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On install comments should be off #105
While the chances of anyone getting spam before he gets a chance to turn comments off, are zero, in principal you should not have end points which can be abused active by default.
On fresh install comments should simply be off. At that state it is probably best to hide the discussion settings and the comments related admin (also in the post edit screen).
After spending some time to figure out what does it mean having comments off, especially when they are turned off after the site was installed in which case a user might still want to display comments, got to a decision that for now, it would be enough to turn the default to