Instead of installing a million plugins to turn off features you don't want, why not use ONE plugin?
I don't like certain things, like curly 'smart' quotes and self pings. Instead of installing six or seven plugins to do this, I thought I'd make one plugin to cover the usual suspects. Instead of just disabling everything, Disabler lets you pick and choose what settings you want turned off, in a dead simple UI.
This plugin will let you disable/remove the following features:
Front End Settings
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Back End Settings
All options default to off, and get cleaned up on uninstall.
Note: Version 3.0.0 is just a rewrite of this plugin with PHP OOP and WordPress Settings API, the core of the plugin still remains the same. Issues when disabling certain features will be addressed in the subsequent releases.