Welcome to the new BuddyPress.org
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 ourÂ implementationÂ 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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