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WordPress doesn't require commenter email address. Bug?

  • My blog is set to require that commenters enter an email address. If I try to leave a comment without an email, I get the standard error message: “ERROR: please fill the required fields (name, email).”

    Nevertheless, comments get added on my blog that have blank email addresses. There were 3 today.

    Every instance where this has happened was a spam comment. I am assuming that spammers are somehow bypassing the usual edits requiring and email address. I have XML-RPC enabled.

    I wanted to post this here for discussion before I report it in the bug system.

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