I have upgraded to the latest WordPress nightly, 2004-02-04. The version says 1.5 Gamma, which seems to suggest that WordPress 1.5 is edging closer to release.
I have deactivated the Spaminator plugin that I have been using (which has been reporting 100s of comment spam per day for the past few days) and I am experimenting with the new blacklist feature. It seems to be pretty cool and simple. Any comments that have a word on the blacklist are automatically deleted…no questions asked. If it works well, then I don’t have to worry much more about spam except those that aren’t the typical spam that has something like p-ok-e*r- in it.