The last released version of XenWord included a new checkbox option, replacing the use of "allow comments" as the conditional. This works well for people who rely on promoting threads.
This morning, I was exchanging forum posts with someone who was explaining the default off position made posting laborious.
A new switch is now in the XenWord settings panel to change the default off to on. This should help.
Translation is also an issue. I was under the impression that the text domain was included with phrases. Apparently some are missing. I'm going through the code to find and fix the missing text domain code.