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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: 20517
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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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  #1726  
Old 02 May 2012, 18:20
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Upgraded my test board to 4.1.12 and so far this mod seems to work 100% with no issues yet found!
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Old 03 May 2012, 07:07
Cynicz Cynicz is offline
 
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Is there any particular reason why all moderators seem to have full access to spam-o-matic's permissions?

I cannot for the life of me find a way to stop certain mods from being able to use this. Even the lowest-tier mod with 1-2 permissions in one subforum can use Spam-O-Matic to hard delete posts from existence.

Even if this is only on "new" users I'm seriously concerned about the idea.

Last edited by Cynicz : 03 May 2012 at 07:19.
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Old 03 May 2012, 15:06
KittyWireless KittyWireless is offline
 
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Originally Posted by Dwarden View Post
since update to 4.1.11 patch level 1 we have problem with this plugin , the moderator's option to which shall delete all users posts seems not work properly

it mark the user, claims report it to stopforumspam etc.

the user gets banned but (banned group seems weird)
yet associated posts aren't removed etc.

when i use manual moderator ban then put's the users into correct usergroup

the number setting of banned usergroup ID is correct in SOM's settings
We are on 4.1.12 and are having the same problem, plus when we click on a thread, and go under Moderator Options, the "Spam-O-Matic" option is not longer listed.....
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Old 04 May 2012, 11:59
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Sage Knight Sage Knight is offline
 
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Well it's pretty natural for that to happen since this plugin, like the other StopforumSpam one hasn't been updated in more than a year, and well things have changed and are changing in vB.
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Old 04 May 2012, 17:01
SteveLV702 SteveLV702 is offline
 
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Originally Posted by KittyWireless View Post
We are on 4.1.12 and are having the same problem, plus when we click on a thread, and go under Moderator Options, the "Spam-O-Matic" option is not longer listed.....
lucky you I can't even get installed when I attempt to upload/install the xml file I get a mysql error :'(
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Old 04 May 2012, 17:31
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Originally Posted by KittyWireless View Post
plus when we click on a thread, and go under Moderator Options, the "Spam-O-Matic" option is not longer listed.....
I am not having that issue, but am doing some testing to see if I have the first issue you listed.

Nope, all works like I think it should.

Spam-O-Matic has performed the following actions:
Selected users were removed
33 posts were removed permanently
5 PMs were removed

I confirmed in the logs and in the fourm that what I asked it to do, was in fact done.

Last edited by weave : 04 May 2012 at 17:52.
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Old 04 May 2012, 20:00
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Originally Posted by SteveLV702 View Post
lucky you I can't even get installed when I attempt to upload/install the xml file I get a mysql error :'(
post error
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Old 04 May 2012, 20:28
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Syxguns Syxguns is offline
 
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SteveLV702.
Try this, it was posted a few pages back.

Originally Posted by Syxguns View Post
shadowbreed,
Are you still having the same issue? I was and after a little research I found that if you are running MySQL 5.5 it does not recognize the “Type=MyIsam:” . It was valid for for older versions. Let me show you how I corrected the problem.

Edit: Looking back I see that your problem is not the same as mine was. This will not help you.



Edit: #2
For anyone that has a Database error that looks like the following example this is how I corrected it.


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


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

Each item marked in red needs to be removed from the XML file. Leave the rest of the statement including the semi-colons. It is located 3 times so be sure to remove the test in red. The line should look like this:


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

That may get it working for you. It worked for me when I made the change. Good Luck!
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Old 06 May 2012, 12:18
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Hello, I'm trying to register a friend from my pc and i get this message:

Registration denied, this forum runs an active policy of not allowing spammers. Please contact us via the "Contact Us" page link if you believe this is in error

to that is?
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Old 06 May 2012, 16:51
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Originally Posted by WDS View Post
Hello, I'm trying to register a friend from my pc and i get this message:

Registration denied, this forum runs an active policy of not allowing spammers. Please contact us via the "Contact Us" page link if you believe this is in error

to that is?
disable username
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Old 08 May 2012, 07:40
Gripi Gripi is offline
 
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hi..

is it possible to make the Statistic only show to admin / moderator only?

i'm sure that i only need to put an if condition in the plugin manager -> Stats render, and before this:


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

could someone please help

thanks
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  #1737  
Old 09 May 2012, 02:01
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any better alternate to this mod? i uninstalled it but getting tons of blog spam. anyway to perhaps use both human verification question and captcha?
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Old 09 May 2012, 02:29
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Originally Posted by The Rocketeer View Post
any better alternate to this mod? i uninstalled it but getting tons of blog spam. anyway to perhaps use both human verification question and captcha?
why not disable blog for normal users
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Old 10 May 2012, 06:01
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Is there anyway I can submit users through their profile if they haven't post anything?
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Old 10 May 2012, 06:03
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Originally Posted by FF|Skyrider View Post
Is there anyway I can submit users through their profile if they haven't post anything?
Don't think so, the whole point of submitting a spammer, is that there is a submitted spam post/evidence with their user info.
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