callumacrae wrote:If you give a new admin a choice between Akismet and a few random rubbish ones, they'll select one at random. Let's stop being political here, and give the users what is best for them. Sure, allow them to choose others should they wish, but default to Akismet.
I wasn't being "political", and I've advocated for removing the rubbish CAPTCHAs and only shipping Q&A (and maybe ReCAPTHA, on the principle that Google might make it useful again). I'm not arguing that the user must
have a choice, just that the option to have a choice is available.
In fact, you basically just echoled what I wanted. I want an architecture
that allows other content analysis plug-ins to be supported without having Akismet hard-coded into the core code. In other words, I want content analysis to be implemented like CAPTCHA support is, not like the blacklist support is. If phpBB only decides to ship with an Akismet plug-in, that's perfectly fine with me.
As an example of another content analysis plug-in, I've seen requests on phpBB.com to block posting if a post contained words in the censor list. Somebody could create a content analysis plug-in to do that without requiring phpBB to add an ACP option to support that feature. In fact, it would be nice if mutliple content analysis plug-ins could be chained, so somebody could use Akismet and one or more other plug-ins, too.
P.S. Personally, I find the posts in this topic saying that phpBB wouldn't ship support for something that required a paid service to be much more politicial.
If a paid service does something best, why not support it? Maybe we should also ship support for a free alternative, but I have no problem with free software supporting paid services as long as it isn't required
to use the paid to get the board to work.