I was wondering if there was a way to disable commenting on posts (those "Leave a Comment" messages) except for in the case of specific users.
I realize that you can deny posts to those unauthorized, but I don't even want to offer it to the viewer (no "Leave a Comment" link or corresponding text box). Right now I've whittled down my theme files so nothing shows, but I found using post by email (Postie plugin), that replies to a post (even those sent by myself) are posted as comments. Since comments are disabled, they don't display (they exist in the database, but just don't post publicly). I'm realize that I'm trying to thread a needle here.