As bloggers on WordPress, we have the luxury to "unfollow" any blog that we have subscribed to (and to decide on the frequency of email reminders that we want to get), but we do not have this option when it comes to people subscribing to our blog. We are held hostage to stalkers who can freely enter our space and sabotage our work, because we can only be grateful that we have more followers (regardless of their quality or intention!).
Deleting a follower needs to be an option that "public" bloggers can enjoy. The option of deleting followers is available around other social media outlets, like Tumblr & Facebook. Tumblr is public, but I can still delete myself from other people's blogs, as well as delete them from mine. Why not on WordPress?
Why delete followers?
My experience with this is that a fellow crafter, who actually bought my jewelry at discounted prices and now is re-selling them in craft shows under the false pretense that she is my agent, is now following my blog - through email subscription. I am a victim of severe manipulation, and it would take me time to build my case, but meanwhile I would like to at least stop this person from stalking my every move by receiving email notifications every time I posted something on my WordPress blog. Because my readers include others who are genuinly interested in what I do, whereas she is there to come up with sneaky ideas to create lies and more lies. I just don't want to make it easy for her!
Someone suggested that she can subscribe through RSS. Well, as a matter of fact around my town, a few highly educated people know what RSS means, since the majority of people around here are not quite internet savvy. Internet only started a few years back, and only those who have lived abroad are quite knowledgeable of RSS and the likes (and I can remove the RSS sign on my blog and keep subscription via email to better monitor the situation).
I am positive WordPress is always on the lookout for new scenarios and experiences with users from different parts of the world to improve the WordPress Experience, so my hope is they will pick up on this issue and surprise us with a 2012 new "unfollow" button to delete un-wated followers.
If you agree, come on in and share, but if your nickname contain the word "time," then plz don't bother :) just kiddin!
The blog I need help with is karboojeh.wordpress.com.