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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
Developer Last Online: Jun 2014 I like it Show Printable Version Email this Page

vB Version: 4.x.x Rating: (514 votes - 4.80 average) Installs: 4424
Released: 05 Aug 2010 Last Update: 28 May 2013 Downloads: 20749
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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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  #2281  
Old 22 Nov 2012, 14:51
henrique araujo henrique araujo is offline
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
i use in my forum here in Brazil, working perfectly, now I'm just setting so that users do not block the truth.
I took the liberty of translating the warning to all User comes to what happens.
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  #2282  
Old 23 Nov 2012, 12:09
diddy29 diddy29 is offline
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
We installed this mod a few weeks ago, and it's effectively catching a lot and preventing some spammer registrations, but it's allowing some to get through as well. We have our key from SFS installed, and reports are sent to them, but some spammers with lengthy records on SFS are still able to register.

Here's an example of an IP - 222.77.229.204. It has a laundry list of reports on SFS dating back to last June, and he was permitted to register 4 days ago. Why wouldn't SOM prevent him from registering? We've had other similar oversights as well.

Great mod, BTW! But it seems like it's not entirely effective. Thank you!
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Old 23 Nov 2012, 12:36
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ForceHSS ForceHSS is offline
 
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Originally Posted by diddy29 View Post
We installed this mod a few weeks ago, and it's effectively catching a lot and preventing some spammer registrations, but it's allowing some to get through as well. We have our key from SFS installed, and reports are sent to them, but some spammers with lengthy records on SFS are still able to register.

Here's an example of an IP - 222.77.229.204. It has a laundry list of reports on SFS dating back to last June, and he was permitted to register 4 days ago. Why wouldn't SOM prevent him from registering? We've had other similar oversights as well.

Great mod, BTW! But it seems like it's not entirely effective. Thank you!
install this as well http://www.vbulletin.org/forum/showthread.php?t=289463 it goes well with it set it to 20 secs in the settings when you have it installed
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Old 23 Nov 2012, 16:36
rharbison rharbison is offline
 
Join Date: Apr 2002
Web Hosting footer link shows up twice

I've installed this, and it's really working well.

I do have one problem though. There's a "web hosting" link that shows up in the footer now. It goes to Glowhost, so I guess that's the "fee" for using this mod. OK, that's fine, but it's showing up twice! How do I fix that?

Here's the page: http://www.gardenforums.com/forum/forum.php
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Old 23 Nov 2012, 16:48
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ForceHSS ForceHSS is offline
 
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Originally Posted by rharbison View Post
Web Hosting footer link shows up twice

I've installed this, and it's really working well.

I do have one problem though. There's a "web hosting" link that shows up in the footer now. It goes to Glowhost, so I guess that's the "fee" for using this mod. OK, that's fine, but it's showing up twice! How do I fix that?

Here's the page: http://www.gardenforums.com/forum/forum.php
Affiliate System: Link text = leave blank
Credits: Give Thanks = no
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Old 23 Nov 2012, 17:05
rharbison rharbison is offline
 
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Wow, that was quick! Accurate too, of course.

Thank you.
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Old 24 Nov 2012, 10:59
vBBurger vBBurger is offline
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Your tool has another bug. Though based on your reaction to previous bug reports Im not sure why Im posting this.

If users are restricted from posting links in their messages (until they reach a certain post count) so as to block spammers .... your tool also blocks their post if they put images in them.

This is a bug.

Your tool should differentiate between a text link and any other random BBCODE that is used to do other functions like display a photo.

Users who post pictures in their first messages are being blocked and everyone is getting upset about it, for good reason. We only want to block what we told Spam O Matic to block: URLS ... .

Please fix this bug.
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Old 25 Nov 2012, 03:17
Greeksgal Greeksgal is offline
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Database error when importing xml. Any ideas?

Database error in vBulletin 4.0.8:

Invalid SQL:
CREATE TABLE IF NOT EXISTS `******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 NOT NULL DEFAULT "0",
`user_hash` VARCHAR(50) NOT NULL,
`user_id` INT NOT NULL
) TYPE=MyISAM;;

MySQL Error : 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 'TYPE=MyISAM' at line 10
Error Number : 1064
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Old 25 Nov 2012, 11:26
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ForceHSS ForceHSS is offline
 
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Originally Posted by Greeksgal View Post
Database error when importing xml. Any ideas?

Database error in vBulletin 4.0.8:

Invalid SQL:
CREATE TABLE IF NOT EXISTS `******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 NOT NULL DEFAULT "0",
`user_hash` VARCHAR(50) NOT NULL,
`user_id` INT NOT NULL
) TYPE=MyISAM;;

MySQL Error : 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 'TYPE=MyISAM' at line 10
Error Number : 1064
read a page back for the fix
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  #2290  
Old 25 Nov 2012, 15:45
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Manoel Júnior Manoel Júnior is offline
 
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Real name: Manoel Júnior
as allowing the user record that fell on that list?
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Old 25 Nov 2012, 18:13
TinCow1 TinCow1 is offline
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
We recently upgraded to 4.2.0, and the Easy Cleanup tool no longer appears for moderators in the Moderation Tools dropdown. I've tried re-installing the plugin, but that does not fix it. Does anyone know how to restore this option?
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Old 25 Nov 2012, 22:21
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ForceHSS ForceHSS is offline
 
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Originally Posted by TinCow1 View Post
We recently upgraded to 4.2.0, and the Easy Cleanup tool no longer appears for moderators in the Moderation Tools dropdown. I've tried re-installing the plugin, but that does not fix it. Does anyone know how to restore this option?
Do you mean the Spam-O-Matic option
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Old 26 Nov 2012, 12:46
TinCow1 TinCow1 is offline
 
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Originally Posted by ForceHSS View Post
Do you mean the Spam-O-Matic option
Yes
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Old 26 Nov 2012, 15:03
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ForceHSS ForceHSS is offline
 
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Have all the info filled in on the GlowHost - Spam-O-Matic options, admincp/Usergroups/Administrator Permissions edit permissions set all to yes, Set yourself to superadmin from the config, Check to make sure you have all this done
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Old 26 Nov 2012, 15:45
piliff piliff is offline
 
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Originally Posted by mgmuranaka View Post
I am getting the following error when I try to delete posts:

Parse error: syntax error, unexpected T_STRING in /path-to-my-www-home/forum/includes/class_core.php(4637) : eval()'d code on line 4

I haven't found a solution to fix this. Any ideas?
So, I have the same error, same line in class_core.php

It's really SOM error, do you have any solution to fix this?
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