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Welcome to the new BuddyPress.org

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    John James Jacoby
    Keymaster

    @johnjamesjacoby

    Since 2008, BuddyPress.org has gone through several different transformations. What started as a simple support forum for the software evolved into us experimenting with BuddyPress to fit some of its functionality into our existing community.

    Well… y’all spoke, and we listened.

    The vast majority of the feedback we’ve received was that the site had become too complicated, too slow, and too difficult to navigate and use. Frankly, we agree, so we’ve been iterating on bbPress and BuddyPress to forge them both into easier to use, easier to understand pieces of software.

    Last night we converted the +145k posts into using bbPress 2. We’re also currently running the development versions of bbPress and BuddyPress, to help kick the tires and make sure the next major versions are as solid and stable as we can make them be.

    Taking inspiration from the recently updated bbPress.org, we’ve stripped BuddyPress.org back down to the foundation of being a dedicated support forum for the project proper. Also… forum search is back, and our moderation team finally has the tools it’s been waiting for to manage community content.

    About 2 years ago, we introduced the idea of Plugin Groups. They were a fun experiment, but ended up fragmenting the support experience away from WordPress.org. Because of this, and because so much work is going into the WordPress.org forums, we’ve decided to sunset our implementation here.

    If you’re a plugin author, your old group forum and its content is still available. None of the data has been deleted or lost, we’ve just turned the group functionality off, and hope that you’ll lean towards using the official WordPress.org support forums for your plugins going forward.

    There are a few todo’s:

    Polish up user profiles.
    Figure out what to do with activity streams.
    Update the codex.
    Update the i18n sites.
    Update pages with missing content.

    The todo’s are easy to knock-out, I just ran out of time to get them finished by the morning. Thanks everyone for your patience, and I hope the new setup is easier to use for everyone.

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    Hugo Ashmore
    Moderator

    @hnla

    Great job, feeling pretty good so far. Think this will improve the user experience no end.

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    Roger Coathup
    Participant

    @rogercoathup

    Great to have usable forums.

    Picture of a buddypress.org profile and not wordpress.org on the landing page would help.

    p.s. lots of broken links in Google to the old group forums / pages

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    Radmacdaddy
    Participant

    @radmacdaddy

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    Roger Coathup
    Participant

    @rogercoathup

    I suggest putting search box at top of left column, and removing the tag cloud (just clutter) — perhaps someone will say they’ve ever used it?

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    Radmacdaddy
    Participant

    @radmacdaddy

    Now I see, it is within each category. I recall this being confusing on the old site too. There should be a sitewide search, then the user can hone it down in a more detailed search option. This is standard all over the web, doing it differently simply causes confusion unless done very cleverly and even more clearly. IMHO

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    John James Jacoby
    Keymaster

    @johnjamesjacoby

    Noted. I’ll tune it more this week. I just improved the group-forum redirects, so most old URL’s should bounce to the new ones.

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    Tammie Lister
    Moderator

    @karmatosed

    Yay great work. Love the easier to use forums.

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    darrenmeehan
    Participant

    @darrenmeehan

    Site is looking awesome now, and a lot cleaner. Should definitely allow people to find what they’re after a lot quicker. Will there be problems with people posting here for help with plugins when they should be posting on wordpress.org?

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    John James Jacoby
    Keymaster

    @johnjamesjacoby

    Will there be problems with people posting here for help with plugins when they should be posting on wordpress.org

    If there’s a better place to post something, we’ll likely move it or redirect you to ask again in the other place. It happens all the time anyways, and now moving content around is easier, so should be fine. Mistakes happen.

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    modemlooper
    Moderator

    @modemlooper

    Cant navigate past first page. Pagination links are broken

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    @mercime
    Moderator

    @mercime

    Wow. Talk about productivity within a few hours. Do you ever sleep, JJJ?

    🙂

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    peterjhead
    Participant

    @peterjhead

    Pagination links are broken! Can’t navigate past the first page.

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    peterjhead
    Participant

    @peterjhead

    I hope I am not out of line in saying this but running development versions on a support forum is not a good idea. I am new here and I can’t even get past the first page. Please help because I am lost!

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    fitnessblogger
    Participant

    @fitnessblogger

    New site looks great…

    It looks like it will be easy for me to ask lots of Newbie BuddyPress Questions now!!!

    Kind Regards

    James

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    John James Jacoby
    Keymaster

    @johnjamesjacoby

    Pagination fixed.

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    Toby Cryns
    Participant

    @themightymo

    Looking good, JJJ! Thanks for your (and other contributors’) continued nights and weekends in pushing this project forward!

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    John James Jacoby
    Keymaster

    @johnjamesjacoby

    Thanks for the kind words.

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    mojer
    Participant

    @ibnusaheed

    Nice move JJJ. It is really needed!

    Earlier, most of the bp plugins dev. give support only at BuddyPress group. But most of the users who installed buddypress based plugin look for support on WordPress.org forums only, not here. So this arouse confusion and that is not good for the WordPress community at all.

    Another thing to be appreciated is that when I clicked on plugins link at plugins section, it directs to the WordPress.org. That is great! So no dev. will direct their users to this site to download their plugin but to WordPress.

    Keep on rocking mates… Looking forward for 1.7 release 🙂

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    OC2PS
    Participant

    @sooskriszta

    Super awesome, @johnjamesjacoby , especially shifting plugin support to wordpress.org

    Bask in the glory for a couple of days, and then we’ll dream of getting 1.7 before Christmas 🙂

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    OC2PS
    Participant

    @sooskriszta

    P.S. Regarding internationalization, might make sense to have a big fat link in main menu to https://translate.wordpress.org/projects/buddypress/dev

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    Roger Coathup
    Participant

    @rogercoathup

    Editor is stripping tags on submit:

    e.g. Adding an ordered list (using ol icon in editor visual bar) for the following:

    Bullet one
    Bullet two

    They show as an ordered list during editing, but it’s stripped on submit.

     

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    Radmacdaddy
    Participant

    @radmacdaddy

    Definitely improved… don’t forget the emoticon! 😉

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    faospark
    Participant

    @faospark

    I like the new over feel of the site. Great Job guys 🙂

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    peterjhead
    Participant

    @peterjhead

    New site is awesome. Just one small request if possible. Is there a way you can put a direct download link on the plugins page so you do not have to click into its details in order to download the plugin, like a download it now kinda link? I hope you understand what I mean. It would be a huge time saver and would probably put less load on the servers. Anyway I am a newbie but I just thought I would share the idea and see if it was feasible.

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    Sven Lehnert
    Participant

    @svenl77

    Just saw the new BuddyPress site, awesome!! that’s where we all have dreamed about, looks like a new home, I will hang out more often again 😉

    thanks to all making this happen

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