[wp-trac] [WordPress Trac] #27111: Turning off global comments should include existing content

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#27111: Turning off global comments should include existing content
 Reporter:  jenmylo      |       Owner:  (none)
     Type:  enhancement  |      Status:  closed
 Priority:  normal       |   Milestone:
Component:  Comments     |     Version:  3.9
 Severity:  normal       |  Resolution:  wontfix
 Keywords:  has-patch    |     Focuses:  administration

Comment (by jb510):

 @peterwilsoncc this was marked a duplicate of
 https://core.trac.wordpress.org/ticket/32375 and
 https://core.trac.wordpress.org/ticket/53185 which is why I commented
 here. Although those tickets are a bit more clear about what I think is
 generally needed: A check box to disable all comment functionality

 The point here is there ought to be a core method to completely disable
 comments on a site (brand new site or otherwise) and not rely on the
 increasingly spammy plugins to do so.  The other tickets were a bit more
 clear about this need than this ticket.

 I think we all understand a huge number of sites these days have zero need
 for comments at all. This means no need to accept comment spam requests to
 the API, no need to count comments, no need really to load even 1 line of
 comment-related code or make queries looking for comments.

 On many sites, comments are more of an attractive nuisance than something
 anyone wants to manage. Or they're disabling WP comments in favor of sass
 solutions like Disqus.

 Comments were unquestionably a unique and huge benefit in the early blog-
 focused days of WordPress.  They're not obsolete on all sites (like links
 became), just obsolete on a lot of sites.

Ticket URL: <https://core.trac.wordpress.org/ticket/27111#comment:33>
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