This summary includes pertinent developer conversations in Slack before and right after the official chat time last week.
Email API and customisation features (#6592) Three hours before dev chat, @boonebgorges and @djpaulgibbs had a long and interesting discussion about the new Email API. Topics covered: standardizing verbs for method names, choosing taxonomy for Email Types to give admins the option of implementing multiple templates, among others. Latest: @djpaulgibbs has since updated the `amazing-emails` branch at https://github.com/paulgibbs/buddypress/
XProfile field database schema (#6350) @johnjamesjacoby will be writing down his vision for improving the xProfile tables.
Groups: Add Profile Fields and Profile Field Groups (#6783) From an enhancement for the Groups component, @im4th has proposed a change in direction to making this a generic component which would work for any object (Members, Groups, and Blogs) in ticket. @im4th consulted with @johnjamesjacoby about the best way forward.
Comment syncing between activity and post comments for Custom Post Types (#6482) @imath and @rayisme deliberated and agreed on adding `bp_activity_type_supports()` which works similar to WP’s `post_type_supports()` function. This would provide some flexibility if/when more features are added to BP activity types in the future.
A lively brainstorming session arose from a proposal by @johnjamesjacoby to replace the old “social network” association used for the past 8 years. There were slogans, taglines, and observations shared during and even after the chat:
• If we’re going to change it, can we think of it more as a strategic/goal/mission statement—more than just a tag line? ~@dcavins
• Social network” and “in a box” are both icky. Something having to do with “community” is better than “social network”. As for “in a box”, it glosses over the developer-focused flexibility of BP, which IMO is one of its strong points. ~ @boonebgorges
• It (“BP as a platform”) seems technically accurate, and speaks to the breadth of purpose, and I think it’s meaningful to a non-technical audience. I think we have two audiences – network builders and developers – so maybe our branding should have two parts too ~ @boonebgorges
• BuddyPress. Go Social. Build Communities. Create Networks. ~ @mercime
• Enabling Community Platforms ~ @hnla
• Building Blocks for your Community ~ @jjj
• Community toolbox ~ @karmatosed
• Community components you can put together in a very easy and funny way ~@im4th
• A suite of social components for building communities ~ @pollyplummer
• BuddyPress. A developer/professional platform that can scale up to millions of users. ~ @mercime
• BuddyPress: Create your own community space ~ @rayisme
• You have the users, BuddyPress (has) the building blocks to kit out your community to the fullest ~@netweb
• BuddyPress, an online community building kit ~ @robkk
• Fun & flexible software for online communities, teams, and groups.
BuddyPress helps you build any type of community website using WordPress, with member profiles, activity streams, user groups, messaging, and more.
New BudddyPress.org Theme
@johnjamesjacoby noted that the “theme needs a complete revamp and redesign to make it more attractive. I would like for BuddyPress & bbPress to be powered by the same theme, so that they are effectively co-branded as such.” Someone’s going to be tapped to work on the new theme.
Slack log: https://wordpress.slack.com/archives/buddypress/p1453320187003820