Not all sites need/want commenting. Implementing this as a plugin allows complete removal of commenting without having to add more code (such as the Disable Comments plugin).
If it’s a plugin, it can be added back when needed.
Read-only archive: https://petitions.classicpress.net/posts/89/remove-the-commenting-system-from-core-and-implement-as-optional-plugin
Author: Dave Jesch
Vote count: 37
The progress on the core plugin will be tracked here: