Jennifer M. Dodd joins the bbPress commit team

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Photo credit: Jennifer Dodd

Photo credit: Jennifer Dodd

Jennifer M. Dodd joined the bbPress core commit team this week after contributing to the project since the plugin version of bbPress was introduced. bbPress lead John James Jacoby said, “Her ability to iterate and improve on core patches, her outstanding communication skills, and her knowledge of the codebase, make her a great addition to the bbPress team.”

Dodd blogs about WordPress at UncommonContent.com, and you can find a list of her (WordPress/bbPress/BuddyPress) plugins there too.

In the blog post announcing Dodd’s commit team status Jacoby said her first tasks for bbPress 2.3 will be focused on full forum searching. Her first commit after the announcement can be seen here.

Side note: has it really been more than a year since bbPress 2.0 became final? Holy. Wow.

bbPress version 2.2 now available for download

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If you’ve visited your WordPress update screen recently you’ve likely noticed that the latest point release of the bbPress plugin has been released. The fresh release brings “What’s New” and “Credits” pages, compatibility with the yet-in-beta WordPress 3.5 and BuddyPress 1.7, and improvements to theme compatibility and user roles and capabilities. 69 features and bug fixes in total made it into this release.

The bbPress Trac is the place to go if you’d like to dig into any of the specific tickets tied to this version.

As project lead JJJ points out in the release post, this marks the third major release for bbPress since it became a plugin. Speaking of which, how many forums have you established using bbPress as a plugin? Does anyone still use the old standalone version of bbPress anywhere?

bbPress 2.1 Release Candidate 1 is ready for your once-over

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Attention bbPress users: bbPress 2.1 Release Candidate 1 is now ready for your perusal. Release candidates are the last step between a new version and and the final release. While there’s still a good chance we’ll see an RC2 before the final version, this could very well be the last chance to give bbPress a once-over before the next major release.

Now, I’ll admit to not currently being an expert in what bbPress 2.1 will bring us. However, based on a cursory look over the enhancements marked for 2.1 in the bbPress trac I can say it looks like these features will be dropping soon:

  • the ability to modify sticky attribute from the dashboard,
  • bbp_forum_class, bbp_topic_class, and bbp_reply_class are pluggable,
  • comment moderation using existing discussion settings is possible,
  • enhanced theme compatabilitiy,
  • oEmbed integration,
  • more hookable areas pretty much everywhere,
  • topic and reply edits are run through Akismet as well,
  • the bbPress Twenty Ten theme files are now table-less, and
  • wp_editor is in use.

There are others, of course, but those stood out to me as I skimmed the list. That’s not to mention a whole collection of bugs that have been cleaned up too.

By the way, I’m working on a roundup of plugins made for bbPress, similar to what I did for P2 last week. If you have a bbPress plugin that I should be sure not to forget, drop a reminder for it in the comments below.

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

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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.

See the various listening options below, or have a listen straight away (The interview is approximately one hour long.):

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BuddyPress and bbPress Codexes see big updates

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Last weekend, when everyone else was taking a break, John James Jacoby took the time out to refresh the BuddyPress Codex along with creating the new bbPress Codex too. Both are running on WordPress.

In the announcement made on the BuddyPress.org blog Jacoby said:

You may not know it but we’ve had a codex here at BuddyPress.org since the early days. It’s mostly made life really difficult and forced everyone into the forums or to other sites for help. Today, I’m really happy to report that the core team has spent some time this weekend to finally refresh the BuddyPress Codex.

No official announcement was posted on the bbPress blog, but it was mentioned on Twitter.

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Attention forum lovers: bbPress 2.0 final is now available

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Early this morning John James Jacoby announced the availability of the final version of the bbPress plugin, lovingly known as bbPress 2.0. The plugin is available on the WordPress.org Plugin Directory, and is the collective work of over thirty code contributors. Just don’t forget to give the plugin a fair rating after you try it out.

Just in case you’ve been under a rock, or perhaps forgotten just what makes bbPress cool, listen to Jacoby break it down:

Simply by activating bbPress 2.0, any standard WordPress theme is suddenly capable of having support forums, user profiles, topic tags, and custom topic views. Your users are able to mark topics as favorites to read them later, and can subscribe to be notified via email to topic replies, so they never miss out on the conversation.

The final release includes Akismet and BuddyPress support built-in, and will support either one right out of the box.

Be sure to visit the bbPress 2.0 launch post to see the full list of props for the final release, which I’m proud to say includes a handful of WPCandy contributors. If you’d like to reminisce a bit, check out the bbPress tag we maintain to see how far the project has come in the last year.

Now that bbPress is out you really have no excuse not to give it a run. Once you’ve given it a try, stop by in the comments below and share your experience.

bbPress plugin 2.0 RC 5 is available, because you know you wanted another one

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bbPress lead developer John James Jacoby has announced the release of the fifth release candidate of bbPress 2.0, the long-time-coming reimagining of bbPress as a WordPress plugin. Release candidates are typically released just before the final public version of a plugin is available, and bbPress has been in this stage for the last few months.

With the latest update, Jacoby explained, theme and BuddyPress compatibility fixes were introduced as well as improvements to email subscription and the API for developers. Jacoby also said “We’re pretty confident this is the final release-candidate before launch,” which should be exciting to those who have been waiting for the final public release.

For those waiting on bbPress but not using it yet — why not? We’re using it on the WPCandy Forum, and really couldn’t be happier with it.

bbPress RC 4 is ready to be pressed by your hands

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John James Jacoby has been a busy guy today. After the BuddyPress beta announcement earlier he published the announcement that bbPress RC 4 is now available. Why RC 4 already? According to Jacoby the last few release candidates have been put out without mention due to a high amount of feedback on the plugin.

bbPress now has tighter integration with Multisite, BuddyPress and Akismet. There’s also an updated green admin color scheme added as an option alongside the standard gray and blue admin color schemes.

You can grab the bbPress plugin from the WordPress.org directory. Are you using bbPress yet? How do you like the newly added green color scheme?

bbPress Release Candidate delayed for more beta feedback

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The bbPress plugin is currently in a public beta (its third). The next release of bbPress, most likely to be a Release Candidate, is being delayed in order to pull in more user feedback on the current working version. Specifically, project lead John James Jacoby is looking for feedback on a few key features of the plugin:

  • Page templates (naming, approach, etc.)
  • Multisite user behavior
  • Search behavior
  • Plugin settings

You folks are great at leaving feedback and sharing your thoughts, so why not go join in on the fun in this thread on bbPress.org? Many of you have given the new bbPress plugin a go since its beta release, and even many-er of you have participated in some basic end-user testing by joining in on the WPCandy forum (running bbPress, of course).

The new bbPress plugin, by the way, has now been downloaded over 16,000 times. Are you one of those? If you have a public instance of bbPress running on one of your sites, drop it in the comments so we can see it.