Community Interview with John James Jacoby on BuddyPress, bbPress, and social


Believe it or not, I have never — ever — properly interview John James Jacoby, also know as JJJ or J-trip. John is the lead developer on the BuddyPress and bbPress projects, and has been working for Automattic since November 2010. In this interview we talk about the futures of both BuddyPress and bbPress, or “the bbs”, his slew of old jobs, and something called a Faquith.

You’ve been warned.

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I don’t have time codes for you this week, but I can tell you we discussed:

  • BuddyPress 1.6
  • The new BuddyPress (and bbPress) Codex
  • When/if BuddyPress could go 100% to custom post types
  • The Automattic Social Team
  • BuddyPress on and
  • John’s choice plugins for BuddyPress (mentioned BP-Media and Privacy)
  • John’s choice bbPress plugins, included attachments and threaded replies and Javascript quotes
  • John’s old jobs, which included a shoe store and DJ at a roller rink
  • Right near the end, I mentioned he looks like Mike Krahulik, and we discussed Faquiths (like this one, sort of)

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12 thoughts on “Community Interview with John James Jacoby on BuddyPress, bbPress, and social

  1. That was informative and entertaining to listen to. Podcasts/interviews done online are usually monotone people saying “ums” and stepping over each other to talk. You two sounded chilled. Do more!.

  2. +1 that privacy in core stuff 🙂
    +1 that BuddyPress Swag Store
    +1 that teen-age Al Bundy

  3. +1 for possible codex plugin 🙂

    BuddyPress does indeed need its own Swag Store. I’m hoping it will have pajama pants, t-shirts, hats, hoodies, fluffy slippers and knee-length socks. 🙂

  4. Great interview. I enjoyed learning more about all the considerations that go into the use of custom post types, BuddyPress and and much more.

    For the new codex, have you considered combining your custom work with an existing wiki solution, e.g. the Wiki plugin from WPMUDEV, or WooThemes’ Wikeasi? I think it’d be great to join forces with some project like that in order to further push WordPress’ capabilities as a wiki-like knowledgebase.

  5. What an awesome interview. Interesting to learn that John’s job is not purely bbPress & BuddyPress (or his actual job at all for that matter)

    It’s too bad to see so little support from automattic on these projects. They have an incredible amount of potential, they just need more people hands on and more man hours.

    • Agreed! You’d think there’d be an untapped market for microcommunities of the WordPress standard. I think bbPress and BuddyPress could be great as optional plugins on

      One way it could work is there would be a certain selection of additional functionality you could have enabled at one time, e.g. a forum (bbPress), a public gallery (BP-Media) and extended profiles. To enable it all, you have to go VIP.

      A prime example of a prospective customer would be Here’s a bustling website with thousands of daily users, but due to time and money constraints, the site owners can’t take the website to the next evolutionary step of social gatherings online.

      With some solid importers and fair (i.e. justified – bandwidth, DB queries and size limitations are all understandable and fairly quantifiable justifications for limiting certain functionality) restrictions, I think could easily capture another 5% of the web.

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