I was browsing a Magento event cheat sheet because I was hoping to find an event: review submit save before ... and capture the title/name/text from the description. And set the review to deleted or dissaproved if certain strings are shown - like "href" or "http" http://www.nicksays.co.uk/magento-events-cheat-sheet-1-7/

We are currently seeing so much spam in our review forms that a quick check for these two strings would filter out 99% ...

I would be hoping to turn this into a simple extension where keywords in the backend can be separated by commas and these are then looked for in the reviews

Question: is there such an event? and how would I go about capturing the values and check for the forbidden words

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You could use an event dispatched when saving a review review_save_before for example.

  • top! Just what I am looking for - and is review_save_before an existing (real) event or just an example
    – snh_nl
    Commented Sep 9, 2014 at 14:46
  • It actually exists. It is dispatched by this line Mage::dispatchEvent($this->_eventPrefix.'_save_before', $this->_getEventData()); in Mage_Core_Model_Abstract::_beforeSave(). and when saving a review the _eventPrefix is review.
    – Marius
    Commented Sep 9, 2014 at 14:48
  • And do you think I can cancel or dissaprove the review this way? (Or only exit the function and redirect)
    – snh_nl
    Commented Sep 9, 2014 at 15:29
  • You can can manage to set _dataSaveAllowed on the review model instance then it won't be saved. But unfortunately I don't know how you can set that because it's a protected member and there is no setter for it. You can try with Reflection.
    – Marius
    Commented Sep 9, 2014 at 15:34
  • I was fiddling with this. And suppose we just return the URL with error messages "cannot save illegal characters" the we should also be done ... Gets the job done
    – snh_nl
    Commented Sep 10, 2014 at 20:26

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