BP Events bp-events invites broken, workaround

bp-events version 1.1 on top of buddypress 1.1.3 isn’t working for invites, it’s broken. After hours and hours of combing the web looking for a solution, I couldn’t find one. I figured out a workaround.

There were several other places online that I found other complain about this same problem. As far as I can tell, nobody has published any solution or workaround. Until now. I have a workaround – more like a hack, but it works!

I don’t know the WordPress/BuddyPress framework, but I’m pretty skilled at PHP, and can debug by following the HTTP request, and walk through the codebase. I used tcpflow to watch the HTTP requests and responses, and walked the codebase by dropping print lines in appropriate places to see how the request traversed the code.

Here’s what I found out. When bp-events gets to the “Send Invites” section, when you check a checkbox of a friend, it invokes an AJAX call, via JavaScript, to wp-load.php. Well, what it sends to the server is action=groups_invite_user, friend_id=. Everything else is hogwash. There is nothing in the request to tell you what event it’s for!

Ok, so the reason for this is that bp-events uses the same api as bp groups. It borrows from bp groups to draw your “Select Friends” widget. I have not found the real root cause. What it’s supposed to do is send an action=events_invite_user and should also send the event_id, I speculate. I haven’t been able to figure out how to craft an HTTP request to wp-load.php that will perform the intended behavior. I do, however, have a workaround that fixes the problem. Keep reading if you want a workaround hack that fixes this problem.

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