Questions about akismet and rails

Currently looking at adding spam protection and notice that both the
Typo and
Mephisto folks have recently added Akismet. Two questions:

  • does anyone have any commentary to share about the availability and
    responsiveness of the spam checking?

  • anyone have an firm reason to worry about the amount of personal data
    required by their APIs? In other words, citation of this data being
    Lack of a privacy policy?

  • also, ultimately I’d prefer that this checking happen asynchronously
    to the
    rest of my comment collection. Can anyone point me to any solid
    examples or
    references for asynch rails calls from a model or controller?

Thanks in advance, Brittain