I have a need to disable comments for a specific group of users. But I want to replace the entire comment box with a message like "Sorry, you are not allowed to enter a comment".
Other users should still be able to enter a comment in the normal way.
I don't think I found a filter to do that, but I may be looking in the wrong area of comments.php.
Is there a way to replace the entire comment area with a message?
This ability is being added to a plugin, so it needs to be theme-independent - effective on all sites where the plugin is enabled.