I wish WordPress would eliminate the option of allowing people to "follow" blogs without ever receiving any emails of new posts from that blog. Eliminating the "off" option in receiving emails from a particular blog would eliminate the VAST amount of fake "followers" that use automated programs to spam as many blogs as possible with fake "follows" in order to build up interest and lure people to their own site.
These people are not genuine followers and fake "following" is SPAM, PERIOD. Fake "following", along with fake "liking" is a rampant form of spamming that is overtaking WordPress. People are just
"following" and "liking" as many blogs and posts as they can get their spammy little hands on in a shameless and blatant effort to lure naive people (who don't know any better and who don't recognize this as spam) to their own sites.
The telltale sign of "follow" spamming is a blog with a RIDICULOUS number of comments on their about page all effusively falling all over themselves thanking the blogger for "following" them.
Its obvious these people have no interest in any of the sites they "follow" and are just following as many sites as possible. Eliminating the "no emails" option for blogs we follow would cut out this problem, or at least go a long way toward limiting the number of fake "followers" who go around "following" as many blogs as possible.
If they had to receive emails on some regular frequency for all the blogs they "followed", then they might not be so eager or quick to spam hundreds and hundreds of blogs with fake "follows".
Also, WordPress could set some sort of upper limit on the maximum number of blogs that one could follow, because no one can legitimately read hundreds and hundreds of blog posts every day, no one legitimately has the time or is able to genuinely read SO many posts, and anyone "following" THAT many blogs is obviously only doing so for self-promotion.
I wish WordPress would do something to address this rampant problem of fake "followers" and fake "likers" because this is SPAM, pure and simple, and WordPress is doing absolutely nothing to stop it, and is even encouraging it.
I have steadily gotten about 2 to 3 of these new fake "followers" to my blog every single day for over a week now, and they only keep increasing. I report every single one to WordPress for spam activity, and I also report their gravatar profiles for spam activity too, but nothing is done to stop these people. My subscribers list has become meaningless and useless as it is overinflated with hundreds of these fake "followers" and gives no accurate indication of follower count anymore.
I am so sick of all these fake followers and likers who are only engaging in shameless self-promotional spam to lure in the naive who don't know any better. Please stop these spammers!
Thank you so much.
The blog I need help with is scriptorwrites.wordpress.com.