Today we released BuddyPress Media 2.11 that takes care of a long standing issue with sites that don’t use the Activity component.
BuddyPress Media and Activity component
A lot of functionality and features of BuddyPress Media is tightly integrated and heavily dependant on the activity component of BuddyPress. So, the meta buttons that exist for each media (favourite, delete, etc), are actually from an associated activity. The comments are actually comments on the activity. So, if the activity component was disabled on a site, none of this functionality would work, nor would any of the buttons show up.
Decoupling BuddyPress Media from activities
With 2.11, we removed some more of the dependence on the activity component. BuddyPress Media 2.11 onwards, users can download, edit, set media as album cover and delete media even when the activity component is disabled. Although commenting is still dependent on the activity component, we are exploring alternatives so even this can work in the absence of activities.
Fixing comment posting
The comment posting form on the lightbox was having a few glitches and sometimes, a user wasn’t able to post a comment. This would happen if the lightbox was called on the activity stream. This also has been fixed with this version.
Links: BuddyPress Media | Demo
Have you thought about adopting the FaceBook App for your comments or an option for it? I always liked the idea of having individual media lightbox have it’s own NON activity fed comments. This way hundreds can comment on a lightbox pop up and save the activity feed from being overwhelmed by a popular media piece. What are your thoughts on this?
We have no plans to use facebook app for comments. But in upcoming release we will be using WordPress post-comments for media-comments.
May be after that any plugin, which overrides WordPress commenting with facebook-comments, might work for media-comments as it is.