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Spambot Stopper - Prevent Spambots from Registering
Mod Version: 1.1.1, by kh99 (Moderator) kh99 is offline
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vB Version: 4.x.x Rating: (36 votes - 4.89 average) Installs: 267
Released: 01 Feb 2013 Last Update: 16 Feb 2013 Downloads: 1112
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What is it?
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This mod rejects registrations where the form is filled out in less than a minimum time. You can configure one of the following actions to be taken when an automated registration is detected:

- Show a "No Permissions" page
- Display the "Successful Registration" message but without creating an account
- Redirect the user to any URL you choose
- Reload the registration page with an error message of your choosing

You can also provide a list of email addresses to be notified each time a registration is blocked.

Added for version 1.1.1: Time delay enforcer, maximum time option, time limits to cut down on email notifications, posting to a thread.

In the future, I'd like to add some simple logging and statistics, and a summary type of email notification (because people seem to quickly get tired of the single emails).

Note: I coded this myself from scratch, but I would like to acknowledge a couple of previous mods that used this same idea, by users Calorie and noppid, and maybe others. In any case, I believe this one adds some features that the others don't have.

Other advantages: no ads or links, no abuse of update notifications, no disappearing features, no threats to delete the mod (it will never be deleted, at least by me). Also, translations are allowed.

Installation:
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1) If you have "Is Bot", "Stop the Registration Bots", "Spammers Suck!", or another mod that works on registration time, note any admincp settings for that mod then uninstall it.

2) Import the product XML file from the Product Manager.

3) Go to Settings > Options > Spambot Stopper Options and configure the desired settings.

4) IMPORTANT: try to register a new user to make sure that there are no problems with humans registering. If you want, you can also temporarily set the minimum time to a higher value (like 60 seconds) and test to see if the spammer rejection is working.



History:
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1.1.1 (Feb 16, 2013)
  • Added timer for enforcing minimum time
  • Added maximum registration time limit
  • Added time limits for email notifications
  • Added posting notificatiosn to a thread

1.0.1 (Feb 01, 2013)
  • Fixed bug
  • Added check for fake timestamps

1.0 (Jan 31, 2013)
  • Initial Release

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Old 01 Feb 2013, 00:50
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Old 01 Feb 2013, 03:50
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Very nice. Just in time to it seems.
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Old 01 Feb 2013, 04:31
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Is this something like the spammers suck mod that is now in the graveyard
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Old 01 Feb 2013, 10:58
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Originally Posted by CharlieDelta View Post
Very nice. Just in time to it seems.
Thanks. And yes, it's not a coincidence. I created this one because the author of a similar mod decided to remove his.



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Is this something like the spammers suck mod that is now in the graveyard
Yes, it works the same way.
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Old 01 Feb 2013, 11:36
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This is really great. Vbulletin forum owners common stress bot registration may have an end by this mod.
Thank you.
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Old 01 Feb 2013, 12:42
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Originally Posted by kh99 View Post
Thanks. And yes, it's not a coincidence. I created this one because the author of a similar mod decided to remove his.





Yes, it works the same way.
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Old 01 Feb 2013, 13:57
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that's great. The other mod stops 80 spammers daily. Use it in conjunction with Q&A.
This one requires no template edit and gives more options
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Old 01 Feb 2013, 16:25
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Use it in conjunction with Q&A.
Good suggestion. We use Q&A (on my site, not vbulletin.org) and never had any problems. But I wanted to (re)create this mod because other people find Q&A isn't effective.
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Old 01 Feb 2013, 16:26
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There's an update because I found a bug while working on other features. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Edit: BTW, have people confirmed that this is working for them?
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Old 01 Feb 2013, 16:59
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There's an update because I found a bug while working on other features. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Edit: BTW, have people confirmed that this is working for them?
Definitely working for me. Recommend increasing the limit to 20 seconds from the default 15 though - several obvious spambots being caught at 17, 18 seconds on 4 forums where I'm using it.
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Old 01 Feb 2013, 17:02
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Thanks. I'll increase the default to 20 in future releases.

And thanks for the confirmation. I kind of rushed out the update because I wasn't sure what effect the bug might have had, but if it was working for you then the answer is that it wasn't having any effect.
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Old 01 Feb 2013, 17:03
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bots always pick the first answer in required profile field. So one question is Are you a spammer?

yes
no

and they all pick up yes. That bans them automatically

suggestion. Why not add IP in database and also check IP when registering?
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Old 01 Feb 2013, 17:08
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Originally Posted by Lionel View Post
bots always pick the first answer in required profile field. So one question is Are you a spammer?

yes
no

and they all pick up yes. That bans them automatically
That's a good tip. Is there a mod that does the banning?


suggestion. Why not add IP in database and also check IP when registering?
I'm not sure what you mean - can you elaborate on that?
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Old 01 Feb 2013, 17:28
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No I just added it manually in global_bootstrap_init_start

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I ask them which version of vb they are using? but that's specific to my site

0
1.0
2.0
3.0
4.0
5.0
and they all pick up 0
and for banned IP, once banned I insert IP in a custom table and at registration:
And I verify that IP at registration register_addmember_process

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I stop 80 to 150 bots daily and sort of solve that plague
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