When I used blogspot (decades ago, in the dark ages) I would comment out my technorati tag links, and my comments on my code that I customized for blogspot. When I imported to WP dot com (2005, I believe) from blogspot, the comments forced the sidebar to the bottom.
It was very time consumining to edit all of my posts to remove the comments. After days of trying I gave up, and decided to just live with it. Not happily, but live with it I did. I just figured it was part of WP dot com. Now that I have my own site, and have started seeing old posts being hit (politics, and some local news); it's becoming an issue again.
OK I totally understand why you would not want this on WP dot com. What I don't get is why this does not work on a hosted version.
Is there a way to fix this? I tried using the PHP comment, but that does not work.
If this can not be fixed, then I may just have to rip out the comments via SQL (anyone have clue how I can do that?).