Plugin / Always Allow Admin Comments

Scott Reilly

Description

Description

This plugin enables a user with the administrator role the ability to comment on any post or page, even if the comments for that post or page are closed. When the plugin is active, this behavior is automatically enabled.

Administrators can be explicitly prevented from commenting on specific posts via two approaches:

  • When creating or editing a post, in the “Prevent Admin Comments” metabox (in the block editor) or the “Discussion” metabox (in the classic editor) there is a checkbox labeled “Prevent administrators from commenting” that only administrators can access. Checking the checkbox will prevent administrators from commenting on the post even though this plugin is active. (If the metabox isn’t visible for you when using the classic editor, then expand the “Screen Options” slide-down panel on the upper-right of the page.)
  • Programmatically, via the use of the ‘c2c_admin_can_always_comment_disable’ filter. This can be used be provide more fine-grained access control and contextual handling. See the “Hooks” section for documentation on the filter’s use.

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Hooks

The plugin is further customizable via one hook. Such code should ideally be put into a mu-plugin or site-specific plugin (which is beyond the scope of this readme to explain).

c2c_always_allow_admin_comments_disable (filter)

The ‘c2c_always_allow_admin_comments_disable’ filter allows you to customize whether comments should actually be disabled for a particular admin user. By default, all admin users can always comment on posts and pages. Using this filter, you have finer-grained controls to override this behavior. It takes into account the checkbox provided per post to explicitly prevent admin comments.

NOTE: This filter is only used if comments for the post are closed and the current user is an admin. This filter is only to override the behavior of the plugin and is not a general purpose filter for enabling or disabling comments.

Arguments:

  • $status (bool): The comment status of the current post for the current user.
  • $post_id (int): The ID of the post whose comments are being checked.

Return:

  • (bool): True if admin commenting is disabled, false if admin can comment.

Example:

/**
 * Only allow certain admins the ability to comment on all posts.
 *
 * @param  bool $status  The comment open status.
 * @param  int  $post_id The post id.
 * @return bool True if admin commenting is disabled, false if not.
 */
function restrict_admin_commenting( $status, $post_id ) {
    // User IDs of the admins who can always comment.
    $admins_who_can_comment = array( 2, 13 );

    // Admins not specified above cannot comment when comments are closed.
    return ! in_array( get_current_user_id(), $admins_who_can_comment );
}
add_filter( 'c2c_always_allow_admin_comments_disable', 'restrict_admin_commenting', 10, 2 );

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