BuddyPress 1.9 dev cycle plans

[Thanks to Trisha for helping to compile these notes!]

After the BuddyPress dev chat on July 31, we’ve got some tentative plans for the 1.9 scope and timeline.

For the 1.8 dev cycle, our experiment with a short timeline and strict deadlines was, by most measures, a big success. We’ve had very few bug reports related to changes in 1.8, and the speed of the cycle meant that nothing sat unused in trunk for too long. We’re hoping to replicate this success by taking a similar approach for BuddyPress 1.9.


We settled on roughly the following major feature set for the 1.9 release. I’ve listed appropriate ticket numbers, along with those who’ve committed to the tasks (though, as always, more participation is very welcome).

  • New template pack (@karmatosed and others; see #4952). This work was begun during the previous release cycle, and we think we’re in a good position for this to be the main user-facing improvement in 1.9.
  • Move user ‘last_activity’ out of wp_usermeta. (@boonebgorges; see #5128)
  • Better two-way sync of activity comments with sources like forum replies and blog comments (@r-a-y and @paulgibbs; see #1419)
  • Migrating to the WP Rewrite API (@johnjamesjacoby; see #4954)
  • Custom Post Type enhancements: better activity stream integration, and better dashboard support for that integration (@trishasalas and @boonebgorges; see #3460)
  • Codex cleanup and refresh (@mercime and @hnla)


  • August 1, 2013 – 1.9 development cycle begins
  • September 26, 2013 – End of new development for 1.9. Beyond this date, nothing gets committed that is not either a bug in a new feature, or a regression from 1.8.x. Any major features from the list above that are not commit-ready by this date will be bumped. Note – The period between Aug 1 and Sep 26 is eight weeks, two weeks longer than the corresponding part of our 1.8 cycle. We’re hopeful that this extra two weeks will give us more time to wrap up big features, and perhaps to focus more specifically on scrubbing old bugs.
  • October 1ish, 2013 – 1.9-beta1. We’ll release the first beta as soon as the cleanup from the dev period has taken place.
  • November 7, 2013 – BuddyPress 1.9 release