BP Dev-Chat Summary: September 23, 2020

First, here’s a clarification regarding the context in which this meeting took place : @im4th thought we were a week before 7.0.0-beta1 release 😆 and urge BuddyPress contributors to review the remaining tickets scheduled for the 7.0.0 milestone! We’re now (October 3rd) 2 weeks away from this beta release 😇.

Postponed features

Due to lack of time, we’ve decided to work on the following features during the 8.0.0 development cycle:

  • Attachments for BuddyPress (#8022)
  • BP Members Invitations (#8139)
  • Block based Activity post form (#8319) *
  • Activity Scheduling (#7953) *

* FYI: the BP Blocks plugin used to develop BP Blocks is also used to develop these two features. You can early play with the Block Based Activity post form and the activity scheduling feature, thanks to this plugin, on a testing site. Contributions are always welcome!

7.0.0 updates

  • BP Types UI have been included into Core. It’s now possible to manage Group & Member types from the WordPress administration. More information about it here.
  • The BP REST API now includes a new endpoint to let logged in users to create new blogs (if the network settings allow it). See this GitHub PR.

7.0.0 remaining tickets

7.0.0 BP Blocks

There will be a new block to embed an activity into a post. During the dev chat we agreed it was important to add 2 more blocks : BP Members & BP Groups blocks. See #8369. (The members one has since been built!)

Some great code improvements has been added by @espellcaste into the BP Blocks plugin. He also suggested we start having regular meetings specific to BuddyPress blocks. So here’s a poll to see if you’re interested about it.

Here are some topics we could discuss about during these specific meetings:

  • How to attract WP Block developers to have fun with BP ones?
  • How to smoothly prepare the Block Based Activity post form merge into Core so that BuddyPress Plugins developer can start working on migrating the feature they add to the legacy post form into the block based one?
  • How BuddyPress could benefit from React, WP React components + BP REST API to improve the user experience?
  • What about a “Block ready” Template pack or a BuddyPress standalone theme?

7.0.0 release schedule

  • 7.0.0-beta1: October 15 💆🏻
  • 7.0.0 : December 1st

Open floor

We’ve been discussing about how to improve the way we communicate towards contributors about features/code improvements added to upcoming BuddyPress releases. @im4th suggested to use this blog to post these kind of updates making sure to use the “Development notes” a sub-category of it for the version number. For instance you can quickly read important changes to expect in BuddyPress 7.0.0 from there: Development notes/7.0.

@IAmTheWebb asked us about how he could update some BP Codex pages. Regular contributors we trust like him can ping me @imath on WP Slack or request an access during our Core dev-chats to make this happen! We are very interested into welcoming new Documentation contributors 🙌 🤝.

Next Dev-Chat

It will happen on October 7 at 19:00 UTC and of course in #BuddyPress. If you have ideas or questions, feel free (and we are strongly encouraging you) to comment this summary to share them!

#7-0-0, #dev-chat, #summary

BP Dev-Chat Summary: September 9, 2020

BuddyPress.org redesign project

This project will now have its own development meeting every other Tuesday in #BuddyPress at 19:00 UTC. We’ll start this coming Tuesday: September 15. If you want to help us build the next BuddyPress.org‘s appearance, you are very welcome to join us.

6.3.0 maintenance release

Get ready to update your BuddyPress! We’ll publish this maintenance release early this coming Monday: September 14. An announcement post and a release note on our official site will explain the 3 fixes that will contain the 6.3.0 version of BuddyPress.

7.0.0 release cycle updates

@im4th raised attention on the #8355 ticket. We have an important decision to take about how we’re adding the bp_moderate cap to site Administrators. Me, @boonebgorges and @johnjamesjacoby have been working on this ticket recently and I believe it’s important other Core Developers give this ticket a look and eventually add their feedback to it.

@im4th also shared his decision to start working on adding the BP Types UI (Groups: #7179, Members: #7181) into BuddyPress trunk: expect to see a bunch of commits within the next 2 weeks!

@vapvarun shared his feedbacks about the @wordpress/env module we’ve added last week. He tested it using Microsoft Windows (Many thinks to him 😍 ) and find out it requires 2 other Node development dependencies:

@im4th will look for a way to include these dependencies only when BuddyPress is used on a Microsoft Windows platform.

@dcavins will post the Members Invitations updated patch next week. For 7.0.0 he plans to include the basic features making sure to have hooks at the right place to let plugin developers easily extend them.

After the dev-chat, @espellcaste wrote some updates about his latest contributions to the BP REST API and the BP WP CLI plugins:

  • BP REST API
    • He added improvements to the Travis config
    • We now have support for PHP 7.4
    • He’ll be working on the blog’s create_item endpoint soon and thinks it’ll be ready for the 7.0.0 release :doigts_croisés::couleur_de_peau-5:
  • WP CLI BP
    • He added a new command to scaffold BuddyPress tests to a plugin: wp bp scaffold tests
    • He also added improvements to the Travis config.

7.0.0 release schedule

  • 7.0.0-beta1: October 15 😬
  • 7.0.0 : December 1st

Next Dev-Chat

It will happen on September 23 at 19:00 UTC and of course in #BuddyPress. If you have ideas or questions, feel free (and we are strongly encouraging you) to comment this summary to share them!

#6-3-0, #7-0-0, #dev-chat, #summary

BP Dev-Chat Summary: August 26, 2020

7.0.0 release cycle updates

Everyone was pretty busy during the two weeks preceding this meeting. @espellcaste still have to work on the tickets/issues he shared about the BP REST API & the BP WP CLI during the previous dev-chat.

@im4th informed he decided to commit the patch about adding @wordpress/env to the BuddyPress repository (see #8317): here’s the commit message, it contains some informations about how to install and launch the BuddyPress development environment. He will write a documentation page on the BuddyPress codex. @vapvarun will copy-review this page.

About Members Invitations #8139 @dcavins will update the patch soon to rename some function and variable names according to the conversation he had with @im4th on the Trac ticket.

7.0.0 release schedule

  • 7.0.0-beta1: October 15
  • 7.0.0 : December 1st

BuddyPress.org redesign project

For this part of the dev-chat, we decided to postpone it to August 31st. With @mercime, @vapvarun & @im4th we mainly talked about organizing our development environment (WP Multisite just like the BuddyPress.org network). It is now almost ready. A GitHub repo will house both themes (parent & child) and we now have first wireframes about the main site’s pages 🙌. Here they are!

Next Dev-Chat

It will happen on September 9 at 19:00 UTC and of course in #BuddyPress. If you have ideas or questions, feel free (and we are strongly encouraging you) to comment this summary to share them!

#7-0-0, #dev-chat, #summary

BP Dev-Chat Summary: August 12, 2020

BuddyPress.org redesign project

@vapvarun shared with us about his progress on the project, he planned on start designing wireframes for BP pages, starting with the homepage, the codex landing page and the forum (support) page first. He also worked on the style guide adding a 3rd page to it, see below.

Finally we discussed about using a single repository for both theme and child theme, this is something we’ll need to have @mercime‘s opinion on (she wasn’t able to join the dev-chat).

7.0.0 release cycle updates

“Network invites”

@dcavins gave us updates about his progress on this very promising feature. He added a first patch to #8139 to get feedbacks from other members of the team about the direction he chose to take for the development of this feature. Please, just like I did: do take some time to test the patch and give him your thoughts about it. During the dev-chat I couldn’t resist to share a concern about the use of the “Network” term which I believe echoes too much to Multisite configs. I believe the extract of this comment by @dcavins on the ticket can help us use a less confusing term.

It allows site owners to use a referral system to build a community of trusted users

@dcavins

BP REST API & BP WP CLI

@espellcaste still needs to confirm Grunt will fetch the renamed BP REST default branch once it will be “main” instead of “master”. He plans to work on the create_item() method of the Blog’s endpoint (See #310). The last_activity issue has been tackled, see #342 for more information about it.

Support for Activity meta has been added to BP WP CLI and the 2.0 milestone of the plugin is almost complete: there’s only one last command to add.

BP Types Admin UI

@im4th requested feedback about the patch he added on #7181.

BP Blocks

A new block has been added to ease embedding an Activity into a post or a page. See this merged pull request for more information about it.

7.0.0 release schedule

  • 7.0.0-beta1: October 15
  • 7.0.0 : December 1st

Next Dev-Chat

It will happen on August 26 at 19:00 UTC and of course in #BuddyPress. If you have ideas or questions, feel free (and we are strongly encouraging you) to comment this summary to share them!

#7-0-0, #dev-chat, #summary

BP Dev-Chat summary: july 29, 2020

BP Types UI

We took a decision about whether to package a plugin or directly merge the Member Types and Group Types Administration UI into BuddyPress. BP Types UI will be introduced in BuddyPress 7.0.0. You can already test/review the patch about it.

6.2.0 Maintenance release

We’ve released it as scheduled on August 6. See this announcement post for more info about it.

7.0.0 release cycle updates

@boonebgorges has committed a more permanent fix than the one we included in 6.2.0 about the deprecation of WordPress options containing the black/white terms into their name and also remove these same terms from the xProfile component & moderation code (#8339). If you find some more places in our codebase where we can improve the language used for a better contributors inclusivity, don’t hesitate to add patches to the ticket.

@espellcaste requested and got a second opinion about #8011 & #8308. We then discussed about the best way to tackle the BP REST API’s #342 issue. @boonebgorges wrote a summary of what we decided into this comment.

@dcavins gave us updates about his progress on Network invites (see #8139). The new code will be added to the Members component and a new DB table will be created to handle opt-outs for non-site-members.

@im4th shared about his work on the BP Blocks’ front. A new block is now included to share posts/pages into the activity stream. It uses the Activity Block based post form. See this PR for more info about it.

7.0.0 release schedule

  • 7.0.0-beta1: October 15
  • 7.0.0 : December 1st

BuddyPress.org redesign

Unfortunately we ran out of time (@im4th ‘s fault!). @mercime & @vapvarun are doing great progress you can follow from this GANTT chart.

Next Dev-Chat

It will happen on August 12 at 19:00 UTC and of course in #BuddyPress. If you have ideas or questions, feel free (and we are strongly encouraging you) to comment this summary to share them!

#6-2-0, #7-0-0, #dev-chat, #summary

BP Dev-Chat summary: july 15, 2020

6.2.0 minor release

The main goal of this release is to prepare BuddyPress for the 5.5 WordPress upgrade expected to be published on august 11. The change that touch the plugin the most is the PHPMailer 6.0 upgrade that comes with WordPress 5.5. We’ve been working on a patch (see #8322) to support this PHPMailer upgrade and ensure backward compatibility with previous versions of WordPress (4.8 to 5.4). We agreed to test this ticket’s patch until july 22: the day when we plan to package a beta of 6.2.0 to let some time to BuddyPress plugin developers to test it before early august.

6.2.0 release schedule

  • 6.2.0-beta: july 22
  • 6.2.0 : ~ august 6

7.0.0 development cycle updates

@espellcaste has been working hard on improving the BP REST API and preparing the WP CLI 2.0 upgrade (see #8308).

@dcavins started putting the network invitations together (see #8139). One of its feature will include the possibility to invite users to join a group using their emails. Some changes will probably be needed into the BP REST API and the BP Nouveau Messages UI.

@im4th has been working on adding our block survey most voted block idea. A pull request is opened to feedbacks on the BP Blocks GitHub repository.

@IAmTheWebb informed he would test #8317. As this ticket is about providing a Docker testing environment, we’ll probably need to write a codex page to explain how to have it up and running.

7.0.0 release schedule

  • 7.0.0-beta1: October 15
  • 7.0.0 : December 1st

BuddyPress.org new design project

@mercime has been working on “sassifying” bb-base and buddypress-org themes stylesheets.

@vapvarun worked on a style guide about the project. See images below:

Homework

Unfortunately we were not able (time was over) to talk about the BP Types UI plugin, please have a look at this part of the July 1st’s Dev-Chat summary so that we can start our next meeting by this point.

Next Dev-Chat

It will happen on July 29 at 19:00 UTC and of course in #BuddyPress. If you have ideas or questions, feel free (and we are strongly encouraging you) to comment this summary to share them!

#6-2-0, #7-0-0, #dev-chat, #summary

BP Dev-Chat Summary: May 20, 2020

Results and Feedbacks about BuddyPress 6.0.0

6.0.0 was released on May 14. The first subject we’ve discussed about was checking for issues related to this release that may have been published into our support forums. @vapvarun has been very active on support forums lately and confirmed there wasn’t any topics specific to this release.

@im4th talked about statistics and more precisely about this release’s download pike. It was reached on May 15 with 28300 downloads: almost 5K more than the 5.0.0’s download pike.

@im4th congratulated all BuddyPress contributors who got involved into the 6.0.0 release and did a great work.

What we think went well during the 6.0.0 development cycle?

For @mercime we had more contributors, “Fast-and-furious commits” and we kept enough time for polyglots (2 weeks of string freeze) to let them contribute to the translation of the 6.0.0 release.

@dcavins was pleased by the activity & engagement of this release lead 😍.

@im4th was happy we could work on the priority we defined after the 5.0.0 release : work on getting more beta-testers to help us add the final touches to 6.0.0 : the BP Beta Tester plugin has been published on the WordPress.org Plugins directory and it does the job pretty well according to @dcavinsBP Beta Tester is fantastic“.

We also said we were happy:

  • We shipped BuddyPress 6.0.0 huge props to every contributor
  • We shipped the 2020 BP Survey (If you haven’t replied to it yet, do it right away!) Huge props to @mercime
  • We completed the BP REST API and updated the reference documentation. Huge props to @espellcaste and @mercime
  • We moved user profile photos & cover images from xProfile to Members, and so far: nothing broke! Self Props to @im4th 😉.
  • @mercime added: we introduced the 2 first BuddyPress blocks. Props to @karmatosed @espellcaste & @im4th
  • JavaScript translations are working!
  • We gave props to the 4 polyglots contributors who made the plugin available in French, Spanish (Costa Rica), English (UK) & Romanian as soon as the plugin was updated!

What we think should be improved during the 7.0.0 development cycle?

  • We haven’t managed to motivate Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, German, Dutch & Russian polyglots contributors. It’s really too bad BuddyPress is no fully translated into these languages.
  • We haven’t made progress on make.buddypress.org (@imath’s bad), we should try to set up this site to organize contributions and bring our development updates from this site to the BuddyPress.org network.
  • We haven’t moved any AJAX features to the BP REST API, we should try to benefit from the BP REST API (as soon as it’s possible) to improve the performance of the BuddyPress plugin.

PS: if you’d like to share your opinions about these two sections, you’re welcome to do so commenting this summary.

The 2020 BP Survey

@mercime gave us the very first learnings of this survey:

  • the majority of participants are using shared hosting and activate BuddyPress in their root WordPress sites.
  • Most are using the BP Nouveau Template pack.
  • Plugins and themes developer are testing BuddyPress with the latest stable BuddyPress release.
  • 60% of the contributors who are testing BuddyPress are using BP Beta Tester.
  • Most are checking the changelog to see what has evolved during the development cycle.

Of course these points are temporary results. We’ll be more specific as soon as the survey will be ended.

7.0.0 features wishlist

As we were running out of time @im4th suggested to publish a call for tickets on this blog, just like WordPress does on their Make WP/Core blog. We also agreed to think about it for the next 2 weeks and use our next development meeting to share our ideas. @IAmTheWebb suggested to organize a survey to “ask for feedback on features people would want“. @im4th thinks results of such survey are a bit difficult to use. We’ve experienced it for Blocks and we were not so convinced by the involvement it got. He also added he’s rather have something like “what feature do you want to contribute to for 7.0.0 release?“. We’ll test the call for tickets, it’s a good way to show how we are contributing to BuddyPress on our tool to manage the BuddyPress code source.

Next dev chat

It will happen on June 3rd at 19:00 UTC and of course in #BuddyPress. If you have ideas or questions, feel free (and we are strongly encouraging you) to comment this summary to share them!

Start picking the BuddyPress tickets, you’d like us to work on, we’ll soon publish the “BuddyPress 7.0.0 call for tickets” 😉

#6-0-0, #7-0-0, #survey

BP Dev Chat summary: April 8, 2020

BuddyPress Survey

@mercime has decided to wait for 6.0.0 final release to launch the survey. We will be able to add a link to it inside the “Hello BuddyPress 6.0.0” screen (See #8270). There will be 17 questions into the survey. If one of the team members wishes to request a new one, the deadline to make it happen is the day before the release date.

Progress about 6.0.0 release

6.0.0-beta1 was released on March 31 at 10:43 PM (WP Plugins directory’s time) : just before the end of march as announced 💪⏱. The WP Tavern wrote a great post about it and shared a very interesting feedback that has been converted to this ticket (#8271) since. The patch will soon be committed.

@johnjamesjacoby will try to find a way to get more information about future beta/RC downloads as we are always worrying to have very few feedbacks about them.

@rayisme is requesting your feedback about the 2 new exportable privacy data types, please do so adding your comment to this ticket: #8266.

He also fixed a very annoying error about a deprecated WP privacy function: it’s already available into the 5.0 branch and will be shipped during our next maintenance release. FYI: the problem is WP moved the deprecated function into a file that is only loaded into the /wp-admin context.

@im4th will package a new beta release (the second) on April 15.

BP REST API documentation update.

@im4th said he was sorry he couldn’t find the time to write some explanations about how to updated the documentation. He has since done using the Swagger UI tool. Here are the explanations (NB: in this Gist, there’s a file over the bp-custom.php one, you will also need).

Open floor

@espellcaste asked about the BP GraphQL documentation’s ticket on Meta Trac since it has not evolved for a while. 😬

@mercime has suggested to include a link to the developer.bp.org’s site inside the BuddyPress.org main menu. She wrote a ticket about it on Meta Trac. 💡👍

@im4th thanked Varun & IAmTheWebb for their very interesting contributions to the dev chat: everyone is welcome to do like them 🤝.

6.0.0 schedule & main features

  • Schedule:
    • Beta-2 April 15
    • Final release at the end of April.
  • Main Features:
    • BP REST API remaining endpoints ✅
    • BP Blocks ✅

Next dev chat

It will happen on April 22 at 19:00 UTC (a big week before final release ) and of course in #BuddyPress. If you have ideas or questions, feel free (and we are strongly encouraging you) to comment this summary to share them!

🏡 Stay safe & Happy Easter 🥚

#6-0-0, #dev-chat

BP Dev Chat Summary: March 25th, 2020

BuddyPress Survey

@mercime has prepared 17 questions for the survey. She asked about the possible GraphQL question @espellcaste suggested to add during our previous dev-chat. If Renato has ideas about it, she will be able to insert it. About the survey publication date, @im4th suggested to add a link inside the “Hello BuddyPress 6.0.0” screen. @mercime was thinking about publishing it earlier to be able to close it before 6.0.0 release. @mercime will decide what’s the best option.

Progress about 6.0.0 release

@im4th reminded the dev-chat participants, the beta was scheduled 6 days later (at this time, today at the time I’m writing this summary!). He asked if a ticket or a feature needed an extra delay to be fixed : it wasn’t the case.

@mercime and @dcavins said they will give a test to the new BuddyPress blocks that had just been added to BuddyPress core (See #8048).

@im4th shared he still needed to work on the inclusion of the BP REST API remaining endpoints into BuddyPress 6.0.0. #7156 has been committed since.

BP REST API documentation update.

Once BuddyPress 6.0.0-beta1 will be released, we’ll need to update the BP REST API reference so that the new endpoints are documented before 6.0.0 stable release.

@mercime & @dcavins volunteered to give a hand 😍. @im4th will write some explanations about how to update the documentation on the https://developer.buddypress.org site.

6.0.0 schedule & main features

  • Schedule:
    • First beta in a few hours!
    • Final release at the end of April.
  • Main Features:
    • BP REST API remaining endpoints ✅
    • BP Blocks ✅

Next dev chat

It will happen on April 8 at 19:00 UTC (a few days before first beta 🙄) and of course in #BuddyPress. If you have ideas or questions, feel free (and we are strongly encouraging you) to comment this summary to share them!

#6-0-0

BP Dev Chat Summary: March 11th, 2020

BuddyPress Survey

We’ve been discussing about adding questions about 2 topics : BuddyPress integration with e-commerce plugins and BuddyPress alternatives. We found a compromise about the second topic and @mercime will add this question:

What other networking/membership plugin/software have you considered or used?

@espellcaste suggested to add a question about BP GraphQL consideration. @im4th suggested to add this feedback to the Google doc @mercime uses to work on the survey questions.

Progress about 6.0.0 release

@im4th asked about the BP REST API complete merge into BuddyPress core now all remaining endpoints are ready. @espellcaste prefers to keep maintaining it from its GitHub repository for now.

@im4th has decided to merge the BP Blocks plugin into BuddyPress core, following @johnjamesjacoby advice to reconsider his first idea about only merging “JavaScript built” blocks. A complete merge seems a better option to make sure to generate a pot file taking in account JavaScript translations. He recently added a patch on #8048 to make this happen, feedbacks welcome.

@dcavins was a bit worried he needed more than 2 weeks to end the Network invites work. If it’s the case, he will only include a portion of the code into 6.0.0.

Finally @im4th asked for help about #7729 @rayisme has been working on during. It’s about removing the legacy BuddyBar.

6.0.0 schedule & main features

  • Schedule:
    • First beta at the end of march.
    • Final release at the end of April.
  • Main Features:
    • BP REST API remaining endpoints ✅
    • BP Blocks ✅
    • Network invitation & Membership requests 😬
    • & maybe some surprises! 😬

Next dev chat

It will happen on March 25 at 19:00 UTC (a few days before first beta 🙄) and of course in #BuddyPress. If you have ideas or questions, feel free (and we are strongly encouraging you) to comment this summary to share them!

#6-0-0