BP Privacy v1.0-RC1 is now available!
By Jeff Sayre
Please read Important Notice section below.
After much debate, I decided to place BP Privacy in the WordPress Plugin Repository as that is the easiest place for the community to access it. Placing it elsewhere might result in it being quickly forgotten.
Please be advised that as of this post and release, I am no longer developing or supporting this plugin. Therefore, with this release ends my BuddyPress Privacy journey. BP Privacy is now in the hands of the community. It is up to someone, or preferably a team of developers, to fork BP Privacy, reshape it to their vision, and help it grow to meet the community’s needs.
This means that if you have issues with the plugin your only recourse is to read the BuddyPress Privacy Manual (start with the Site Administrator’s Guide section) or hire a developer. I am not for hire so please do not contact me. Also, I will not be answering any emails about BP Privacy, including requests for suggestions on competent developers to hire. Please use the BuddyPress Support forums instead.
August 8, 2012
Even after releasing this 3rd-party candidate BuddyPress component 18 months ago, I still receive one to two requests per week for support with this plugin or asking me to update it. In many places including the plugin’s repository page and within the plugin’s readme.txt file I was very clear and explicit providing the following notification:
This plugin is a release candidate version to be used only in a development sandbox and not in a production environment. Use at your own risk. This plugin is also not being developed or supported anymore by the author. It is released to the BuddyPress community for it to be adopted and further developed.
BP Privacy was not designed to work with the newest versions of WordPress or BuddyPress. The plugin’s readme.txt file clearly states that it works only with WordPress 3.0.5 and BuddyPress 1.2.7. It also clearly states that it was a release candidate not to be used in a production (live) environment. Furthermore, it states that the plugin will not be supported any longer and is released to the open source community so that others could take over the project, use which pieces they saw fit, and develop their own BuddyPress Privacy solution. To date, no one has or is doing that. Please feel free to take on the task.
I am closing comments to this thread as it is no longer productive.
Even More Details
For a detailed history of BP Privacy, read my article, BP Privacy: History and Lessons Learned from Developing a Major BuddyPress Component.
BP Privacy’s Future
The current version of this plugin was to be released as v1.0 but I have reverted the version numbering to pre-release status. Therefore it should be treated as a pre-release version and not used in a production environment.
Before installing and using this plugin, you should fully and carefully read the plugin’s readme.txt file, the disclaimer.txt file, and the BuddyPress Privacy Manual that comes bundled with the plugin.
Also, please see the future.txt file which contains the roadmap features for BP Privacy’s further development. The items listed under v1.0-RC2 were originally planned for multiple version releases–some under v1.0.x and some under v1.1. These features have been gathered under v1.0-RC2 to suggest that they should be developed, fully tested, and rolled out before someone else (or some team) releases a production-ready fork of this plugin. It will take that long for a developer or team of developers to sufficiently understand the inner workings of this plugin before they can claim that their forked-version is production ready.
Enjoy and best of luck!
Note: Comments are turned on but I will not be allowing any comments asking for support as I am not providing support. I also will not be allowing through any negative comments. This is not a public forum.