I didn’t realize that the site downgrade would happen within hours. You’ll notice that all of the social media features of the site have been deleted.
There are some several reasons for the downgrade. The main one is money. My life has suddenly gotten much more expensive than anticipated, and the funds were simply not there.
For anyone considering BuddyPress: DO NOT. I want to stress that almost as soon as the site feature opened up, I had not hundreds, but thousands of requests to join by people with usernames like firstname.lastname@example.org. I was swamped. There was no easy way to find requests by the twenty or so people I actually wanted to be involved. My email inbox was completely full of such requests. I would get a Mail notification every five minutes about it.
To all of you who had hoped it would be a cool and fun thing, I am sorry.