off topic, but with the advent this AND of wp.com, AND the little link at the bottom of askimet.com which leads here: http://automattic.com/ AND the little leap in pagerank that wp.org has taken lately, I'll make a little wager with anyone: my 100 bucks says wordpress is sold to the highest Mountain View, CA bidder within the next year.
and not to kill a dead horse, but Mac, you've always been a yes man :P
On topic : I am quite happy with my current spam situation or rather, lack of spam situation. Using a plugin that requires a key, or already has a commercial cost associated with it, or could possibly be fee-based in the future is not going to be something I want to be involved in. Thanks but no thanks.
I think Ill go blog that little wager idea.