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An Open Queston About bbpress

  • After a couple of weeks testing bbpress and several other forum solutions, we are really hesitating in running bbpress as our forum.

    From what we see the bbpress plugin, while not as feature-rich as stand-alone bulletin boards like vbulletin, phpbb or xenForo, does one thing outstandingly well, which is the integration into wordpress.

    For that reason alone, it would be worth giving it a try.

    Unfortunately – and here comes our biggest issue – it looks like the bbpress plugin is currently not given full (or any) attention from WordPress.

    My question is very simple:

    How many developers / coders are writing code of the bbpress plugin currently ?

    Is @johnjamesjacoby the only one?

    Is there anybody else “officially assigned/paid by wordpress” to work on the bbpress plugin and documentation or/and support ?

    John is doing an excellent job, on all his help he gives especially in the bbpress forum. But since the community is small and John is also working on the buddypress project, we are really worried to put our eggs in a “one-man-show plugin” basket.

    Please tell me that I got this wrong and that there are at least several people currently working on the bbpress plugin and documentation.

    Would be great if anybody could shed some light on this.

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  • John James Jacoby


    I’m surprised this hasn’t been asked sooner, but it’s a great bunch of questions with some good points. I’ll do my best to address them, and feel free to keep the conversation going if there are more questions.

    I’m going to start off with a clarifying and important point that’s often difficult to distinguish if you’re not involved directly in the WordPress community. My full-time job is at a company called Automattic, most popularly known for operating That takes up a typical 40 hour work-week.

    My contributions to open-source projects like WordPress, BuddyPress, bbPress, are done in my free-time. I believe enough in the platforms to actively continue their development.

    So the answer to your question; “WordPress” doesn’t pay anyone a salary.

    Yes, I am currently leading the development of both BuddyPress and bbPress. My responsibilities include setting the roadmaps, shepherding development, and making sure the .org sites stay updated and operational. Yes, there’s a lot of responsibility there, and I appreciate that you think I’m doing a good job. :)

    Consider also that bbPress has always been a bit of a hobby project. As a sister project to WordPress, and by nature of it being a support forum to the flagship project, it’s never been the focal point but is still critically important, since millions of people interact with it without ever knowing what it is.

    BuddyPress and bbPress were both around for a number of years before I worked my way up to leading both projects. BuddyPress has two other consistent core committers that are doing a great job, and bbPress is the best opportunity for any developer to step in and get core-commit to help determine the direction of the project. It’s very much a meritocracy, so anyone that comes along and starts contributing will get noticed for it.

    Even though I tend to do the majority of code commits, rest assured that there are plenty more eyes on the code than just mine and neither project is in any danger of losing momentum or being phased out. Automattic as a company loves both BuddyPress and bbPress, and the WordPress Foundation and community are both committed to supporting them for far into the future.

    I am glad to read this.

    I too have been looking to replace my phpbb board and integrate my existing forum with WordPress.

    I’m concerned with the slow speed of responses and development on bbpress.

    I know the developers are all doing this voluntarily and in their spare time. There are no guarantees in life and so even though people and companies may say they are committed to something, it doesn’t mean its forever as things change so rapidly in this world. We just have to move forward in faith and hope that things improve.

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