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Multiple Account Detection & Prevention
Mod Version: 1.1.3, by Kiros72 (Coder) Kiros72 is offline
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vB Version: 3.7.x Rating: (85 votes - 4.87 average) Installs: 1022
Released: 17 Dec 2008 Last Update: 01 Apr 2009 Downloads: 5539
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It happens all of the time. Some members will make multiple accounts to back their own opinion or get an extra vote in a poll. Here's a modification that will detect and prevent multiple accounts, as well as notify the administration about multiple accounts. Inspiration for this modification came from the work of MPDev (creator of the Multiple Account Login Detector) and randominity (creator of the Multiple Account Registration Prevention). This is basically a combination of those two modifications but with new and improved functionality.

This is not an update to the "Multiple Account Login Detector (AE Detector)" nor is it an update to the "Multiple Account Registration Prevention." If you have either one of these (or both of them) installed, you should uninstall them before installing this modification.

With the initial release of Multiple Account Detection & Prevention, I believe that I have fixed previous bugs/complications as well as improved the efficiency and logic of the code. This is my first publicly released modification. I would appreciate any comments and suggestions!

Confirmed! This works perfectly on all vBulletin 3.6, 3.7, and 3.8 versions.

Unfortunately, I cannot give support right now. I may be able to help periodically, but until my schedule yields some more free time, I won't be much support. Please check back in a week or two.

Basic Details
File Edits: None
Template Edits: None
New Files: 6
Hooks/Plugins: 3
Global Phrases: 36
Install Time: 2 Minutes or Less
Install Difficulty: None, Very Easy

Features and Settings
- Login Detection
- Registration Prevention (Multiple Methods)
- Ignore Child Accounts
- Ignored Users
- Ignored Usergroups
- Ignored ISPs
- Prevention Usergroup
- IP Address Based Prevention
- Extended IP Address Prevention
- IP Address Time Inclusion
- Banned Account Check
- Primary Banned Usergroup
- Cookie Expiration Time
- Cookie Refreshing
- Cookie Name
- Cookie Reset
- Multiple Account Reporter
- Reports via PM
- PM Report Recipients
- Reports via New Thread
- Forum for Report Threads
- Verbose Mode
- BB Codes: LIST, URL, CODE

How it Works
With every newly recognized login/registration, an account-counting cookie is set (or added onto) with the member's User ID. Depending on the settings, Multiple Account Detection & Prevention will analyze the cookie during login/registration to see if there are any multiple accounts.

Login Detection offers cookie-checking and reporting. Registration Prevention offers the same thing, plus more advanced features. First of all, when it prevents an account from registering, it actually moves the registrant to the Prevention Usergroup so that the administration can review the case. This also allows for customized privileges for recognized multiple registrants. Registration Prevention also has IP address detection which finds out just as much information about users. Depending on an administrator's preference, this modification can also reban a new registrant if one of their previous accounts has been banned. In fact, if the administration wishes, multiple registrants can simply be denied registration all together.

Whenever there is a detection/prevention, the modification will report the information to the administration through private messages, a new thread, or both (depending on settings). The Multiple Account Reporter can be any valid user.

Known Issues
- vB Optimise users: Reporting via thread seems to get messed up by vB Optimise, so try reporting via PM instead.
- PhotoPost vBGallery users: The registration handling appears to not work properly when PhotoPost vBGallery is enabled.

From what I can tell, these known clashes have been caused by the other modification's coding. The author of vB Optimise will not even work with me to fix it. Until they improve their coding, I'm not sure if I can do anything about these issues. As far as I know, administrators that do not use the above modifications will not have any problems.

Installation / Upgrade
Unzip the package (madp.zip), upload the files to your forum location, and import the product file (allow overwrite if upgrading). Please read the ReadMe.txt file that is packaged with the modification for more information.

Please remember to mark this modification as installed if you use it!
If you like it, nominate it for the Mod of the Month!

Thank you!

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Screenshots

admincprep.png   admincpop1.png   admincpop2.png   threadregverbose.png  

threadloginverbose.png   threadregip_disallow.png  

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Old 17 Dec 2008, 04:00
Kiros72 Kiros72 is offline
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Real name: Ben Arnett
History (Changelog)

1.1.3 (March 31, 2009)
- Fixed a bug that caused reporting errors for owners of multiple accounts

1.1.2 (March 31, 2009)
- Fixed a bug that caused some IP address confusion
- Fixed a bug in login that caused reporting for deleted 'ghost' accounts
- Fixed a bug in registration that may have caused false negatives

1.1.1 (January 13, 2009)
- Fixed a bug that caused an "empty" warning when checking Ignored ISPs
- Removed a useless variable in the Login Detection plugin

1.1.0 (December 30, 2008)
- Fixed a bug from stripos() that caused an error within PHP4
- Added BB Code options for reporting
- Added Verbose Mode with bunches of details
- Added Silent Mode
- Added several different methods for Registration Prevention, including disallow
- Added more phrases and made everything 100% phrase-based
- Improved small bits of code to be more efficient
- Revised a few more AdminCP Help Topics
- Revised phrases to be flexible with BB Code options
- Revised line breaks to be correct on Windows servers
- Rearranged the options in AdminCP, reporting settings are now separate

1.0.4 (December 27, 2008)
- Fixed a bug that caused the account-counting cookie to not be set or read properly
- Fixed a bug that caused multiple registrants to be placed in the wrong Usergroup

1.0.3 (December 19, 2008)
- Added 'Cookie Name' setting
- Added AdminCP setting validation code, AdminCP will complain if a setting is bad
- Revised code to be completely compliant with the vBulletin standard
- Rearranged the order of options in AdminCP

1.0.2 (December 19, 2008)
- Fixed an interpretation issue with the & entity, thanks 'ray-'
- Fixed a check that may have let some multiple accounts go undetected during login
- Added 'Ignored ISPs' setting
- Added 'Cookie Reset' option
- Added support for spaces in all 'Ignored' fields
- Added a blank index file (index.html) in the /madp/ directory
- Improved cookie-processing efficiency: replaced strstr() with strpos()/stripos()
- Improved ip-checking function efficiency slightly: removed an unnecessary variable
- Revised a few AdmcinCP Help Topics

1.0.1 (December 16, 2008)
- Fixed a careless mistake that lead to false positives with IP Address Prevention

1.0.0 (December 16, 2008)
- Initial Release

Last edited by Kiros72; 01 Apr 2009 at 02:54. Reason: Updated.
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Old 17 Dec 2008, 04:14
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Thank you. Installed.
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Old 17 Dec 2008, 04:16
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Old 17 Dec 2008, 04:26
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Edit:

This is no longer in the beta stage. Please read the Known Issues.

Last edited by Kiros72; 17 Dec 2008 at 13:07.
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Old 17 Dec 2008, 06:39
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I'm going to give this a go. just wondering tho, is there a way to stop it showing detected accounts from certain IP address. eg. AOL etc.
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Old 17 Dec 2008, 11:38
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Thank you, good job!.
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Old 17 Dec 2008, 12:49
Kiros72 Kiros72 is offline
 
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Originally Posted by hornstar1337 View Post
I'm going to give this a go. just wondering tho, is there a way to stop it showing detected accounts from certain IP address. eg. AOL etc.
In the current state, no, there's not a way to do that. I'll take that as a suggestion for a future release, however, I can't guarantee anything.

Edit:

By the way, it seems that I did fix the only bug with the 1.0.1 version. I thought that I failed to do so because I accidentally uploaded the fixed version to the wrong directory on my forum. Everyone that has version 1.0.1 (as of now) should be fine. I'll start focusing on coding for suggestions.

Last edited by Kiros72; 17 Dec 2008 at 13:10.
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Old 17 Dec 2008, 14:36
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I used to use the original Multiple Account Login Detector and unfortunately had to uninstall it as it simply stopped working. So this mod is a god send.

Before diving in I have one question - I would like to run this mod in "silent mode" by this I mean that users will be allowed to create and use multiple accounts but their presence is reported to the mod team by creating a thread is a designated mod forum.

Does this mod allow me to do this?
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Old 17 Dec 2008, 14:59
alessai alessai is offline
 
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could you please add one more feature, can you add some kind of a note in the postbit about the other account the user uses?? and when i come to band someone the same thing appear???? because i have about 20 warning a day about multiple accounts and its a waste of time to check each time if the user has another account when i want to band some1
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Old 17 Dec 2008, 15:33
Rene Kriest Rene Kriest is offline
 
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I'll definitely give this addon a try. Almost anything that sends a forum arzehole to hell is appreaciated.

Trust me, forum trolls and fake user are a plague.
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Old 17 Dec 2008, 15:35
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hello. is it bug-free? or a beta?

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Old 17 Dec 2008, 18:58
Kiros72 Kiros72 is offline
 
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Originally Posted by MrEyes View Post
I used to use the original Multiple Account Login Detector and unfortunately had to uninstall it as it simply stopped working. So this mod is a god send.

Before diving in I have one question - I would like to run this mod in "silent mode" by this I mean that users will be allowed to create and use multiple accounts but their presence is reported to the mod team by creating a thread is a designated mod forum.

Does this mod allow me to do this?
Somewhat, yes. But you have to trick it. For the Login Detection, it will always just notify you - no user will be moved to any Usergroup or anything like that. To trick the Registration Prevention from preventing an account, turn off the Reban option, and set an incorrect Usergroup ID for the Prevention Usergroup (i.e. an ID to a Usergroup that does not exist). This will still allow the modification to report each incident to you, and it will let you know that the Prevention Usergroup is set incorrectly, so the multiple registrant will not be prevented. I may add an option for this later, but since it has this workaround, this will be at a lower priority.

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could you please add one more feature, can you add some kind of a note in the postbit about the other account the user uses?? and when i come to band someone the same thing appear???? because i have about 20 warning a day about multiple accounts and its a waste of time to check each time if the user has another account when i want to band some1
I'll be happy to add in a feature if I can, but I do not understand what you are trying to ask me. Could you please reword your request?

Originally Posted by Rene Kriest View Post
I'll definitely give this addon a try. Almost anything that sends a forum arzehole to hell is appreaciated.

Trust me, forum trolls and fake user are a plague.
I know... Trust me, I know.

Originally Posted by Forum-Germany View Post
hello. is it bug-free? or a beta?
Yes, it is bug-free. The latest version (1.0.1) is stable and there are no known issues, and it should work flawlessly.
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Old 17 Dec 2008, 19:21
Forum-Germany Forum-Germany is offline
 
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a German translation, there is not it?
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Old 17 Dec 2008, 23:20
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The file in the root "Madp" copy? OKEY, you must also create htaccess?
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