Staff gossip: our developer J.M. Dodd just got handed the code keys to the bbPress car

December 11 2012 | offbeatbride
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I totally get that very few of you will fully grok what I'm about to say, but I am bursting with pride over this nerdy news: the Offbeat Empire's web developer, J.M. Dodd, has just been granted core commit access to the bbPress project! Here's the announcement.

What does this mean? Ok, so bbPress is a forum component that can run on top of WordPress. bbPress and BuddyPress power the Offbeat Bride Tribe. (And of course WordPress is the open source content management system that powers the entire Offbeat Empire, and most of the other blogs you read.)

Basically, what this means is that Jennifer will be hands-on with the future code development and releases of bbPress. This means great things for the Offbeat Bride Tribe (which has acted as her evil scientist petri dish for testing out forum functions), and even better things for Jennifer. I fully expect to some day lose her to my content management overlords at Automattic, Inc. (the company that produces, and this is the first step toward that amazing-for-her/tragic-for-me eventuality.

Congratulations, Jennifer!

  1. OMG!!!!! CONGRATS! No surprise at all, I have to say. Ariel, are you sure we can't chain her in the basement of the Empire so she can't ever leave us? Just kidding. This is seriously amazing and I look forward to the day when I can say I know someone who works at Automattic!

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  2. Congrats, that's so exciting.

    Also, I just wanted to say that it's really refreshing to see a boss acknowledge that employees will move on to potentially bigger things. I know it's sad, because you guys all seem like an awesome offbeat work family, but it just warms my heart. 🙂

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    • At this spring's staff retreat, I asked everyone to write their cover letter for their future dream job. Jennifer totally wrote a cover letter for a job at Automattic… while the editors refused to do the exercise at all, claiming that "This is my dream job." I think they might have just been being lazy, but it was a very sweet excuse. 🙂

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