- See previously BP Dev Chat summary (October 2)
- In attendance: @espellcaste @im4th & @johnjamesjacoby
- Slack archive
The Dev Chat started 20 minutes late: we’re not completely used to the new meeting time (NB: 18:00 UTC every other wednesday)
The BuddyPress Blocks poll
@im4th posted the poll on this site and into a topic of the BuddyPress forums on October 10. After 6 days, the community participation is very week. It’s difficult to figure out what are people expectations. Here are the “top blocks” :
- A block to share a post or a page via the Activity Stream (14 votes)
- A block to list the recently published posts from across your network (Exists as a widget) (13 votes)
- A block to dynamicaly list the recently active, popular, newest, or alphabetical groups (Exists as a widget) (11 votes)
- A block to display Sitewide Notices posted by the site administrator (Exists as a widget) (11 votes)
The least we can say is there doesn’t seem to be a great enthousiasm for BuddyPress Blocks… As JJJ said maybe “the concept of BuddyPress blocks is not an easy one”.
How can we improve the way users get help?
I believe, in general, the more activity there is from BuddyPress maintainers on the site, the more that others are likely to engage with us and each other.
So the first thing we can do is to try to contribute ourselves to forum replies as much as we can. Then here are the other ideas we had :
- A styling refresh of the homepage and forums area.
- Add some self care content. Eg: the replies to common issues users may encounter when starting with BuddyPress.
- Moving the “bpdevel site” (this site) to a new
make.BuddyPress.orgsite might help to bring some new contributors to forums. (@im4th announced he will soon share the work he has been doing about this project).
Let’s organize a BuddySesh!
To follow up the nice discussion @im4th had with David Bisset (@dimensionmedia) we’ve been briefly talking about this possible way of gathering BuddyPress contributors from all around the world for a day of conferences / chats. We’ll come back on the subject with David once the WordCamp US is behind us as he’s pretty busy contributing to its Programming team.
BuddyPress Beta Tester plugin (& 5.1.0 minor release)
The GitHub repository for the BuddyPress Beta Tester plugin has been published. According to @im4th‘s tests, it’s working fine. To test it with a real Beta Version, @im4th suggested to soon package a 5.1.0-beta. We’ll need to publish it on the WordPress.org official directory once we feel it’s ready.
BP REST API
- The Signups endpoint (PR #231)
- The Group Cover endpoint (PR #229)
- The Friends component endpoint (PR #242)
BuddyPress Survey for 2019
PS: if you have ideas or questions, feel free (and we are strongly encouraging you) to comment this summary to share them!