If I am the only one who had problems then lets leave it as it is, but if
there are many others who have also set mouse-1-click-follows-link to nil,
perhaps we could make this the default.
The point of this feature was to cater to users who are accustomed
to other applications and expect mouse-1 to follow links. It can
only achieve this goal by being enabled by default. Your suggestion
would defeat the purpose.
The default should be determiuned by whatever beginners like best.