Re: The BuddyPress UI Design and conceptual approach to Social Networking
BuddyPress might very well be used first and foremost as a forum by those of us who want WordPress+bbPress without any fuzz (because BuddyPress delivers).
But BP isn’t a forum. Just use bbPress if you want a forum; it’s less overhead as well. Plus you get access to all the existing plugins without needing to tweak them for BP.
FYI, there are signs that bbPress is coming back to life.
To some extent, I agree with Peter (but not his tone!). We should be taking advantage of the existing activity stream coupled with some activitymeta (title, tags). I think this could potentially be used as a very nice “forum alternative”; we also wouldn’t have to worry about forking discussions from the activity stream. Also, I think this new enhanced activity stream should only be used for groups. Just a thought.
I’ll see if I can get a proof of concept going.
Btw, @peterverkooijen – I’m not sugarcoating anything; I understand the rationale used for incorporating bbPress up to version 1.1. I definitely don’t believe it’s a “parasite” like you do.