There are more robust solutions out there for protection against spam, and as this is an Automattic product it makes sense to remove it from a fork perspective.
What are the more robust solutions? But no reason why it has to be forced on install. I really like the idea of ClassicPress as a clean install without ANY plugins.
I think that we can remove from the default plugin and let to the users to choice.
This seems pretty straightforward to me. If anyone wants to submit a pull request for this one, please do it :)
Just received an email notification from Wade Streibel that removing Akismet—which I use, by the way—is "Planned for v1.0.0."
On a meta level: I've always thought of this plugin as spam.
The link under "Completed" here is not pointing to the right place. We actually didn't need to do anything to resolve this - adding Akismet to WordPress releases is done on the WordPress build servers, and we will not have this step.