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I am writing a media plugin that uses custom tables to store its contents. (eg not the post tables where wordpress stores it attachment data). Now i'm looking for a way to use the default wordpress comment system to add comments to it. (These comments will not be in the regular comment table but also a custom table.

I need two things:

  1. A hook that allows me to intercept the comment submit and process it with my own code if criteria are met. The criteria itself is arbitrary and not important, just need a way to get to the post data before Wordpress processes it.
  2. A filter that allows me to replace the wp_list_comments() data with my own tabledata.

It's a hacky idea, I know, but the post/attachment table is too limiting for what I need. Any ideas?

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wp_list_comments() has no filters or hooks so its going to be a bit hard, what you can do is use comments_array filter hook

function my_custom_comments_list($comments, $post_id){
    //if criteria are met
    //pull your comments from your own table
    //in to an array and return it.
    return $my_comments;
    //else return $comments

and as for "intercept the comment submit and process" chips answer would be the best way using preprocess_comment filter hook but you want be able to avoid WordPress form inserting the comment to the default table as well, so you can use wp_insert_comment action hook to remove the comment from the default table right after its inserted:

function remove_comment_from_default_table( $id, $comment){
    //if criteria are met
    //and the comment was inserted in your own table
    //remove it from the default table:
    wp_delete_comment($id, $force_delete = true);
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Thank you both for your answers, this should get me going. I can only vote one answer so I picked the longest but I upvoted you both. – Patriek May 6 '11 at 17:05
If you use preprocess_comment, can't you strip out the custom content altogether, do with it what you need to do, and never return it to WordPress? – Chip Bennett May 7 '11 at 1:12

Try using the preprocess_comment filter hook, e.g.

function my_handling_function( $comment_data ) {
     // Here, do whatever you need to do with the comment
     // modify it, pull data out of it to save somewhere
     // or whatever you need to do
     // just be sure to return $comment_data when you're done!
     return $comment_data;
add_filter( 'preprocess_comment', 'my_handling_function' );
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Thank you for your answer as well – Patriek May 6 '11 at 17:05

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