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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Hooks

The plugin is further customizable via two hooks. 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 );

c2c_always_allow_admin_comments_post_types (filter)

The ‘c2c_always_allow_admin_comments_post_types’ filter allows you to customize which post types are supported by the plugin. By default, all post types that have registered support for the ‘comments’ feature are supported.

Arguments:

  • $post_types (array): Supported post types. Default is all the post types that support ‘comments’ as a feature.

Return:

  • (array): Array of supported post types.

Example:

// Disable support for Always Allow Admin Comments for pages.
add_filter( 'c2c_always_allow_admin_comments_post_types', function( $post_types ) {
    if ( false !== $i = array_search( 'page', $post_types ) ) {
        unset( $post_types[ $i ] );
    }
    return $post_types;
} );

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 download and unzip always-allow-admin-comments.zip 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 (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

1.2.2 (2019-12-28)

  • Unit tests:
    • New: Add test to verify plugin hooks plugins_loaded action to initialize itself
    • New: Add unit tests for functions can_show_ui(), comments_open_for_admin()
  • Change: Note compatibility through WP 5.3+
  • Change: Add an FAQ to clarify that the checkbox to disable admin comments is only available for the classic editor
  • Change: Update copyright date (2020)

1.2.1 (2019-06-18)

  • Change: Update unit test install script and bootstrap to use latest WP unit test repo
  • Change: Note compatibility through WP 5.2+
  • Change: Add link to CHANGELOG.md in README.md
  • Fix: Correct typo in GitHub URL
  • Fix: Use full path to CHANGELOG.md in the Changelog section of readme.txt

Full changelog is available in CHANGELOG.md.