0Comment bubbleEasily set the parent of a WordPress comment

As is documented in the site update log, for a while we had a problem with our theme where it wasn’t possible to reply to a comment so that the reply would appear correctly in a threaded way.  We have no fixed this problem, but have been left with a significant number of comments which really need editing so it is easier to see what they are in reply to.  With a standard wordpress install this requires going into the database and editing there, which is very tedious.  Instead, we’ve used some simple functions to add an option to the comment-edit admin page, to set the comment parent there.  Eventually this will be developed into a proper plugin to enable this functionality.  For now the code is below, just add it to your theme’s functions.php

function comment_parent_meta_box()
add_meta_box( 'comment_parent', __( 'Parent ID' ), 'comment_parent_cb', 'comment', 'normal', 'high' );
add_action( 'add_meta_boxes_comment', 'comment_parent_meta_box' );

function comment_parent_cb( $comment )
    $parent = get_comment_meta( $comment->comment_ID, 'comment_parent', true );
    wp_nonce_field( 'parent_comment_update', 'parent_comment_update', false );
    < ?php

function comment_parent_edit( $comment_id )
    if( ! isset( $_POST['parent_comment_update'] ) || ! wp_verify_nonce( $_POST['parent_comment_update'], 'parent_comment_update' ) ) return;
    if( isset( $_POST['comment_parent'] ) )
        update_comment_meta( $comment_id, 'comment_parent', esc_attr( $_POST['comment_parent'] ) );
add_action( 'edit_comment', 'comment_parent_edit' );

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