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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: (514 votes - 4.80 average) Installs: 4420
Released: 05 Aug 2010 Last Update: 28 May 2013 Downloads: 20672
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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 23 Aug 2010, 04:33
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False Positives

I'm getting known user's posts (posts from well-established users on my board) being flagged for moderation because its "Found in akismet database".

i think there should be a setting for a minimum post count that defeats all spam checks, ie, if a user has posted more than x times, their posts are assumed to be not spam.
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Old 24 Aug 2010, 01:07
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I have NEVER had akismet supply a true positive match on anything. It has ALWAYS returned false positives. First thing I did was disable akismet with this mod.
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Old 24 Aug 2010, 10:49
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Thumbs up

Originally Posted by bchertov View Post

i think there should be a setting for a minimum post count that defeats all spam checks, ie, if a user has posted more than x times, their posts are assumed to be not spam.
+1 ...

Regards,
Badger
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Old 24 Aug 2010, 14:04
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Originally Posted by InsaneNutter View Post
I originally installed it, rated the mod 5 stars and marked it as installed
Thanks!

Originally Posted by simonhind View Post
how do i add someone who becomes a spammer after joining, just like the orginal MOD for this when you go into a users account it allows you to add them to the list from the IP address they signed up for or the IP they spammed from

this is a very importany feature this MOD had, you may want to contact them to find out how to add this section to user accoun information in admincp
Send me a screenshot of what you are talking about as its not immediately clear to me what the problem is.

If you delete the posts as spam, they can be automatically added to the list based on your settings.

Originally Posted by howard007 View Post
Can you add a whitelist feature for IP? VBSTOPSPAM doesn't have this and this would be a great feature and not sure why no one has it?

Thanks
Its possible we can add it. I don't see how useful it would be though.
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Old 24 Aug 2010, 14:09
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Originally Posted by bchertov View Post
i think there should be a setting for a minimum post count that defeats all spam checks, ie, if a user has posted more than x times, their posts are assumed to be not spam.
I agree. It will be an option in 2.x
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Old 24 Aug 2010, 15:35
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Originally Posted by Snookieboy View Post
Yeah sure, the old mod we use to use on VB3.8 was:
http://www.vbulletin.org/forum/showthread.php?t=184757

Dude, thank you so much for considering this, if we can just get it to deny posts with an error message instead of sending to moderation, it would save having to go through a daily moderation queue of over 100 posts!
OK Snookieboy, version 1.2.4 was made especially for you. Hopefully that is what you were after.
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Old 25 Aug 2010, 23:13
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Originally Posted by GlowHost.com View Post
OK Snookieboy, version 1.2.4 was made especially for you. Hopefully that is what you were after.
DUDE, I love you (in a totally non-man love way), gee thanks so much!!!

I tested it, and it worked!! And even better, I noticed you used a phrase so it was easy for me to edit the default text to:

Sorry, your post was denied because you are a new member, and are posting links to megaupload and/or other download sites which are typically used by spambots when posting illegal content or malicious files. Please re-submit your post without the URL by using your browsers back button. Alternatively, if you are posting good non-illegal content, you will need to have made at least 3 posts before your allowed to post download URL's.
Again, thank you so much.... Please share your donation goal so I can at least assist in some way
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Old 25 Aug 2010, 23:43
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Installed version 1.2.4 on vBulletin 3.8.6 P1 and working great
Much apprciated
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Old 26 Aug 2010, 01:05
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Originally Posted by Snookieboy View Post
DUDE, I love you (in a totally non-man love way), gee thanks so much!!!
Don't worry about it, life is too short even if you are into man-love. I am into spam-hate so at least we have something in common

Originally Posted by Snookieboy View Post
I tested it, and it worked!! And even better, I noticed you used a phrase so it was easy for me to edit the default text to:
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Originally Posted by Snookieboy View Post
Again, thank you so much.... Please share your donation goal so I can at least assist in some way
Just put the GlowHost name out, order hosting, join our $125 per sale affiliate program, or just tell your friends about this mod.

Anything you can do is great, Thanks.

BTW - Version 2 is the works now, We are running it on our forums and it is schweeeeeeeet!

Originally Posted by digicom View Post
Installed version 1.2.4 on vBulletin 3.8.6 P1 and working great
Much apprciated
Great, thanks for the 411.

Not many people are reporting about earlier versions so that is great news. If there are any other reports, please tell!
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Old 26 Aug 2010, 23:29
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This caught my eye after opening registration today and getting slammed with bogus registrations. I have a very small user base by design and did it all manually but decided to make it easier. Oops, that went bad. Just installed this and will see how it does.
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Old 27 Aug 2010, 14:06
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Just a quick question, you jokingly said 1.2.4 was made especially for me, but is that version features (the auto blocking instead of moderation option) continue you with all future releases, or do I have to beg for a special version of each release you make?

Thank you once again Will make an article about your hosting on my forum at some point.
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Old 27 Aug 2010, 16:55
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Originally Posted by Snookieboy View Post
Just a quick question, you jokingly said 1.2.4 was made especially for me, but is that version features (the auto blocking instead of moderation option) continue you with all future releases, or do I have to beg for a special version of each release you make?

Thank you once again Will make an article about your hosting on my forum at some point.
Actually, I wasn't joking. You made a good suggestion, so I added it for you, me and everyone else. It is part of the core now so it will always be part of the Spam-O-Matic system.
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Old 27 Aug 2010, 16:57
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I appreciate the forum post.
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Old 27 Aug 2010, 18:41
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Re-installed for testing ob v1.24 ...

Have temporarily disabled v.61 vbStopForumSpam mod and vBulletin's v4.04 built-in Akismet spam checking system...

Set threshold of post checking to 1, which hopefully will stop erroneous moderation of registered member's posts greater than 1, which was a problem under v1.12 of this mode...

Thanks for your efforts ...

Will post results ...

Regards,
Badger

Edit: same problem with v1.24 as with v1.12 and RSS posts. All are being moderated for an RSS user name poster that has far more than one post, therefore should not be moderated. Have now disabled "Auto Moderation" function of mod to see if that fixes RSS poster problem.

Last edited by BadgerDog : 27 Aug 2010 at 19:06.
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Old 29 Aug 2010, 15:56
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I am testing this out on 3.8.6 patch level 1. No issues installing, love the feature in the profile for submitting and banning. Will update if any conflicts arise.
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