Re: bbPress v1’s eventual release
WordPress is planning on implementing a labeling system to identify “canonical” plugins. I believe the rating of these will be community driven. It’s early days on that one, but I think a user driven approach would be the only legitimate way to go.
Thanks for the MySQL query testing above. I’ll look into what’s possible without bloating the cache objects.
People might be interested to know that in Automattic’s mix of bbPress usage we use no external object cacheing (like memcached) or page caching. This is with both 0.9 and 1.0 versions.