bbpress dies

bbpress lives? I wouldn’t call being downgraded to plugin status living, exactly, even though I’ve been saying for years that it would work better as a plugin. As forum software it only appeals to existing fanboys who want to display their allegiance to the Automattic brand, and naturally they’re all running multiple installs of WP anyway.

I wonder whether talkpress will ever make it out of beta now? I wouldn’t be surprised if the idea of offering hosted forums has been shelved as being more trouble than it’s worth (illegal downloads and libellous content are far more likely to be disseminated through forums than blogs). Or maybe they realised that Vanilla had pipped them to the post, providing free forums with more features than bbpress could offer. Or maybe it’s going to be buddypress all the way. Who knows? Who cares?

Either way, Automattic have finally twigged that bbpress is an intrinsically second-rate product that is never going to make them any money and it’s no longer worth paying someone to work on it. Took them long enough.

2 Comments »

  1. Until Automattic comes out with a truly revolutionary forum software, I’m sticking with phpBB — I only wish it had a plug & play plugin system like WordPress does; core file modification is so five years ago.

  2. drmike said

    And they trotted out Donncha for a response. They must give it some weight for them to trot out a 1st or 2nd level employee instead of one of their new hires.

    My response since I have a feeling that they’ll edit it:

    bbPress will become a registered trademark under the WordPress Foundation.

    Matt said a couple of times that he was going to do this with the WordPress name and it wound up being owned by Automattic. (Forgive me for not giving links but the Trademark lookup I use doesn’t produce usable URLs that can be copied and pasted.) I wouldn’t be surprised to see if this is the case yet again.

    Matt has chased away folks from WordPress projects before. I wouldn’t be surprised that this was the case with these folks as well. He’s also done this on the WPMu forums as well. Right now there’s only a single main supporter answering forum questions with maybe 2 or 3 pitching in on occasion. Most folks have moved over to the WPMUdev.org Premium forums where folks are more willing to help each other without the overpowering shadow of stepping on Matt’s toes.

    Gotta agree with SimplePress being a lot more complete than bbPress but I believe that was the point of the software. bbPress was supposed to be fairly simple while SimplePress is marketed as a full features forum plugin.

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