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[REQUEST] Fix BuddyPress’s Gravitational Orbit.

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    Michael Ecklund


    WordPress should be the center of attention with the BuddyPress plugin. That being said: BuddyPress, would you quit reinventing the wheel and start using more built-in WordPress functionality?

    Most of which you are creating could be stored in the database in a fashion that’s suitable for WordPress.

    – Get with the times.
    – Become more cutting edge.
    – Start using more Custom Data for database activity.

    Custom Post Types, Custom Taxonomies and Terms, and Post Meta / Custom Fields.

    There is absolutely no reason you shouldn’t already be using Custom Data for database activity. After all, this is a WORDPRESS PLUGIN, isn’t it?

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    Toby Cryns


    @michaelecklund – This is an open-source, community-driven project. Please feel free to submit patches!

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    Michael Ecklund


    This is the “Requests & Feedback” section isn’t it? Well, that is my request.

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    Paul Gibbs


    If we had a time machine to go back to 2007/08, and build BuddyPress using custom post types and custom taxonomies — which weren’t usable until 2010 — we probably would.

    The core team talk regularly about how BuddyPress stores data and we may move to using post types or taxonomies in the future. We’ve also directly solicited feedback from the community about this issue in the past, so be sure to check out

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    John James Jacoby


    @michaelecklund BuddyPress is built with the intentions of scaling into millions of users, something individual WordPress sites were not originally intended to handle. Shoving everything into a WordPress post type/taxonomy is not the answer, and does not solve any immediate problems.

    Square pegs, round holes, and all that.

    Thanks for the feedback.

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