Disable comments by default on new pages and custom post types, while still giving you the ability to individually set them on a page or post basis.
By default, WordPress gives you two options. You can either disable comments and trackbacks by default for all pages and posts, or you can have them active by default. Unfortunately, there is no specific WordPress setting that allows comments and trackbacks to be active by default for posts, while disabling them on pages or any other post type.
There have been workarounds created by disabling comments site-wide on all pages and/or posts, but what if you actually want to have comments on a page or two? The difference between this plugin and others is that it will automatically uncheck to discussion settings boxes for you when creating a new page, while still giving you the flexibility to open comments up specifically on individual pages and post types.
Also, if you are looking for a quick way to disable all comments or pingbacks for a specific custom post type, that feature has now been built into the plugin. It directly interacts with your database to modify the status, so it is highly recommended that you backup your database first. There shouldn't be any issues with this feature, but it's always good to play it safe.