I want to setup a user account that only has access to moderate comments - for all posts - but doesn't have access to edit any posts.

When I give the user the moderate comments privilege (using an old role manager plugin), it doesn't let them moderate comments on other articles.

Is there a plugin that does this, or something I'm doing wrong?

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Probably not the answer you want to hear, but I'm afraid that is not possible as a user needs the edit_posts Capability in order to access the moderate_comments capability.

(source: http://codex.wordpress.org/Roles_and_Capabilities#moderate_comments)

  • I can give the user edit_posts as well, but they still can't edit comments from other users. It seems that you can only do it with edit_others_posts. Commented Apr 15, 2011 at 1:38
  • I went through the code, and it appears there's no hook to fix this, at least not without a lot of hacking. Commented Apr 15, 2011 at 1:50
  • You can use the load-edit-comments.php and load-comment.phpaction hook to callback a function that will add the edit_others_posts capabilities to the current user so it will allow the edit-comments.php and comment.php to load correctly , and then remove this at capability form the current user at admin_footer action hook so this capability is only valid for comment moderation screens.
    – Bainternet
    Commented Apr 15, 2011 at 2:18

Took a crazy amount of trial and error but these are the capabilities I found I needed to add for a moderator role:

    // add the new role
    add_role('moderator', 'Moderator', get_role('subscriber')->capabilities);
    // gets the moderator role
    $role = get_role('moderator');
    // add capabilities
    // moderate_comments requires edit_posts - Heaven's knows why...
    // and you need to edit_others_posts otherwise you can only moderate comments on your own posts... this seems a tiny but outdated...
    // and you need to be able to edit_published_posts - so moderate_comments REALLY doesn't do what you think...

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