I’ve been looking through the feature requests and there are a lot of awesome suggestions, great work everyone.
What do you think about keeping the new features for 1.3 to just one or two? The release of WordPress 3.0 is in April and I’d like to get a new version of BuddyPress released sometime soon after that. The 1.2 branch will be brought up to scratch in time for the release, but I don’t want the next version lagging behind.
I think we can knock off a couple of major requests for 1.3 – basic privacy (limit my profile to friends / followers / not in public listings) and improved XProfile field and group management. These features will be on top of WP3.0 support work and also an improved install/upgrade interface. We could then start the vote post WP3.0/BP1.3.
That also brings up another important point – the new install/upgrade interface. With this new interface I’d like to start highlighting third party themes and plugins more. So for instance in the new installation wizard there will be a final completion step that will highlight some of the most popular BuddyPress plugins. Site admins will be able to select a plugin they are interested in and perhaps even install it right there. Moving forward I strongly feel that BuddyPress should just provide the base feature set and the tools to build fantastic extensions. It’s then possible to start blurring the line between what is “core” and what is not. There’s no reason why the best component extensions can’t be given as much of the spotlight as bundled core components.
Something to think about, feedback welcome.