[wp-hackers] preventing new tags from being entered.

Helen Hou-Sandi helen.y.hou at gmail.com
Tue Sep 4 19:51:11 UTC 2012

Remove the metabox, make your own replacement that only allows selection,
and hide the admin screen (/wp-admin/edit-tags.php?taxonomy=post_tag) from
non-editors/admins. Can also only do the metabox switching for

Helen Hou-Sandi

On Tue, Sep 4, 2012 at 3:40 PM, Haluk Karamete <halukkaramete at gmail.com>wrote:

> I want a controlled tag vocabulary. And I want only editors and admins
> to be able to control/add new tags. This is because my tag cloud
> covers enough words/subjects ( 5000 of them! ) and they are all hand
> picked and ready to use with proper spellings and abbreviations. And I
> do not want my data entry people to add new tags on the fly.
> I did some reading on this on WP forums. To solve this problem, some
> people suggest to remove the add new tag button. But that suggestion
> is not helpful cause it takes the textbox with it too. Since I want my
> data entry people to take advantage of the type-ahead functionality
> that WordpPress comes with, I'd like to keep the front end as is. That
> is, they can still type in the first 3 characters of the subject
> matter and pick one from the suggestions by simply hitting enter.
> I don't think it is possible prevent a user to add a new tag at the
> client/browser/javascript level. jQuery cannot stop that action from
> taking place. However, this issue should easily be addressed at the
> server level - when the actual post creation or update takes place.
> The idea is this;
> If the current user is not an editor or an admin, ignore the new
> tag(s) completely. And execute the action as if that tag was not part
> of the submission. And after the save or update is completed, warn the
> user with a JS alert that some tag(s) were ignored. I'm assuming at
> some point, WP does a look up if tag exists, and if not create the new
> tag, get the newly created tag id and the use that in associating the
> post. It should fairly simple to exit out carrying the action all the
> way if WP detects, the tag is new and the user is not an admin/editor.
> In order to pull this off, could someone guide me what hooks do I need
> to use? Or suggest ideas if this is good way to approach the matter or
> not?
> http://wordpress.stackexchange.com/questions/64141/preventing-new-tags-from-being-added
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