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Ben Barren - Confessions of a Mad Man » some wordpressMU chess + friendster checkers.

some wordpressMU chess + friendster checkers.

D’Angelo Barksdale: Yo, what was that?
Wallace: Hm?
D’Angelo Barksdale: Castle can’t move like that. Yo, castle move up and down and sideways like.
Preston ‘Bodie’ Broadus: Nah, we ain’t playing that.
Wallace: Yeah, look at the board. We playing checkers.
D’Angelo Barksdale: Checkers?
Wallace: Yeah, checkers.
D’Angelo Barksdale: Yo, why you playing checkers on a chess set?
Preston ‘Bodie’ Broadus: Yo, why you give a shit?


I’ve spent alot of the last 4 years building (syndicating + filtering) online community - where the main blog enablement building block was Wordpress Multi-User. I still think it’s the best solution out there. What I would like to see faster integration by Automattic and Wordpress of is their own offering and those that consumer-creators are used to within blogging and social networking : Thus meaning WordpressMU customers increasingly need to offer such features to retain parity with the market. So parity is needed for :

1. Wordpress consumer versions (ie 2.7) and plugins need to be rapidly assimilated into the Multi-User version (its not as simple as u’d think to add wordpress plugins to MU) If EnterpriseMU has 2.7 features with working plugins, that is huge.


2. Publishers and Websites offering blogging are competing with substitutes like 140m Facebook users. Blogging in itself isn’t enough. MU needs to quickly integrate social networking (Buddypress), microblogging (Prologue), 2.0 marketing tools (PollDaddy - but should they be looking at acquiring/creating a type solution with a opensource bent) and open identity management (Gravatar/IntenseDebate : needs to go further now u have Facebook/Google Connect universe + a Disqus/Facebook one at that : with every user going to sign in with their facebook-disqus/google account) into the open source WordpressMU; There should also be a premium supported commercial version for blue chip publishers and resellers.


When you have twitter on a huge tear; Enterprise version Yammer kickn product goals; Friendfeed using its xooglers to do realtime’SUP lifestreaming; Wordpress has a huge strong Microsoft like developer community and consumer adoption, but it needs to not be Microsoft in terms of product innovation.


Until all the pieces are assembled by Automattic that happens, case studies are what will help clients start using WordpressMU; So Friendster implementing WordpressMU is a good thing. Friendster arent overly incisive on their Blog about the move : The new blogs are easier to use, customize, and edit!” Wordpress Publisher blog has the blurb : “Very exciting news that Friendster, a popular social networking service with over 90 million global members, has relaunched their blog offering and selected WordPress MU.  These member blogs, which are used by millions of Friendster members,  were previously powered by Six Apart’s Typepad service.


Buddypress was scheduled to launch December 15th, any1 know if they shipped, results ? or has it been pushed back ? Scheduled features :

- “…The target is to release beta versions of all the available plugins on Dec 15… So what’s left to do before Dec 15?”


- Filtering of friends and groups lists to show ”Recently Active Friends”, ”Recently Added Friends” etc. In groups ”Groups I’ve Created”, ”Groups Recently Updated”, ”Groups Recently Joined”, etc.

- Finish the members directory as well as adding blog and group directories, accessible via ””, ””. ””.

- bbPress forums for groups.

- Private messaging autocomplete on friend names.

- RSS Feeds for activity streams.


D’Angelo Barksdale: Now look, check it, it’s simple, it’s simple. See this? This the kingpin, a’ight? And he the man. You get the other dude’s king, you got the game. But he trying to get your king too, so you gotta protect it. Now, the king, he move one space any direction he damn choose, ’cause he’s the king. Like this, this, this, a’ight? But he ain’t got no hustle. But the rest of these motherfuckers on the team, they got his back. And they run so deep, he really ain’t gotta do shit.
Preston ‘Bodie’ Broadus: Like your uncle.
D’Angelo Barksdale: Yeah, like my uncle. You see this? This the queen. She smart, she fast. She move any way she want, as far as she want. And she is the go-get-shit-done piece.
Wallace: Remind me of Stringer.
D’Angelo Barksdale: And this over here is the castle. Like the stash. It can move like this, and like this.
Wallace: Dog, stash don’t move, man.
D’Angelo Barksdale: C’mon, yo, think. How many time we move the stash house this week? Right? And every time we move the stash, we gotta move a little muscle with it, right? To protect it.
Preston ‘Bodie’ Broadus: True, true, you right. All right, what about them little baldheaded bitches right there?
D’Angelo Barksdale: These right here, these are the pawns. They like the soldiers. They move like this, one space forward only. Except when they fight, then it’s like this. And they like the front lines, they be out in the field.
Wallace: So how do you get to be the king?
D’Angelo Barksdale: It ain’t like that. See, the king stay the king, a’ight? Everything stay who he is. Except for the pawns. Now, if the pawn make it all the way down to the other dude’s side, he get to be queen. And like I said, the queen ain’t no bitch. She got all the moves.
Preston ‘Bodie’ Broadus: A’ight, so if I make it to the other end, I win.
D’Angelo Barksdale: If you catch the other dude’s king and trap it, then you win.
Preston ‘Bodie’ Broadus: A’ight, but if I make it to the end, I’m top dog.
D’Angelo Barksdale: Nah, yo, it ain’t like that. Look, the pawns, man, in the game, they get capped quick. They be out the game early.
Preston ‘Bodie’ Broadus: Unless they some smart-ass pawns.


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  1. openkinga
    Posted October 27, 2009 at 1:13 am | Permalink

    I already diged this my firend.

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  2. Posted December 3, 2009 at 5:01 am | Permalink

    Thanks man, just what I was looking for. Thanks so much…