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NoSpam! for vBulletin 3.5
Mod Version: 3.0, by antialiasis (Coder) antialiasis is offline
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This modification is in the archives.
vB Version: 3.5.7 Rating: (19 votes - 5.00 average) Installs: 158
Released: 13 Dec 2006 Last Update: 08 Feb 2007 Downloads: 1589
Not Supported Uses Plugins Template Edits  

This hack, originally for 3.6, has now finally been fully converted to proper 3.5 format, where it will undoubtedly be even more useful than on 3.6, given the stronger default CAPTCHA protection in 3.6.

Note that this was tested on 3.5.7. If you have an older version and it is not working (or, in fact, if you have 3.5.7 and it's not working), please post in the hack thread at vBulletin.org with the details of what is working, what is not working, and what version you do have.

The method by which this version prevents guests from using Quick Search (to save them from getting a confusing "You answered the NoSpam! question incorrectly" message when they attempt it) is considerably less elegant than on 3.6 where it uses the simple $show['quicksearch'] switch which was only added in 3.6, but it works. Any pointers on improving it would be very much appreciated, however.

To quote from the other thread:

This simple hack is meant as a replacement for the default CAPTCHA system in vBulletin. There are two main reasons one might want to do this: firstly, new technology is constantly being developed to crack CAPTCHA images and make spam accounts anyway, and secondly, the more secure the CAPTCHA, the more difficult it is for genuine users to tell what the numbers in the image are. There is also the issue of visually impaired users, and the fact that not all servers are capable of generating CAPTCHA images.

So what does this hack do instead? It asks a question. Any question you want. That's the best part: YOU make up the questions, which means that every forum is unique, which means that it is impossible for spambots to be simply programmed to bypass it at all forums with the hack installed. You can make one or many questions - if you make many, the hack will pick one at random when a guest attempts to register, search, post or send mail through the Contact Us form. Their input is compared with your specified answer, and voilą, if they get it right they're pretty much guaranteed to be human. If they get it wrong, they're given an error message.

It doesn't have to be a complicated question. Heck, you can just make it "Please type 'blah' into this box." Or you can go with inserting a simple image with HTML and ask what is shown on the image. Or you can ask them to tell you two plus two. It's up to you. In fact, this can also be used as a means of forcing people to read the rules by asking for a certain password found there, or if your forum focuses on a specialized subject, ask a question concerning the subject that all your genuine users will be able to answer, but a random troll or "CAPTCHA-sweatshop-reader" will be scratching their head over.

It's simple to install, too: just one product to import, and that's it.


VERSION HISTORY:

3.0: Added functionality to allow users to specify which pages should use NoSpam!.
2.0: Extended the NoSpam! functionality to guest posts, guest searches and guest "Contact Us" in addition to registration. First 3.5 release.
1.1: Made template edit in 3.6 automatic (with thanks to Cole2026), added ability to have more than one answer to each question, and made answers case insensitive. To upgrade, I recommend undoing the template edit so you won't have to worry about it anymore (replace $nospamfield in the template register with $imagereg, or if you added $nospamfield above $imagereg, just remove $nospamfield altogether), and then reimport the product through the Admin CP (making sure that Allow Overwrite is set to On).
1.0: Initial 3.6 release.


INSTALLATION:

1. Import product-nospam-35.xml through the Admin CP product manager.
2. Go to your vBulletin options in the Admin CP and select NoSpam! Settings. Once there, turn the system on and input your questions and answers according to the instructions there.

The system should now be functional and running.


UNINSTALLATION:

Just uninstall the product through the Admin CP.


SUPPORT:

Full support will be given in this thread. All suggestions are welcome.

Thank you and please click "Mark as Installed" if you like it.

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  #2  
Old 13 Dec 2006, 21:49
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Rich Rich is offline
 
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Real name: Rich
Hello,

Thanks for porting this for everyone still using 3.5. I actually downloaded the 3.6 and used that one without any issues. (I made a few changes to it manually.) I have experienced GREAT results with the spam activity, or lack of, since I incorporated this. I am actually using this in conjunction with the captcha images.

Thanks again!
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Old 14 Dec 2006, 00:12
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PoetJA-1975 PoetJA-1975 is offline
 
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Yes = thank you very much for this! I just posted in the 3.6.x thread about getting this to work with Quick Register: http://www.vbulletin.org/forum/showt...quick+register

Any help will be appreciated!

Excellent excellent vB modification - How can I vote for this as Mod of the Month?

Thanx again!

Jacquii.
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Old 14 Dec 2006, 02:05
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antialiasis antialiasis is offline
 
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Okay, I figured out how to make it work with QuickRegister.

Edit the plugin "Generate and insert NoSpam! question" on the hook global_start.

FIND the line


Block Disabled:      (Update License Status)  
Suspended or Unlicensed Members Cannot View Code.

and MOVE this line to just ABOVE this line a little below:


Block Disabled:      (Update License Status)  
Suspended or Unlicensed Members Cannot View Code.

Now SAVE the plugin.

Now go to the Template Manager and edit the quick_register template. In the template, find these lines:


Block Disabled:      (Update License Status)  
Suspended or Unlicensed Members Cannot View Code.

BELOW them, add this:


Block Disabled:      (Update License Status)  
Suspended or Unlicensed Members Cannot View Code.

Now save the template, and you should be good to go.

And voting Mod of the Month is located in the Mod Options below "Mark as Installed".
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Old 14 Dec 2006, 02:22
Sooner95 Sooner95 is offline
 
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awsome, man I need this. Thx.
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Old 14 Dec 2006, 15:09
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PoetJA-1975 PoetJA-1975 is offline
 
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Originally Posted by antialiasis View Post
Okay, I figured out how to make it work with QuickRegister.

Edit the plugin "Generate and insert NoSpam! question" on the hook global_start.

FIND the line


Block Disabled:      (Update License Status)  
Suspended or Unlicensed Members Cannot View Code.

and MOVE this line to just ABOVE this line a little below:


Block Disabled:      (Update License Status)  
Suspended or Unlicensed Members Cannot View Code.

Now SAVE the plugin.

Now go to the Template Manager and edit the quick_register template. In the template, find these lines:


Block Disabled:      (Update License Status)  
Suspended or Unlicensed Members Cannot View Code.

BELOW them, add this:


Block Disabled:      (Update License Status)  
Suspended or Unlicensed Members Cannot View Code.

Now save the template, and you should be good to go.

And voting Mod of the Month is located in the Mod Options below "Mark as Installed".
EXCELLENT - Thanx very much!
No I have NoSpam! installed on vBadvanced pages!
Much appreciation and respect for this modification = AWESOME!

Jacquii.
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Old 14 Dec 2006, 15:10
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PoetJA-1975 PoetJA-1975 is offline
 
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Thumbs up Awesome!

Originally Posted by antialiasis View Post
Okay, I figured out how to make it work with QuickRegister.

Edit the plugin "Generate and insert NoSpam! question" on the hook global_start.

FIND the line


Block Disabled:      (Update License Status)  
Suspended or Unlicensed Members Cannot View Code.

and MOVE this line to just ABOVE this line a little below:


Block Disabled:      (Update License Status)  
Suspended or Unlicensed Members Cannot View Code.

Now SAVE the plugin.

Now go to the Template Manager and edit the quick_register template. In the template, find these lines:


Block Disabled:      (Update License Status)  
Suspended or Unlicensed Members Cannot View Code.

BELOW them, add this:


Block Disabled:      (Update License Status)  
Suspended or Unlicensed Members Cannot View Code.

Now save the template, and you should be good to go.

And voting Mod of the Month is located in the Mod Options below "Mark as Installed".
EXCELLENT - Thanx very much!
No I have NoSpam! installed on vBadvanced pages!
Much appreciation and respect for this modification = AWESOME!

Jacquii.
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Old 15 Dec 2006, 12:34
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This was exactly what I wanted. Was getting so tired of spambots registering, even though I had spambuster which got rid of their posts. Now they can't even register in the first place! Good job. This mod also doubles as an idiot filter if they can't answer whatever question you put.
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Old 16 Dec 2006, 18:30
Quarterbore Quarterbore is offline
 
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This worked so well for my 3.6 forums and I am so thankful to get this for my last 3.5.x board... The darned spammers have a suprise in store for them!
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Old 01 Jan 2007, 15:31
apnet apnet is offline
 
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Great stuff!!!

Used on v3.5.4 with no problems.
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Old 08 Jan 2007, 22:43
firewoofer firewoofer is offline
 
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Is it possible to use this to prevent spam on unregistered users posting? Our registration is system is 100% invite only but we have a particular forum where we allow unregistered users to post, but we are getting spammed, how can we use this to prevent that?
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Old 09 Jan 2007, 00:11
noreturn noreturn is offline
 
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no questions

Hi -
I just installed on 3.5.3 and I can not get the question to appear in the quick register. The field for the answer displays, but not the question. Nothing at all in front of the field for the answer.
Can some one tell me what to triple check?

It does display properly in the regular registration for me.

Thanks.
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Old 13 Jan 2007, 20:55
KipLarson KipLarson is offline
 
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Has anyone tried on 3.52? If not I will be doing so soon and will post back my results.

As for the quick register thing... what do you guys mean by that? Is that some other hack? The only way people register on my forums is by clicking the register button. (lol)
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Old 13 Jan 2007, 21:00
noreturn noreturn is offline
 
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Originally Posted by KipLarson View Post
Has anyone tried on 3.52? If not I will be doing so soon and will post back my results.

As for the quick register thing... what do you guys mean by that? Is that some other hack? The only way people register on my forums is by clicking the register button. (lol)
Yes it's another hack.
Located Here http://www.vbulletin.org/forum/showt...quick+register
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Old 14 Jan 2007, 10:10
KipLarson KipLarson is offline
 
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Tested in 3.52 and it works! Sweet Sweet Hack. I turned off the captcha image thing so it's only being protected by NoSpam! right now, will post back with my results.
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