile pages.
I then made some edits to my theme, which is more of a hack, but now progress meters show up anywhere the member loop is used, and next to the user avatar in the profile page. That said, I wanted to take it one step further and improve the ui (you basically have to load in an html comment that the plugin filters for with a regular expression). I don’t know how to do that in buddy press, but if anyone knows how to modify the UI for the extended profile such that I could take a few different form elements and concatenate them on the WAY to the db, I’d finish off my little hacking and send it back to the plugin developer to see if he liked my extensions.