You probably know by now that Release Candidate 3 has been released for WordPress 3.1. Andrew Nacin announced the release on the WordPress.org blog on January 22nd.
Unfortunately, RC3 brought some bad news: the abandonment of the AJAX list tables. Nacin said they will come back in a later version, but “in a form that is properly and fully implemented.” Fortunately, column sorting is still going to be implemented, just not in the sexy Ajaxified way. This change means that RC3 is significantly different than RC2, and users and developers are encouraged to test as much as possible.
Nacin and others had a WordPress meetup in Washington DC to test, but now would be a good time to do your own testing as well. If you think you find a bug, report it to the alpha / beta forum, the WordPress testers mailing list, or in a ticket on trac.
In light of the many recent changes, and my previously awful guessing as to when 3.1 will launch, we thought it would be fun to start a little pool to guess the 3.1 release date. And because we are in such a giving mood, the closest guess will get their choice of one item in the WordPress swag store.
Feel free to guess the week, day, hour, or minute. The most accurate guess will win the prize. I’m going to make my guess Valentine’s Day, February 14th, at 11:11 a.m. Eastern standard time. You better beat me because I probably won’t look very good in a onesie, even if it bears a WordPress logo.