I use comments with a custom comment type in my plugin to notify users of various events created by the plugin.

The problem is I don't want these cluttering up the standard comments so I need to filter out those custom comments from the manage comments screen as well as the recent comments dashboard widget.

Does anyone have any ideas on how to do this?

  • How is your plugin making these 'custom comment type'. I do not know of any native WordPress way for custom comments.
    – Evan Yeung
    Jan 22, 2012 at 21:50
  • By using wp_inset_comment($args). One of the fields in wp_comments is comment_type which can be either '' for normal comments, or ping/track, or whatever you like codex.wordpress.org/Function_Reference/wp_insert_comment Jan 22, 2012 at 21:53

1 Answer 1


Doh, looks like the answer was staring me in the face.

add_filter( 'comments_clauses', 'myPlugin_exclude_custom_comments', 10, 1);
function myPlugin_exclude_custom_comments( $clauses ) {

    // Hide all those comments which aren't of type system_message
    $clauses['where'] .= ' AND comment_type != "system_message"';   

    return $clauses;

What this does is edit all comment queries to find comments that don't have a type of system_message

Hope this helps someone :)

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