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'empty' group members

  • Mark


    wpmu 2.8.4a, bp 1.1.1

    You can see at the link below that I have a public group with 12 members but 5 of them are non-existent (just placeholders). I’m not missing any members. The placeholders are extra.

    Of note, one user reported that she self joined but she didn’t appear as a group member. Since the ‘join group’ button was still available she reselected it . She was then successful in joining the group. I thought nothing of it until noticing the empty members a day later.

    Is this a known issue (empty group members)? Is the only way to remove them through the database? or would ‘kicking and banning’ be an OK option? I haven’t tried kicking and banning yet as I didn’t know what problems might arise from kicking and banning a non-existent member.

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  • Not seen that before. Very odd. Could you run through so we can check the basics?



    @DJPaul, thanks for the feedback and the info you offer. My basics:

    1. wpmu 2.8.4a

    2. subdomain

    3. n/a

    4. upgraded WPMU regularly since 2.7

    5. Was WPMU functioning properly before installing/upgrading BuddyPress? yes

    6. BP 1.1.1

    7. Did you upgraded from a previous version of BP? last week when the current version was released.

    8. Do you have any plugins other than BuddyPress installed and activated? Yes, 2 were activated on the main admin when and since this has occured:

    a. Group Forum Subscription for BuddyPress

    b. BP Groupblog

    In mu-plugins directory:





    9. Are you using the standard BuddyPress themes or customized themes? Standard

    10. Have you modified the core files in any way? No

    11. Do you have any custom functions in bp-custom.php? No

    12. If running bbPress, which version? Or did your BuddyPress install come with a copy of bbPress built-in? Using built-in bbPress

    13. The errors that occurred during the period these member place holders ’empty’ were created are at the link. The IDs # were different. With bp-groupblog activated this error is generated any time any group is visited (the group doesn’t need to have a groupblog). Prior to this ‘event’, Groupblogs were activated when members joined other groups without any ’empty’ members being added to the group:

    Some blogs (not home blog) have feedwordpress plugin activated. It’s use generates errors/warnings. The ‘Failed to fetch’ started yesterday and the plugin is no longer functioning. Neither of these errors are logged around the time the ’empty’ members were added to groups:

    [20-Oct-2009 17:15:32] PHP Warning: Illegal offset type in /home/xxxx/public_html/wp-includes/rss.php on line 1459

    [20-Oct-2009 17:34:20] MagpieRSS: Failed to fetch (HTTP Error: <url> malforme)

    If you make a new group and join user(s) into it, does this problem reoccur? If it does, try to deactivate all plugins other than BuddyPress and make a new group and try again. If it doesn’t reoccur, then it’s a conflict with a plugin.

    I have read recently of problems with feedwordpress + BuddyPress, so there’s an incompatibility somewhere (if indeed feedwordpress works with WPMU).

    I’m inclined to thing this is a problem from the Groupblogs plugin, but let me know what happens when you test the above.

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