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New plugin: Custom Profile Filters for BuddyPress

Custom Profile Filters for BuddyPress

Custom Profile Filters for BuddyPress - click picture to download plugin

If you’ve set up a profile here on the Commons (or on some other site run on BuddyPress), you may have noticed that some of the words and phrases in your profile have turned into links that, when clicked, lead you to other profiles where those words appear. This tagging feature is a great way to find out about people in the community who share your interests, but the algorithm that BuddyPress uses to create links can be somewhat finnicky. I built this plugin to allow users to customize these tags, choosing for themselves which phrases should be linked by surrounding them in square brackets.

Here’s an example. Let’s say that, in a profile field called Academic Interests, I said the following:

I’m interested in philosophy, chewing gum, and mariachi bands.

What I really want here is for the phrases “philosophy”, “chewing gum”, and “mariachi bands” to become links. So I’ll surround them in brackets like this:

I’m interested in [philosophy], [chewing gum], and [mariachi bands].

I’m submitting the plugin to the WordPress repository for versioning, but for now you can download version 0.1 here. Comments are welcome – have fun!

Custom Profile Filters for BuddyPress

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  1. Avatar of Matthew K. Gold Matthew K. Gold says

    Great work, Boone!

  2. Avatar of Luke Waltzer Luke Waltzer says

    Really cool, Boone; I love the potential for making connections across the campuses… I expect this feature will be incredibly beneficial as the CUNY hordes flock to the Commons in the coming year. Congrats on your first plugin!

  3. Jamie Skye Bianco says

    Making CUNY innovative and alive!

  4. Mark says

    Great plugin!!

  5. Avatar of Karen Greenberg Karen Greenberg says

    Thanks Boone for saving me for having to do more “pain in the ass” work (of creating links all over the place. You’re the best!

  6. Bob Cole says

    This looks so promising Boone. We’re just getting our environment up. We’ll be adding this to our build.

  7. Charles says

    What a great plug-in idea, I like the idea of creating easy links within our content. Thanks for the cool plugin.

  8. Samuel says

    Wow! This plug-in is so convenient. Thanks Boone.

  9. Birdman Tattoos says

    So essentially were tagging people, designating topics that people share. But only people that want to and know how will do it, right? So this means I can find others that like tattoos, right?

  10. Joe Mackey says

    Hi Boone, Awesome idea and thanks for sharing!

  11. Clarence says

    Boone, nice work and thank for sharing

  12. J. Opp says

    Will this work with buddypress 1.5? There’s been some discussion of this issue here:
    http://buddypress.org/community/groups/how-to-and-troubleshooting/forum/topic/bp-is-automatically-creating-links-of-certain-words-in-my-user-profile-how-to-stopremove-that/

    Sorry for the long url.

Continuing the Discussion

  1. Updated version (0.2) of Custom Profile Filters for BuddyPress - CUNY Academic Commons Development Blog linked to this post on June 21, 2009

    [...] a new version of my Custom Profile Filters for BuddyPress plugin. The initial version, described here, gave BuddyPress users more control over which terms in their profiles become linked to a [...]

  2. Free Software Development and the Commons | Ground Control linked to this post on November 25, 2012

    [...] A byproduct of the libre notion of freedom, and in particular the user’s freedom to modify the software as she sees fit, is that free software must also be open source – that is, each distributed copy of the software must be accompanied by the source code, so that users can see how the software works, and change it as they please. This inherent “hackability” was the catalyst for the Commons to become involved for the first time in free software development. We had a specific need (in our case, to customize the way that BuddyPress profile fields turn into links), and the open, extensible nature of BP allowed us to fulfill the need with a custom plugin. [...]



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