If you have been getting spammed when commenting on a blog because you forget to uncheck that tiny box that is now checked as default, there is a way that you can set up your own blog so it doesn’t happen to your commenters.
Go to your dashboard, click on settings, click on discussion. If you scroll all the way down there is a box where you will see:
Show a ‘follow comments’‘ option in the comment form
If you unclick that box, that option will not be available for your commentors so they won’t get spammed. For some reason you may have to do it twice.
Sure wish I would have figured it out sooner.