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Group Forum Subscripton for BuddyPress


** Use of this plugin is not recommended in versions of BuddyPress 1.2 and higher. Please consider using BuddyPress Group Activity Notifications instead: A conversion script for converting subscription data from this plugin to that one is coming soon **

Users can subscribe to individual discussion topics from within BuddyPress;
Users can subscribe to discussions on a group-by-group basis;
Users are automatically unsubscribed from a group’s discussions when they leave the group;
Administrators can subscribe all users to the appropriate forums with a single click (potentially handy for first-time setup);
Administrators can toggle whether email notification is turned on by default;
Administrators can toggle whether posters receive notification of their own posts.

Developed for the CUNY Academic Commons. Visit to learn more about this neat project.

Running BP < 1.1?

If you plan on having your members use the bbPress interface in addition to/instead of the BuddyPress forums interface (something you can only do if you are running bbPress in a separate installation, which means you’re almost certainly running BP < 1.1) do the following steps as well:

  • Upload bb-group-forum-subscription to [bbpress-directory]/my-plugins
  • Activate the plugin on the bbPress admin page
    In [bbpress-template-directory]/topic.php, replace the code
    user_favorites_link( array(‘mid’ => __(‘Subscribe to this discussion’)),array(‘mid’ => __(‘Unsubscribe from this discussion’)));

Translation credits

Many thanks to the following translators:
* German: Markus Schubert
* French: Daniel H
* Italian: Luca Camellini
* Russian: slaFFik
* Spanish: Admin at
* Traditional Chinese: Levin



  • Initial release


  • Bug fixes


  • Compatibility with BP 1.1
  • Bug fixes


  • Quite a few bug fixes, especially with BP 1.1 compatibility


  • Post reply bugfix for IE
  • Updated readme information for installation with older versions of BP
  • Resolved issues some users were having with PHP errors
  • Moved stable tag away from trunk. Use trunk at your own risk!


  • Localization complete. Shipped with four translations: French, German, Russian, Spanish
  • Dashboard menu moved under BuddyPress section
  • Forum Subscription notification block added to BP’s forum index.php pages
  • Forum subscription notification block removed for non-logged-in users
  • Fixed bug that subscribed non-confirmed users to forums created in standalone bbPress
  • Admins can choose whether posters receive notifications of their own posts (off by default; not togglable in standalone bbPress)


  • Fixed bug that prevented members of large groups from being subscribed to new topics
  • Fixed bug that kept email headers/footers from being translated
  • Fixed bug that kept subscribing banned members in bbPress standalone
  • Fixed bug that didn’t check to see if members wanted automatic subscription for a given group in bbPress standalone
  • Added topic title to bbPress standalone email
  • Fixed bug that kept admin_menu from hooking correctly for some users installing BP in non-standard location


  • Loader file added to prevent crashes when BP is upgraded
  • Duplicate notifications menu functions removed to ensure interoperability with BP 1.2 bp-default

Contributors & Developers

This is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.


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