OK, I read this and then thought about it and since no matter what I do my blogs (all my own domain wp installs) end up with spam, spam, spam ... I caved and "asked for an invite" to wp.com and am waiting. No biggie. I am content to wait.
Then I decided to look deeper, looked at FLOCK and downloaded it. What I don't get is:
Download Flock ..."
What does THAT mean? I downloaded FLOCK and added my blogs to it, that much is nice. But how does it help with wp.com ... ?
Do I still need to get the API and install (Akismet) WP Plugin for each of my standalone blogs?
I am thinking I do, from reading this thread, but it's not clearly stated anywhere I've looked and read.
I'm fully tired of the spam fighting and ready to come under some umbrella for a bit of relief. So this is all highly worth doing for those of us who are sick and tired.
I am speaking from a perspective of one who gets very little commenting from real people. I spend most of my comment reading looking at cruddy spam, and I can't stand that. I don't mind having few visitors that comment, I am not writing to get comments, but like real ones, so any collaborative effort offered to get one who chooses out of the spam-solo-fight-mode is laudable. :)
I have work to do, to undo-my spam plugins, so I would be kindly appreciative of knowing how long it might take to know about the API invite, and what I have to do on my standalones to fight spam with this tool while using FLOCK , and if it has any benefit without the wp.com api towards spam fighting or not.
I want that functionality, and so I just want clarity.