How to Prevent BuddyPress From Changing Comment Author URLs

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Did you know that BuddyPress changes the URL for comment authors to point to the user’s BuddyPress profile? It does this by filtering the ‘comments_array’ in the bp-core-filters.php file to insert BuddyPress URLs for blog post comments:

add_filter( 'comments_array', 'bp_core_filter_comments', 10, 2 );

For most BuddyPress sites this is a good thing, since it emphasizes users’ profiles and interaction on the site, helping members connect to each other on the social network. However, there are some WordPress sites that take a different approach to comments. People don’t always leave comments purely to join a conversation. Unfortunately, many users are motivated, at least partially, by having a link back to their own sites.

If you want to stop BuddyPress from changing the comment author URL to the profile link, it’s as simple as removing the filter:

remove_filter( 'comments_array', 'bp_core_filter_comments', 10, 2 );

Add that to your bp-custom.php file or create your own little functionality plugin for it.

As noted by @modemlooper in the comments, if you go the custom plugin route, you’ll need to make sure that BuddyPress is active before removing the filter:

function remove_url() {remove_filter( 'comments_array', 'bp_core_filter_comments', 10, 2 );}add_action('bp_include', 'remove_url');

Once activated you should see that the comments now pull the url from the admin area profile.php page or the URL the user has entered in the comment form.

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