Always Allow Admin Comments

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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Developer Documentation

Developer documentation can be found in DEVELOPER-DOCS.md. That documentation covers the hooks provided by the plugin.

As an overview, these are the hooks provided by the plugin:

  • c2c_always_allow_admin_comments_disable : Customizes if comments should actually be disabled for a particular admin user.
  • c2c_always_allow_admin_comments_post_types: Customizes which post types are supported by the plugin.

Screenshots

  • A screenshot of the Discussion metabox when creating/editing a post or page that allows you to override the plugin to truly disable admin commenting for the post/page. This is the form field used for versions of WordPress older than 5.0, or for versions later than 5.0 when the block editor is disabled.
  • A screenshot of the Prevent Admin Comments metabox when creating/editing a post or page that allows you to override the plugin to truly disable admin commenting for the post/page. This is the form field used for WordPress 5.0 and later when the block editor is enabled (which it is by default).

Installation

  1. Install via the built-in WordPress plugin installer. Or install the plugin code inside the plugins directory for your site (typically /wp-content/plugins/).
  2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ admin menu in WordPress

FAQ

Will this plugin allow an administrator to comment on a post whose comments have been automatically closed for being old?

Yes.

Does this plugin support the block editor (aka Gutenberg)?

Yes, though not entirely. The primary functionality of the plugin–allowing administrators to always comment on posts–works regardless of the post editor being used. However, the checkbox that allows the plugin to be disabled on a per-post basis (in order to actively prevent administrators from being able to comment on the post) is currently only available in the classic editor. This is unlikely to affect most users.

Does this plugin include unit tests?

Yes.

Reviews

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Contributors & Developers

“Always Allow Admin Comments” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.

Contributors

Changelog

1.3.2 (2021-10-14)

  • New: Add DEVELOPER-DOCS.md and move hooks documentation into it
  • Change: Note compatibility through WP 5.8+
  • Change: Tweak installation instruction
  • Unit tests:
    • Change: Explicitly test a custom post type that supports comments and one that does not
    • Change: Restructure unit test directories
      • Change: Move bin into tests/
      • Change: Move tests/bootstrap.php into tests/phpunit/
      • Change: Move tests/test-*.php into tests/phpunit/tests/
    • Change: Remove ‘test-‘ prefix from unit test file
    • Change: Rename phpunit.xml to phpunit.xml.dist per best practices
    • Change: In bootstrap, store path to plugin file constant
    • Change: In bootstrap, add backcompat for PHPUnit pre-v6.0

1.3.1 (2021-04-04)

  • Change: Note compatibility through WP 5.7+
  • Change: Update copyright date (2021)

1.3 (2020-05-12)

  • Change: Add customization for post type support
    • New: Add filter c2c_always_allow_admin_comments_post_types to allow customizing supported post types
    • New: Add get_post_types() to get the list of supported post types
    • Change: Enhance can_show_ui() to check if post’s post type is supported
  • Change: Change label for setting
  • New: Add TODO.md and move existing TODO list from top of main plugin file into it (and add more items to the list)
  • Change: Use HTTPS for link to WP SVN repository in bin script for configuring unit tests
  • Change: Note compatibility through WP 5.4+
  • Change: Update links to coffee2code.com to be HTTPS
  • Unit tests:
    • New: Add tests for registering of hooks
    • Change: Remove unnecessary unregistering of hooks

Full changelog is available in CHANGELOG.md.