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dainiswmichel

Hey, i've watched pressing issues "go cold" at BuddyPress' forums (like OP over a year or two ago), and i was wondering what kinds of BuddyPress replacement set ups there may be available. i'm asking here, because i'd love to use pagelines as the theme. here's what i'm looking for the www.curetinnitus.org setup to include: updatable profile page for members sitewide activity members can post an update members can comment on other peoples' profile pages (optional and cool) internal email (optional but cool) other social features would be cool likely: forum area available based on wishlistmember member level (or equivalent) so like this vanilla forum would really rock Basically, it's sitewide activity with commenting and posting right there. A few years back, I took the dive, installed WPMU, installed BuddyPress, etc. and wound up in a corner with a website where i tried to rely on the BuddyPress community, but the solution just was not there -- specifically: people willing to share code were not there. I dug into my pockets for a fix, but even then it was very hard to find someone who could fix the issues i was having with BuddyPress. Also, even tough I was willing to pay, I had assumptive and very unkind emails and posts about the kinds of things i was asking for. It was odd, because I was like "uhh, i'm just trying to get the software to work, and when you tell me i need to pay, i am asking you whom i can pay." I just did a search and all i could come up with was: http://www.wpsymposium.com. My current strategy with BuddyPress is to just "leave it alone." What that means is: don't touch it, let it work out of the box, if it's broken don't try to fix it, figure out a CSS workaround of some kind (so don't even display the broken stuff), just use the stuff that works, don't ask at the BuddyPress forums because it most likely won't help. And if I really continue www.curetinnitus.org with BuddyPress, then I will have a life-saving organization using a "not so easy to work with" software solution. I mean, if PageLines is here to "have my back" on BuddyPress stuff, and well -- it's looking pretty good, you're the first theme to actually work with BP and not have BP "just break" or have a fatal error or etc. etc. So, if the PageLines team is a "backup" to help make and keep BuddyPress functional then that could work too.

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Rob
As you can tell, we like Vanilla these days rather than the tutti-fruiti flavor of Buddypress which is fickle to say the least. The one thing I can say is that even though we've switched over it wasn't without trials and tribulations. Nonetheless the forums here are doing everything we can to make sure everyone's Buddypress installs work. You may not have seen a post I added some time ago... http://www.pagelines.com/forum/discussion/13966/buddypress-bbpress-and-platformpro-solutions answering some of the recent upgrade and install problems. Oddly, I posted that weeks before Buddypress reacted to tens of thousands of complaints about v.1.5 with an upgrade resolving 25 problems. I've tried WP Symposium which as you may have noticed is a paid product. They don't support the free one very well. For some reason Buddypress, like WP and bbPress have the worst reputation for closing tickets before they're really answered. Please rest assured that if you keep Buddypress and come across any errors, one of us here will work diligently to support you and find a solution with you. Yes. We've got your back!

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thank you :-) for me, right now, the most important bit of functionality would be a "sitewide activity" stream like here: http://www.latv.at/jaunumi/ http://www.curetinnitus.org/activity which are both buddypress activity streams. is there a way to do that without buddypress?

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i just created a post at buddypress.org called "honestly, should i use buddypress for an important life-saving website?" http://buddypress.org/community/groups/requests-feedback/forum/topic/honestly-should-i-use-buddypress-for-an-important-life-saving-website/ i'm curious on your feedback here, as Vanilla may offer a good solution. it's really the "activity stream" where "all the action" is on a website, and well, working properly, it would serve my communities quite well ... best, dainis

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i just saw that this thread http://buddypress.org/community/groups/requests-feedback/forum/topic/what-is-up-with-buddypress-org/ was closed by Paul Gibbs over at BuddyPress. the OP was, in my opinion, asking legit questions and expressing exactly the kind of request a community needs to respond to appropriately in order thrive. so, frankly, i'd like to find and implement a buddypress alternative at www.curetinnitus.org over the next few days. either that or use the BuddyPress activity stream only and block all other buddypress functionality. something along those lines. is there a pagelines pro that can help me out? best, dainis

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i am thinking of replacing buddypress with http://foragr.com/ does anyone have experience with it? like i mentioned in the OP, an activity stream is really the critical functionality i'm looking for.

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Dainis, Isn't the forum here great, in that we don't close posts so easily? I think every moderator here believes in free speech and the need to grab information from old posts and perhaps add to them or keep those topics open. I've become convinced that Vanilla's the tool I'm going to use as my own forum installation (I won't say which) has been a total failure. The ultimate goal in selection for me is getting people to actively participate. The registration on my site is perhaps just too confusing in two columns. Vanilla is going to be the recommended flavor for Pagelines 2.0. While I haven't yet made the move, I'm awaiting the release of 2.0 to make the conversion. I'm salivating that release, not simply to add Vanilla, but because of the great changes made. This will be an amazing thing and I can hardly wait.

Former PageLines Moderator, Food Expert and Raconteur

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yes, it's comforting that threads stay open here, and that there looks to be a culture of appreciating input. i'm asking myself if my time with buddypress is just wasted time. i would very much like an activity stream. i'm less interested in a "forum" than in a single page/stream that lets people know what's going on on a site. buddypress' activity stream does the job -- though it would be neat to add the fb stream as well. i need to make the activity stream private to a specific wishlist member "member level." i may have figured out how to do it. i'd like to make the groups only available to specific member levels, and then i'd be done. if the pagelines 2.0 + vanilla makes my exploration into buddypress land superfluous, then that's ok too :-)

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hmm -- i can't figure out how to make: http://www.curetinnitus.org/activity private. if i click protect in wishlist member, the activity stream is not made private. if i add code like: '

Welcome, registered user!

Welcome, visitor!

' to the top of bp-actity.php -- nothing happens. if i go to "pagelines 2.0 + vanilla" i don't think i get anything similar to the activity stream of buddypress -- and i have not been able to find a suitable alternative. can vanilla provide an "activity stream?" there is an "Activity" button here, in the pagelines forum -- but it tells me i don't have permission. see: http://www.pagelines.com/forum/activity if vanilla forum activity can pull in excerpts from posts, new pages, and comments, then that's the direction i'll likely go. with PageLines 2.0 not being a simple upgrade, i might just keep curetinnitus.org as a buddypress site, but i have to address these tiny little functionality issues: * groups need to be private according to member level * activity stream and such (basically all buddypress stuff) must be private * a few CSS display issues

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Dainis, check my site... let me know if you can see my activity stream. http://www.epicurus.com/discussion/vanilla/activity This is PageLines 2.0, Vanilla 2.0 and I do believe there's plugins that let you control member levels and privacy. Unfortunately, Vanilla has only one "groups" plugin that doesn't work. Check the available options here: http://vanillaforums.org/addons but it's best to use the plugins that are approved. Some of the plugins are older, don't work and are not supported.

Former PageLines Moderator, Food Expert and Raconteur

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