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Spambot Stopper - Prevent Spambots from Registering
Mod Version: 1.1.1, by kh99 (Coder) kh99 is offline
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vB Version: 4.x.x Rating: (51 votes - 4.92 average) Installs: 413
Released: 01 Feb 2013 Last Update: 16 Feb 2013 Downloads: 1842
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What is it?
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This mod rejects registrations where the form is filled out in less than a minimum time. You can configure one of the following actions to be taken when an automated registration is detected:

- Show a "No Permissions" page
- Display the "Successful Registration" message but without creating an account
- Redirect the user to any URL you choose
- Reload the registration page with an error message of your choosing

You can also provide a list of email addresses to be notified each time a registration is blocked.

Added for version 1.1.1: Time delay enforcer, maximum time option, time limits to cut down on email notifications, posting to a thread.

In the future, I'd like to add some simple logging and statistics, and a summary type of email notification (because people seem to quickly get tired of the single emails).

Note: I coded this myself from scratch, but I would like to acknowledge a couple of previous mods that used this same idea, by users Calorie and noppid, and maybe others. In any case, I believe this one adds some features that the others don't have.

Other advantages: no ads or links, no abuse of update notifications, no disappearing features, no threats to delete the mod (it will never be deleted, at least by me). Also, translations are allowed.

Installation:
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1) If you have "Is Bot", "Stop the Registration Bots", "Spammers Suck!", or another mod that works on registration time, note any admincp settings for that mod then uninstall it.

2) Import the product XML file from the Product Manager.

3) Go to Settings > Options > Spambot Stopper Options and configure the desired settings.

4) IMPORTANT: try to register a new user to make sure that there are no problems with humans registering. If you want, you can also temporarily set the minimum time to a higher value (like 60 seconds) and test to see if the spammer rejection is working.



History:
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1.1.1 (Feb 16, 2013)
  • Added timer for enforcing minimum time
  • Added maximum registration time limit
  • Added time limits for email notifications
  • Added posting notificatiosn to a thread

1.0.1 (Feb 01, 2013)
  • Fixed bug
  • Added check for fake timestamps

1.0 (Jan 31, 2013)
  • Initial Release

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Old 26 Mar 2015, 23:28
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hmmmm.... this Missing or invalid check value was mention but never answered.

I still get it ever so often...
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Old 27 Mar 2015, 00:36
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Oh, yeah, that was asked a while back and I forgot to get back to it. Anyway, when a user requests the registration page, the mod adds the start time as a hidden value, and it also adds a check value so that the start time can't be faked. So if you get the message that it's missing or invalid it means that the check value wasn't submitted, it expired, or someone tried to fake it. My guess would be that it's either someone trying to submit a registration form without having requested the page first (like maybe some bots work that way), or else someone started a registration then left the browser window open and tried to complete it much later (like hours, but I don't remember exactly).
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Old 27 Mar 2015, 16:03
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Originally Posted by kh99 View Post
Oh, yeah, that was asked a while back and I forgot to get back to it. Anyway, when a user requests the registration page, the mod adds the start time as a hidden value, and it also adds a check value so that the start time can't be faked. So if you get the message that it's missing or invalid it means that the check value wasn't submitted, it expired, or someone tried to fake it. My guess would be that it's either someone trying to submit a registration form without having requested the page first (like maybe some bots work that way), or else someone started a registration then left the browser window open and tried to complete it much later (like hours, but I don't remember exactly).
Thanks for explaining this...
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Old 29 Mar 2015, 21:32
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Originally Posted by 409industries View Post
EDIT:

I forgot to ask. Does the latest version here in this thread need to be downloaded and installed to get gain this functionality?
This functionality is not yet part of the "mainstream" module. It is something I added to the module installed on my forum and sent the changes back to the developer of the mod. I am sure he will add this when he gets time to do it.
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Old 02 Apr 2015, 14:49
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How about making this for vbulletin 5 ?
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Old 02 Apr 2015, 15:06
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Originally Posted by mdawg View Post
How about making this for vbulletin 5 ?
I won't be doing that. I don't even have access to a vb5 license. But someone else who developed a similar mod (which has since been removed from this site) said that vb5 didn't have the necessary "hooks" (or whatever vb5 uses) to create this mod. I'm sure it could be done by modifying source files.
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Old 03 Apr 2015, 06:25
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Well, vb5 is the wave of the future! Eventually as it progresses that will be all people will be using. I was stuck in vb3 and vb4 for years but finally now upon upgrading to vb 5.1.6 I am glad that I did.
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Old 19 Apr 2015, 15:01
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So, from those who are using this -- Is this better than spam-o-matic?
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Old 19 Apr 2015, 15:08
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Originally Posted by MahdyE23 View Post
So, from those who are using this -- Is this better than spam-o-matic?
I use both
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Old 08 Jun 2015, 15:34
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Originally Posted by kh99 View Post
apleschu has been kind enough to share his additions, but I haven't had a chance to release them yet. But I will.
hi

any news about this?
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Old 08 Jun 2015, 17:37
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Originally Posted by X-or View Post
hi

any news about this?
You know, I forgot about this because I had kind of thought that apleschu posted his version as an attachment already, but I don't see it so I'm not sure what I was thinking. I'll see if I can get to it soon, or at least post what he gave me.
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Old 08 Jun 2015, 18:04
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awesome, thank you very much :-)
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Old 20 Jul 2015, 12:43
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sorry to ask again, but are we going to see an update anytime soon

the logs would be most useful to evaluate if banned users really are illegitimate
hesitating to install this without logs

thank you
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Old 20 Jul 2015, 13:06
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Sorry again. I'll try to take a quick look at what I was given and post that.
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Old 03 Aug 2015, 06:43
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Originally Posted by X-or View Post
sorry to ask again, but are we going to see an update anytime soon

the logs would be most useful to evaluate if banned users really are illegitimate
hesitating to install this without logs

thank you
I have to apologize again. I looked for this and couldn't find it. apleschu, if you're reading this, can you just go ahead and post you version here?
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