OK so we're in magento and for some reason the following logic returns false all the time

<?php if ($this->getAllowWriteReviewFlag()): ?>

Even if I log in, I have the option "System > Configuration > Catalog > Reviews > Allow guests to write reviews" set to true, so technially that function should return true. If I log in, I get the same thing.

Also, I have checked that Mage_Reviews is enabled in System > Config > Developer > advanced

Any ideas?

  • where do you call this line of code? What model does it use?
    – FROSIT
    Jul 21, 2015 at 13:45
  • In which layout file is getAllowWriteReviewFlag() being called? And has this been defined in the corresponding Block?
    – eetzen
    Jul 21, 2015 at 16:02

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It sounds like you are using a block that does not inherit that method (function). Instead you could check in the system config object for the setting.

$_userCanReview = Mage::getStoreConfig('catalog/review/allow_guest');

That will return a string of 1 or 0. Remember that you will also (probably) need to determine whether a user is logged in or not; so that registered and logged-in users can write reviews.

$_userLoggedIn = Mage::getSingleton('customer/session')->isLoggedIn();

I'll leave it to you to put together for you own use case.

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