the permalinks issue – another way to look at it
I just watched this short clip of JJJ on wordpress.tv talking about the permalinks issue:
that the developers are facing for both bbPress (http://bbpress.org/forums/topic/any-way-to-eliminate-redundancyweirdness-in-permalinks-i-e-forumsforum) and BuddyPress. As JJJ explains, a mistake early on in the dev has ‘painted them in a corner’ and now the way out is complicated because as they try to fix this, they have to consider how that fix will affect the many already existing buddypress sites out there.
I totally understand their care and concern about existing sites and the conflicts that may occur if a solution is not implemented correctly.
But what seems to be missing is an equal amount of concern for those people who have yet to deploy a BuddyPress or bbPress and are only given a choice of using what is currently available (the hobbled together mess). Since the relevant ticket has been officially opened on trac, this group has been waiting for a long time with no foreseeable solution on the horizon.
So I’d like to suggest a potential third way out of this:
Put out a version of buddypress that does not concern itself with backward compatibility for those who do not have an existing install (so it is NOT an upgrade) but who want to do fresh installs and create new websites and communities.
Pushing out a solution for them would be much simpler because you would not need to accommodate all manners of backwards compatibility isses. And this ticket of going on 12 months would be closed (sort of):
And for those who are on the upgrade path, the devs can continue to work on a fix that would accomodate them.
This approach would allow for both camps to be happy. In contrast, what’s happening now is that the already deployed buddypresses out there are in effect hampering this feature for those who have not yet deployed buddypress and are going to in the future (fresh new communities).
I hope my idea was expressed clearly. If not, let me know and I’ll see if I can give it another crack.
Does that make sense? what do you think?
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