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Never Moderate Registered Users

Author: Scott Reilly
Version: 2.3.3
First released: 2010-09-13
Last update: 2021-10-06
Compatibility: WP 3.1 – 5.8.1
Download: [ zip ]
Description:

Never moderate or mark as spam comments made by registered users (or, alternatively, those with specified capabilities), regardless of the apparent sp …

Extended Description

This plugin prevents comments from registered users from ever going into the moderation queue or getting automatically marked as spam, regardless of the apparent spamminess of the comment.

To be recognized as a registered user, the user must be logged into your site at the time they post their comment.

This plugin assumes that you trust your registered users. It will automatically approve any comment made by registered users, even if the comment stinks of spam. Therefore, it is recommended that you do not allow users to register themselves (uncheck the setting “Anyone can register” in the WordPress admin under Settings -> General).

You can still allow open registration, whereby these “subscribers” are moderated as usual, while other more privileged users do not get moderated. The plugin provides a filter, ‘c2c_never_moderate_registered_users_caps’, which allows you to specify the roles and capabilities that can bypass moderation. See the FAQ for an example.

This plugin is a partial successor to my now-defunct Never Moderate Admins or Post Author plugin. In addition to preventing admins and the post’s author from being moderated, that plugin also allowed you to prevent registered users from being moderated. WordPress has long since integrated that functionality, so the main thrust of that plugin became moot. However, the ability to never moderate registered users is still a valid need that requires this plugin.

Links: Plugin Homepage | Plugin Directory Page | GitHub | Author Homepage

Developer Documentation

Developer documentation can be found in DEVELOPER-DOCS.md. That documentation covers the numerous hooks provided by the plugin. Those hooks are listed below to provide an overview of what’s available.

  • c2c_never_moderate_registered_users_caps : Customize the capabilities that are automatically trusted, any one of which a user must have in order to never get moderated.
  • c2c_never_moderate_registered_users_approved : Customize granular control for whether a comment by a registered user that would otherwise be moderated or marked as spam should automatically be approved.

Find out more at the plugin’s WordPress Plugin Repository page.

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
  3. Optional: Use one or more of the provided hooks in custom code to control specific capabilities that should be exempted from moderation and spam or to control the feature on a comment-by-comment basis.

Release Log

2.3.3 (2021-10-05)

  • 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: Restructure unit test directories
      • Change: Move phpunit/ into tests/
      • Change: Move phpunit/bin into tests/
    • Change: Remove ‘test-‘ prefix from unit test file
    • Change: In bootstrap, store path to plugin file constant
    • Change: In bootstrap, add backcompat for PHPUnit pre-v6.0

2.3.2 (2021-04-09)

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

2.3.1 (2020-08-27)

  • Change: Restructure unit test file structure
    • New: Create new subdirectory phpunit/ to house all files related to unit testing
    • Change: Move bin/ to phpunit/bin/
    • Change: Move tests/bootstrap.php to phpunit/
    • Change: Move tests/ to phpunit/tests/
    • Change: Rename phpunit.xml to phpunit.xml.dist per best practices
  • Change: Note compatibility through WP 5.5+
  • Change: Tweak some documentation in readme.txt
  • Unit tests: Check if WP is 5.5+ to use renamed option names

Copyright & Disclaimer

Copyright © 2010-2021 by Scott Reilly (aka coffee2code)

This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or
modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License
as published by the Free Software Foundation; either version 2
of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful,
but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the
GNU General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License
along with this program; if not, write to the Free Software
Foundation, Inc., 51 Franklin Street, Fifth Floor, Boston, MA 02110-1301, USA.

Discussion / Support

Have any questions, comments, or suggestions? Please provide them via the plugin’s WordPress.org support forum. I’ll do my best to reply in a timely fashion and help as best I can.

Unfortunately, I cannot provide guaranteed support, nor do I provide support via any other means.

Was this plugin useful useful to you? Consider giving it a rating. If you’re inclined to give it a poor rating, please first post to the support forum to give me a chance to address or explain the situation.

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