So this is what I've done thus far.
1. Downloaded the Akismet plugin.
2. Acquired two different WordPress.com API's (Confirmed with Matt that they are indeed "valid")
3. Enabled the plugin
4. Typed in the API and received this error for both API's: "Your key appears invalid. Double-check it."
I've emailed back and forth with Matt once or twice and he had a few ideas, but I think he's really busy working with WP2. Which is fine. He said something about it being my hosting's problem. I use site5.com. And think it would be hard to believe they would do something to complicate software.
Has anyone else had this problem and/or found a solution?
Are there other plugins that interfere with Akismet.
I am ready to start taking care of my spam, but it's getting pretty frustrating...