I haven't had the email subscription box on my blog for the LONGEST time and these people are STILL spamming my blog with fake "follows"!
I'm still getting about 3-5 of them subscribing every day, despite the only way to currently follow my blog being the unremovable follow button in the black admin bar, which is only visible to logged-in WP.com users.
I've gotten an unreasonable increase in so-called followers lately, most of which are clearly "follow" spammers just looking to attract traffic to their blogs, or commercial spammers, or religious wing-nuts, or foreign-language blogs, all on completely unrelated topics to my blog, all just auto-subscribing to as many blogs as possible.
This has got to stop. This is really too much. Most of these followers have absolutely nothing to do with the topic of my blog whatsoever, and there is no way to remove them. I wish we could control these fake "followers"! Please give us the ability to remove them, because they're only increasing.
I haven't posted to my blog in close to a month, and still I get many many of these new so-called "followers" every day. It almost makes me wonder, if I never posted to my blog again, how many of these new "followers" would I get? How high would my so-called (and now completely meaningless) "follower count" go? They just keep coming and coming and subscribing and subscribing one after the other. This has been going on at a steady pace for several weeks now.
This is also despite the fact that I recently deleted all tags and categories on my blog, so presumably my posts would not be showing up in any topics pages, so I don't even know how these scumbags are even finding my blog. They must be using an automated program to "follow" as many random, completely unrelated blogs as possible.
WordPress needs to have a way for bloggers to deal with these fake WP.com "followers". I am not talking about fake email followers, I am talking about fake "followers" with WP.com accounts and blogs.
This has got to stop. WP needs to have some way for us to deal with these random, unrelated "followers". I consider these fake so-called "followers" to be a rampant and particularly pestilential form of spam. Not only are they blatantly and shamelessly fishing for traffic to their own sites, but by being subscribed to our blogs and receiving each of our posts to their email, they can then use that to copy our content and pass it off as their own, and use it to make money off of our content, on splogs, etc. or they can use our content in other unethical ways.
Please provide a way for us to stop and control this sudden influx of fake "followers". It is LONG overdue.