Paul Gibbs interviewed by Troy Dean from WP Elevation

A few weeks ago, I was interviewed by Troy Dean from WP Elevation for their podcast, and the interview (video and a transcript) has just been published. Watch the interview here, and let me know what you think!

Troy is a great guy and is  the best interviewer/podcast host/all-round good guy involved in the WordPress community at the moment, so it was pretty exciting to get the chance to sit down with him and talk about WordPress and BuddyPress, and how I got started with web development, and much more.

If you want to see more WP Elevation podcasts, be sure to check out the archives on the site or on iTunes. If you’re looking for recommendations, I particularly enjoyed the recent interviews with Tom Willmot & Noel Tock (of Human Made fame), and Mike Little (WordPress co-founder).

How Achievements 3.0 Was Designed

Earlier today, I released version 3.5 of my Achievements for WordPress plugin. If you’ve not heard of the plugin before, it’s a great way to gamify your WordPress site with challenges, badges, and points. I’d like to share some notes on how Achievements for WordPress was designed.

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#achievements

How would we build galactic-scale beacons to attract the attention of extraterrestrials?

Back in the day, I ran the old SETI Online program on my computer (over 56k dial-up!) to help to try to detect signals made by another civilisation. Best as I know, we haven’t found ET yet, but until today I’ve never even considered what effort it would take us to send such a beacon out to the galaxy.

This interesting presentation by James Benford on Youtube (paper) has a bunch of thought-provoking ideas about this.

BuddyPress Translations 1.6f

Version 1.6f of BuddyPress Translations has been released. 1.6f comes with an updated Slovak translation.

Continued big thanks to all the polyglots who contribute the translations for BuddyPress; maybe we should see about adding automatic download of language files to a future version of BuddyPress ;)

#i18n, #translation

Achievements 3 for WordPress now available

After an extremely long time in development, I’m very pleased to be finally able to announce Achievements 3 for WordPress. Go grab it from WordPress.org!

Learn more about the plugin on achievementsapp.com.

#achievements, #scotch