BP Privacy: An Update
By Jeff Sayre
This is an update on BP Privacy. I felt that it was important to communicate its current status. I also think that it is necessary to address a few who are claiming that BP Privacy is very late, for instance this statement that it is “at least 14 months late now“.
First off, whereas it is true that two-and-a-half months have passed since the initially-announced release date of the first public version of BP Privacy (version 1.0), I never promised that a public version of BP Privacy would be released before then. I had mentioned several times in the past, and in several places, that I was hoping to release a beta2, but I never set a firm date on a production-ready, public version until my above referenced post. So comments that BP Privacy is very late (as in over a year) are not valid.
Secondly, BP Privacy will be finished when it is finished. I am hoping that is soon, but the reality is that it will be released when it’s released. You get what you pay for. I am not under contract to produce BP Privacy, I am not getting paid by anyone to provide free software to the community. This is an all volunteer effort. Attempts to goad any developer into accelerating the pace at which they are offering you free software are usually unproductive.
However, having said that, I will mention that I share a couple of the concerns expressed in the BuddyPress Theme Converts post. I may elaborate on this in an upcoming article on the history of BP Privacy and the lessons learned—to be published once BP Privacy has been released.
Note: I have received a very, very modest amount of funds via people who purchased a BuddyPress Privacy Component Support Plan at the pre-launch pricing and a marginal amount of ad revenue. I have not yet used any of those funds. They remain in my PayPal account and I may very well refund them. But these funds are not donations to the development work. They are pre-paid fees that purchase a bit of my time in supporting the plugin once released or a leasing fee for real estate on the BP Privacy site.