To help your site be transparent to your visitors about using Akismet to process comments (think privacy and GDPR), our WordPress plugin now gives you the option to display a notice under your site’s comment forms. Site owners can decide if they want to display it, or not, on a per-blog basis.
But we’ve also given options to developers to extend the behaviour, and content, of said notice.
The display of the notice itself, as well as the in-admin notice to set it for one’s site, all revolves around a new
akismet_comment_form_privacy_notice option, which needs to be set to either
If the option is not yet set, the front-end notice will not be displayed, but the in-admin prompting site owners to set it will.
Once set to either
hide, the front-end notice will match the choice, and the in-admin notice will disappear.
class.akismet.php, there is a new
Akismet::display_comment_form_privacy_notice() method, in which you can find the following filters to extend.
Overrides the returned value of the
akismet_comment_form_privacy_notice option. This value can be
hide, and controls the display of the front-end privacy notice under comment forms.
Lets you customise the text and markup of the actual notice, which defaults to
'<p class="akismet_comment_form_privacy_notice">' . sprintf( __( 'This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. <a href="%s" target="_blank">Learn how your comment data is processed</a>.', 'akismet' ), 'https://akismet.com/privacy/' ) . '</p>'. Note that if you choose to modify the markup, something needs to eventually point your users to https://akismet.com/privacy/, which will always display, or redirect to, our most up-to-date privacy related documentation.
As seen above, the default front-end privacy notice is wrapped in a
WP Multisite or multiple WP installs
If you have a lot of sites/blogs, you might also now be wanting to set the privacy display in bulk.
There are a few ways of doing that.
You can create a quick plugin that checks if the
akismet_comment_form_privacy_notice option is set, and if it is not, set it for the current blog:
update_option( 'akismet_comment_form_privacy_notice', $state ); where
$state is either
Or you could write a script that loops on your blog list, and set the same option, in one run.