First, you guys show us all a lot of love, and we appreciate every last one of you. TRULY!
However, it seems painfully obvious that nobody here cares about stopping spammers from the core of WP. I get ONE legit subscriber for every ONE HUNDRED fake email accounts by spammers wanting to spam my comments.
People have been BEGGING for this feature for SEVEN YEARS NOW:
The plugin "DM Confirm Email" is exactly what I want but it doesn't work on any of my 33 sites or any of their themes. So, it must be terribly bad code, and I don't need another security hole.
This "Confirmation Email" functionality should block any user details from being entered in the database until they click the confirm account link. Perhaps after say 72 hours the account details are auto-deleted if not confirmed - ** AWESOMENESS **
It just SEEMS like it should be a TOP PRIORITY but instead, isn't even anywhere in sight on the drawing board. It's become *almost impossible* to separate valuable customers from spam, which greatly reduces the usefulness of WordPress over Joomla, for me.
VERY (unnecessarily) frustrating. Thanks for reading my rant :)