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[GlowHost] Spam-O-Matic - Spam Firewall stops forum spam
Mod Version: 2.1.2, by GlowHost.com (Coder) GlowHost.com is offline
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vB Version: 4.x.x Rating: (512 votes - 4.79 average) Installs: 4402
Released: 05 Aug 2010 Last Update: 28 May 2013 Downloads: 20515
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If you install this mod, please mark this as "Installed."

VERSION 2.1.2 RELEASED 5/28/2013!


About Spam-O-Matic 2.x:
Spam-O-Matic 2.x (SOM) is a spam firewall for your vBulletin Forums version 4.x and later. It prevents known spammers from registering on your forums. If they can't register, they can't spam!

Languages Packs Available
English
German - Courtesy of Alex@bulletin (included in zip)
Romanian - Courtesy of Teascu Dorin's (included in zip)
Spanish - Courtesy of vbluis (included in zip)

How it Works
This data responsible for blocking user registrations comes from the stopforumspam.com (SFS) spammer database. After the user who is trying to register passes the built-in vBulletin registration checks which you have configured in your vBulletin settings, SOM then checks the SFS database to see if the IP, username, or email address that the user is trying to register with has been recently tagged as a known spam source on other forums around the Internet. Also can be configured to check the Akismet service for known comment spam.

This is without a doubt, one of the most important mods that you will be using on your forum.

Other Notable Stuff
It also does a ton of other cool stuff like moderating posts automatically if the post is found in the Akismet database, or if it contains words on your "Bad Words" keyword list which can be configured within the mod itself.

The mod WORKS with vBulletin's new Facebook integration.
This module works with all of the Facebook functions that are built into the vB4 series.
Similar mods do not handle Facebook integration completely.

This module has the ability to submit new spammer details to the StopForumSpam or Akismet databases automatically, all without any new templates or manual template modifications!

This means other forums that are running Spam-O-Matic will not have the same spammer on their forums if you have (automatically) reported the spammer to the SFS database.

Just install the product in the product manager, upload a few files, configure the system and you are done. (Estimated time: 5-10 minutes)

What's new in 2.1.0:
  • Fixed a problem with MySQL engine selection to make mod more compatible with different types of servers.
  • When SOM "Newbies Group" is activated + vB's native option to "Verify Email address in Registration" is activated at the same time, "Users Awaiting Email Confirmation" must click the verification link to become a newbie.
  • Added remove user, post, ban to user profile options in admincp under "Quick User Links"
  • Added German Language Pack
  • Optimized default settings to work with the needs of most forums
  • Added a new coupon for GlowHost (available after you submit a spammer)
  • Several other performance tuning options

Feature List:
  • Optional Public Statistics. Show off to the world how many bad guys you have automatically prevented from posting junk on your forum.
  • Auto-Moderation moderates posts that have links, bad words, and other configurable settings.
  • Auto-Moderation ignores your RSS posts.
  • Registration / Denial Logs available from Admincp > Statistics and Logs
  • Optional "Newbies" Manager! After registration, newly registered users can be placed in a "Newbies" group which has more limited permissions as compared to your regular "Registered Users" group. Newbies will graduate to your Registered Users group based on your required post count settings.
  • Auto-Submit Spammers from the moderation tools menu on each postbit.
  • Remove Posts, threads, PMs, Calendar Events from your spammer in one easy wizard. No double logins needed.
  • Shows other users who signed up with the same IP. (Sleeping Spammers)
  • Optional Affiliate System
  • ~50 customizable settings to fine-tune Spam-O-Matic to your exact needs.


A) StopForumSpam:
The StopForumSpam Module lets you:
  • Check a registrant's IP address.
  • Check a registrant's email address.
  • Check a registrants Username.
  • Disable or enable any of the above checks.
  • Block and log, or, allow and log known spammers.
  • All registration attempts are logged for your viewing pleasure.
  • Several other performance tuning options
If a user (or bot) tries to register on your forum and they pass the built-in vBulletin registration system. (Human verification, email verification, etc), their registration details are then passed to the Spam-O-Matic firewall for further checking.

NOTE: You should use some sort of human verification checking in vBulletin's built-in options to limit the number of requests to the already heavily-loaded StopForumSpam database servers. This will also prevent additional load because SOM will not have to do anything if the bot/spammer fails preliminary registration validation which is built-into vBulletin itself.

It is completely invisible to humans who are registering that this process is taking place. Bots are stopped dead in their tracks.

If a spammer is able to sneak past the first line of defense, and manages to post, then there are secondary, tertiary, and, uh...4th level protections too!

B) Auto-Moderation:
Auto Moderation lets you:
  • Define how many URLs a new member can post before being sent to moderation.
  • Define keywords that will send a post to Auto-moderation (viagra, porn, more here)
  • Define minimum post count to avoid Auto-moderation.
  • Excludes admin and moderators from Auto-moderation.
  • Completely disable Auto-moderation if you don't want it.
C) Akismet Service
Spammers that make it past the StopForumSpam and Auto-Moderation will be checked against the Akismet service. If they manage to make a post, and then are found on Akismet, they can be auto-moderated.

The Akismet settings let you:
  • Set the number of posts that Akismet will check from each user. After this number is exceeded, Akismet checking will be disabled for that user.
  • Auto-Submit spammers that post on your boards back to the Akismet service so that other forums and blogs do not do not receive the same spam.
  • Completely disable the Akismet service.
D) Newbies Manager
Should you decide to enable this option, you can create a new usergroup and then tell Spam-O-Matic about it. Once SOM knows about this usergroup, and once enabled, all new users will be part of the Newbies group. The idea here is that you make a Newbies group that has limited forum permissions. For example, no signatures, no BB code, no images, and etc. This group is created completely in the vB admincp. Spam-O-Matic simply makes it the graduation process to the normal Registered Users group, automatic.
Learn More and Discuss the Newbies Manager here.

Punitive Actions:
If you find a spammer has made it past your 4 front-lines of defense, and has managed to post on your forum, then you can help the community...

The spammer's details can be sent to the Stop Forum Spam and Akismet databases automatically, preventing them from registering or posting on other forums. When other forums do the same, the protection is reciprocated.

Simply moderate a post and choose the option to "Delete Posts As Spam..." an then choose the option to "Ban User." Banning the user sends their details to either Akismet, StopForumSpam, (or both) depending on how you set it up.

API Keys:
API Keys are not required for this system to stop spammers on your forums. But you should obtain them so that your forum can contribute to the real-time block lists.

A StopForumSpam API key is required if you want to contribute to the StopForumSpam blacklists by adding your spammers to their database. By submitting spammers you help keep other forums and blogs clean.

An Akismet API key is required if you want to enable any Akismet auto-moderation features in this module. Akismet API key is not required for all Auto-Moderation functions.

You can obtain a Stop Forum Spam API key which is free from stopforumspam.com.

Get your StopForumSpam API Key Here

You can obtain an Akismet API key from Akismet.com.
Akismet offers free and paid API keys so choose your version based on your situation.

Get your Akismet API Key Here

Why it is better than the other anti-spam solutions on vBulletin.org:
  • Works with all of vBulletin 4 functions including Facebook automatic registration.
  • Report spammers that you find to the Stop Forum Spam Database.
  • Report spammers that you find to the Akismet Database.
  • Built-in Auto-moderation.
  • Auto-moderation rules based on post count.
  • Auto-moderation rules based keywords.
  • Auto-moderation rules based Akismet results.
  • Enable or disable any actions that you do not want.
  • Customizable "Registration Rejected" message.
  • Consolidates 4 popular methods of spam prevention into one product.
  • No Manual Template Modifications!
  • Lots of community support!
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Compatibility:
vBulletin 4.0.x

Server Requirements:
Curl or allow_url_fopen must be compiled/enabled into PHP. Ask your web host to enable curl or allow_url_fopen if it is not already available on your server's PHP configuration. (Or just host with GlowHost.com, where it already is

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Donations:

If you like this mod, sure, you can donate!

Donations can be all sorts of things:
1) The "Give Thanks" option in your settings is an optional link back to GlowHost Web Hosting.
2) Tell your friends and others about this mod.
3) If you are in need of web hosting, please consider ordering it from the hosting and development professionals at GlowHost.com who were able to develop this mod to you.
4) Help others who are having trouble with this mod by posting tips and suggestions in this forum thread.
5) Cash! Use the "Support Developer" option on the top right of this page.

When you choose to donate, you are contributing to the product development, bug fixes and new releases for SOM and are helping to feed our hungry developers and their families! In other words, your donations helps to cover the time and money spent to develop this system.

The entire team at GlowHost thanks you for your help and support!

We hope you enjoy the mod!

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Installation:

1) Download the attached file
2) Mark As Installed
3) SOM 2.x does not support updates from the v1.x series.
When upgrading to version 2.x, please, be sure to remove any other existing version of SOM 1.x from the product manager before installing v2.x series. Also make sure to remove /forum/includes/xml/bitfield_glowhostspamomatic.xml from version 1 if you had it installed.

4) Extract the zip file, and view the readme file for the rest of the instructions.

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Original concept credits go to the authors of vBStopForumSpam, MonkeyStop.

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Old 02 Mar 2012, 17:22
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They probably have fewer posts than the minimum to not be moderated.
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Old 02 Mar 2012, 20:20
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Works great for me on 4.1.11 ! Thanks!
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Old 08 Mar 2012, 13:58
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Real name: Tyler S.
Originally Posted by Alibass View Post
I tried going back to v1.2.8 after a complete uninstall and I started getting a DB error while trying to import xml file. So I re-installed v2.0.1 and looks like my issue is a mod conflict with KeyCAPTCHA here.
I disabled KeyCAPTCHA mod and now SOM is displaying stats on forum home page and in the logs in admincp. It would be nice if I could get both mods to work together like I did when I had v1.2.8 installed.
I have disabled and even uninstalled Keycaptcha, but the stats are still not showing on my home page. All it shows is the "Spam-O-Matic Statistics" and nothing underneath.
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Old 08 Mar 2012, 18:38
Jay A Kelley Jay A Kelley is offline
 
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Wish this would work

I have a clean install with 3 members. Using Darkvision skins.. I am getting the following errors when trying to enter articles in CMS


Warning: require_once(includes/functions_ghsom.php) [function.require-once]: failed to open stream: No such file or directory in [path]/includes/class_dm_threadpost.php(1771) : eval()'d code on line 16

Fatal error: require_once() [function.require]: Failed opening required 'includes/functions_ghsom.php' (include_path='.:/usr/lib/php') in /home/compa37/public_html/infotech/forum/includes/class_dm_threadpost.php(1771) : eval()'d code on line 16

Then.. This is the error I get when people try to register...

Warning: require_once(includes/functions_ghsom.php) [function.require-once]: failed to open stream: No such file or directory in [path]/register.php(338) : eval()'d code on line 10

Fatal error: require_once() [function.require]: Failed opening required 'includes/functions_ghsom.php' (include_path='.:/usr/lib/php') in /home/compa37/public_html/infotech/forum/register.php(338) : eval()'d code on line 10


All of these errors go away when I turn Spam-0-matic so I am guessing that's the cause.

Any fixes? I'd love to use this, but can't with all these errors
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Old 08 Mar 2012, 18:50
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you dont have the file uploaded to the right folder or not uploaded at all
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Old 08 Mar 2012, 22:31
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Hello,

I'm trying to install on a freshly upgraded 4.1.11 board and am getting the following error when importing the product:


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

Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.
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Old 08 Mar 2012, 23:11
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Originally Posted by big dan View Post
Hello,

I'm trying to install on a freshly upgraded 4.1.11 board and am getting the following error when importing the product:


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

Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.
Run this sql
DROP TABLE IF EXISTS `glowhostspamomatic_log`;
CREATE TABLE `glowhostspamomatic_log` (
`date` datetime NOT NULL,
`ip` varchar(15) NOT NULL,
`email` varchar(255) NOT NULL,
`username` varchar(255) NOT NULL,
`message` varchar(255) NOT NULL,
`is_blocked` tinyint(4) NOT NULL default '0',
`user_hash` varchar(50) NOT NULL,
`user_id` int(11) NOT NULL,
KEY `user_id` (`user_id`),
KEY `date` (`date`)
) ENGINE=MyISAM DEFAULT CHARSET=utf8;
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Old 09 Mar 2012, 14:46
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I have the same issue.I ran that sql an its not showing in the admin panel.theres a few other mods that are doing this also.
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Old 09 Mar 2012, 23:12
Jay A Kelley Jay A Kelley is offline
 
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Originally Posted by ForceHSS View Post
you dont have the file uploaded to the right folder or not uploaded at all
Thank you this was a HUGE help.. It seems to be working, but I am not getting any statics on what Spam-0-Matic has blocked.. But I KNOW it's working. Any ideas?

Jay
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Old 10 Mar 2012, 12:37
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it will only show that up when it blocks someone do make sure you have it to show in the settings also it is this table that holds that info glowhostspamomatic_stats
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Old 20 Mar 2012, 12:13
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Originally Posted by ForceHSS View Post
Moderation Tools then you will see Spam O Matic normally last on list
Where is this at?
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Old 20 Mar 2012, 14:15
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the bottom of each post
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Old 20 Mar 2012, 17:57
Knight0319 Knight0319 is offline
 
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Well, I'd like to say this mod has done its job well on my forum. Can't recall if I've had many spammers get through since installing this (Though I've had some issues where it wouldnt let a real person register). About a years worth of using this resulted in this: "13904 Spammers Denied Registration". Sounds like its doing good to me.

Sure been a while since this has been updated.
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Old 21 Mar 2012, 21:51
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Originally Posted by ForceHSS View Post
Run this sql
DROP TABLE IF EXISTS `glowhostspamomatic_log`;
CREATE TABLE `glowhostspamomatic_log` (
`date` datetime NOT NULL,
`ip` varchar(15) NOT NULL,
`email` varchar(255) NOT NULL,
`username` varchar(255) NOT NULL,
`message` varchar(255) NOT NULL,
`is_blocked` tinyint(4) NOT NULL default '0',
`user_hash` varchar(50) NOT NULL,
`user_id` int(11) NOT NULL,
KEY `user_id` (`user_id`),
KEY `date` (`date`)
) ENGINE=MyISAM DEFAULT CHARSET=utf8;
I'm having the same issue, and running that SQL gets me a second error:

An error occurred while attempting to execute your query. The following information was returned.
error number: 1064
error desc: You have an error in your SQL syntax; check the manual that corresponds to your MySQL server version for the right syntax to use near 'CREATE TABLE `glowhostspamomatic_log` (
`date` datetime NOT NULL,
`ip` varchar' at line 2
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Old 21 Mar 2012, 23:49
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Originally Posted by shadowbreed View Post
I'm having the same issue, and running that SQL gets me a second error:

An error occurred while attempting to execute your query. The following information was returned.
error number: 1064
error desc: You have an error in your SQL syntax; check the manual that corresponds to your MySQL server version for the right syntax to use near 'CREATE TABLE `glowhostspamomatic_log` (
`date` datetime NOT NULL,
`ip` varchar' at line 2
ok run this from your admin panel and it will work
sql uploaded just in case you need it

CREATE TABLE `glowhostspamomatic_log` (
`date` datetime NOT NULL,
`ip` varchar(15) NOT NULL,
`email` varchar(255) NOT NULL,
`username` varchar(255) NOT NULL,
`message` varchar(255) NOT NULL,
`is_blocked` tinyint(4) NOT NULL default '0',
`user_hash` varchar(50) NOT NULL,
`user_id` int(11) NOT NULL,
KEY `user_id` (`user_id`),
KEY `date` (`date`)
) ENGINE=MyISAM DEFAULT CHARSET=utf8;
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Last edited by ForceHSS : 22 Mar 2012 at 00:21.
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