After 6 months of silence from Automattic regarding BBpress, the most (only?) prolific developer, _ck_, has abandoned the project and closed her website. She was the driving force in keeping the project alive through the the last 2 years, and the slow uptake of BBpress 1.02 is almost entirely down to lack of support from her plugins.
The bbPress Showcase has been discontinued.
The removal of Sam Bauers and the halting of bbpress.org 2.0
was a clear and final sign that there is no interest in allowing
bbPress to become a mature, robust program and community.
By now bbPress 1.5 could have been in alpha but instead
bbPress development has been deliberately stagnated,
which should be a very alarming warning to everyone.
In addition, bbShowcase had only six donations in 2009,
which indicated to me there was no interest in my work.
My code will remain on bbpress.org as open source GPL
for those that wish to use it, however I caution you to
consider bbPress’s lack of leadership before continuing to use it.
_ck_ and I clashed a great number of times on the BBpress website, but i never lost any respect for her coding abilities. Sadly, her reasons for quitting the project are very valid and indeed the very reason we clashed so much in the last year. BBpress has had a lack of leadership for far too long, a lack of project management to be more precise, and sadly the time has arrived where _ck_ has started to see both the woods and trees.
BBpress 1.02 is 50% slower than BBpress0.9, and a large large chunk of plugins for 0.9 don’t work for it. It’s lead developers have left, the promised updates have never materialised, and frankly, it’s time too look start looking at alternatives.