Is there a way (hacks, plugins…) to completely disable comments in WP?
By this, I mean completely hiding the feature from view automatically, for existing and new users alike. In particular:
- the WP admin bar and menu
- the posts, pages and medias list, their screen options, and their filters
- the post, page and media editor and their screen options
- the widgets screen
- the applicable settings screens
And of course, disabling the functionality.
I've run into a variety of aging hacks to do part of this, namely and mostly code to disable meta boxes and a handful of hacks to auto-disable comments. I'm turning to SO in the hopes that some web designer or developer might have the entire set of features on hand.
If not, might there be new APIs from the past 3-4 years that make the process simpler (my WP skills are getting rusty), or is seeing it through going to be an awkward output buffer manipulation-related hack?