Even allowing the email just to not need a verification or and where I can post that the email doesnt need to be a validated. Where it would take them in right away by default. When I blocked new users from posting any links before X amount of posts in vb I had little issues with bots posting. I got them in signup and blacklisted email addresses and that kept that down. So not too worried about that for now.
I would love to use email more but at this point its cutting down my registration even from previous users wanting to post. Im even considering putting a link to guerrilla mail somewhere for people to use in the meantime.
I couldnt even signup with my own facebook account thats 7 years old and never had a problem with vb or any other site until this one rejects it.
I love the software and community but would rather pay for a workaround to this problem. I understand for most communities email is better but for mine its really not at this point.