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Lost Keymaster Role

  • nextnorth



    I am helping out a friend with a website for speech therapists

    Using bbpress v. 2.6.5

    We have lost the key master role and hence cannot administrate forums, topics etc.

    I have scoured this forum for fixes, re-installed the plugin, checked plugin conflicts and tried re-assigning roles via the database but I can’t figure out how to fix.

    I am an experienced wp developer but have never seen this before. Any help would be appreciated.

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  • oasiseducon


    Have you tried creating a new user and logging in as that? Once you have a working username and password, you could bump him up to keymaster right? Then you could probably go back and fix the original.



    Unfortunately I cannot assign key master role through the user interface – it stops at moderator.

    I tried amending the database for the user using the capabilities usermeta which creates a keymaster role in the users panel but as soon as you log in with that user it reverts to participant.

    Hope this makes sense.

    Robin W


    bbPress requires at least one Keymaster, and only keymasters can set other keymasters. However bbPress does allow you to change the last keymaster to another role without warning – leaving no keymasters, and no ability to set a keymaster.

    I’ve added some code in the bug fixes tab of my style pack plugin that detects if this has happened, and allows creation of a new keymaster.

    bbp style pack

    once activated go to

    dashboard>settings>bbp style pack>bug fixes

    and you’ll see a tick box at the end.

    Once you have ticked and saved, you can deactivate and delete this plugin, but I hope you’ll find a bunch of useful things in there and keep it going 🙂

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