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sarangan 11 Feb 2011 20:00

Thanks again for the update. You're the man! I love your plugin because it saved me alot of hours my life time.. :D

Just a suggestion, I'm looking forward to have an option to exclude forum ID from akisment/auto moderation checking. The reason for I mention it here because I run a large forum where I have a section where people can advertise for their websites in it and akismet sends all those threads to moderation.. I will only protect other forums from posting links which is not possible. :-)

Thanks for listning to me. :p

GlowHost.com 11 Feb 2011 21:03

Quote:

Originally Posted by dprice (Post 2161327)

I did have one issue where someone, that I know, tried to register for the forums and their IP was tagged and rejected?

Spam-O-Matic Tagged ip - 192.251.125.85 - Spammer Found and rejected.

What database houses this ip? Is it SFS?

Yes, that IP comes from SFS.

Quote:

Originally Posted by SeikenX (Post 2161351)
Hi everyone,

I've just installed this awesome looking mod but have run into an immediate problem. For some reason it breaks my thread reply counts and stops new threads showing up in the new posts feature. I didn't see any mention of this anywhere else, can anyone provide any insight into this?

Thanks!

This mod doesn't affect post counts, so I am guessing there is a conflict with some other mod that you are using. Try disabling them all besides SOM and then enable them one by one until you find the one with the conflict.

GlowHost.com 11 Feb 2011 21:06

Quote:

Originally Posted by sarangan (Post 2161479)
Thanks again for the update. You're the man! I love your plugin because it saved me alot of hours my life time.. :D

Just a suggestion, I'm looking forward to have an option to exclude forum ID from akisment/auto moderation checking. The reason for I mention it here because I run a large forum where I have a section where people can advertise for their websites in it and akismet sends all those threads to moderation.. I will only protect other forums from posting links which is not possible. :-)

Thanks for listning to me. :p

I've added your request to the list for suggested enhancements for a future release.

GlowHost.com 11 Feb 2011 21:09

Quote:

Originally Posted by TeknoSounds (Post 2161309)
see a few posts above, where Glowhost explains the "lack" of logs.

basically its spammers hit the vB registration first and usually fail there, so no longer making unnecessary queries to the list sites. Therefore no logs. Spammers have to get by the registration system first, then they're queried.
At least thats how I understood the description.

You understood it perfectly :)

Quote:

Originally Posted by KissOfDeath (Post 2161320)
not sure about that, this is what it's showing for me, and i'm using "GlowHost_-_Spam-O-Matic_v2.0.2_VB4.zip"

In your screen shot, are you referring to the log entry that says "Sent to vBulletin Registration System" or something else?

onehost 12 Feb 2011 01:47

I am starting to wonder how reliable spam-o-matic really is...I wanted to check
out some member issues, so i signed up on my own forum as a new member.

Immediately, I was denied, and accused of being a spammer...
(yes, on my own damn forum)

I wonder how many legit members are being denied also? After all, if you
were denied on a forum, would you actually take the time to email admin?
or would you just be on your way to someplace else?

Boofo 12 Feb 2011 02:16

Quote:

Originally Posted by onehost (Post 2161590)
I am starting to wonder how reliable spam-o-matic really is...I wanted to check
out some member issues, so i signed up on my own forum as a new member.

Immediately, I was denied, and accused of being a spammer...
(yes, on my own damn forum)

I wonder how many legit members are being denied also? After all, if you
were denied on a forum, would you actually take the time to email admin?
or would you just be on your way to someplace else?

Before you go blaming this mod for that, you might want to check if you have another mod that might be messing with things also. Others have had no problem doing what you did, so it might be something else. I would eliminate that possibility before I accuse this mod.

Alfa1 12 Feb 2011 03:19

Quote:

Originally Posted by onehost (Post 2161590)
I am starting to wonder how reliable spam-o-matic really is...I wanted to check
out some member issues, so i signed up on my own forum as a new member.

Immediately, I was denied, and accused of being a spammer...
(yes, on my own damn forum)

I wonder how many legit members are being denied also? After all, if you
were denied on a forum, would you actually take the time to email admin?
or would you just be on your way to someplace else?

You can check why your registration was denied.

tommac3 12 Feb 2011 19:01

One issue we are having with the board is that people come on and register a new account and then in their user profile they put spam links. They also post without a link ... then add a spam signature later. Both of those things are allowable even with this tool. Is there a way to easily mark new users as spammer from their user profile? Also putting users into moderation who add links to their signature and or anywhere in the profile

GlowHost.com 12 Feb 2011 19:13

Quote:

Originally Posted by tommac3 (Post 2161844)
One issue we are having with the board is that people come on and register a new account and then in their user profile they put spam links. They also post without a link ... then add a spam signature later. Both of those things are allowable even with this tool. Is there a way to easily mark new users as spammer from their user profile? Also putting users into moderation who add links to their signature and or anywhere in the profile

You can use the newbies manager to put them in a newbies group. That group you should make with less permissions, for example, turn off the ability for the newbies group to post signatures.

onehost 13 Feb 2011 00:56

Quote:

Originally Posted by Boofo (Post 2161605)
Before you go blaming this mod for that, you might want to check if you have another mod that might be messing with things also. Others have had no problem doing what you did, so it might be something else. I would eliminate that possibility before I accuse this mod.

Sounds like an excuse...Does spam-o-matic deny registrations? If the spam mod
thinks I am a spammer then tell me why i would blame another mod for blocking
my signup to my own board?

Its like when someone hacked my completevb.com theme, all roads
are pointing to his theme URL, but rather then helping, his first advice
is to say its not his theme but another mod...all hacking url attempts
lead to his theme, so why would I think it would be another mod?

Same here, if this mod prevents registrations for whatever reason based on
stuff we do not really understand, then why would I assume that another
mod was the cause of my registration failure when it clearly stated that
I was denied because the forum thought I was a spammer...so why
would i think it was another mod then spam o matic? its not another mod,
spam-o-matic thought i was a spammer for a reason...and if it denied
me for that reason, then I can only suspect that it is not perfect and
may deny other members also...accept it, or not....

I really do not like the concept anyway that spam o matic shuts you down
without any real cause...a simple questions and answers will prevent
95%+ of most spam signups anyway....

Alfa1 13 Feb 2011 01:44

If you are not giving information on why you were denied registration, then it will be hard to see what the problem is. You are not clearly stating your problem. Check your logs and see why you were rejected. Please do this first. Then you can expect people to try help you.

You do address one problem though: out of the box the messages to the user are pretty vague and can easily be interpreted as if the user is accused of being a spammer. I get lots of support tickets from aggravated people that have interpreted the message as such. In 99% of all cases their IP is blacklisted by SFS.

If users would instead get a message that their details are blacklisted by SFS, that thousands of websites use this third party service and that users should contact their ISP to resolve this, then users would not take this so personal. That would save a lot of support tickets as well.

fxs158 13 Feb 2011 04:08

My one forum apparently had allot of spam for a while, is there a way to run this against the existing members so that it deletes the members and posts that match spammers automatically?

PossumX 13 Feb 2011 15:52

The generic message is easy to change, as it is simply a phrase:


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

I have used the below, which is explanatory, and I think needed, so that an unintended victim understands why this occurred, and that it is being done in the best interest of the overall community. It may be a bit verbose, but when denying a registration, it is prudent to present the reasoning, for those that get caught up in this that are not spammers.


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

Also, make sure you set the StopForumSpam: Remote Expiry option to a reasonable time frame (e.g.: don't make it months).

owning_y0u 13 Feb 2011 17:12

Can you please tell me why the submit function in de admin cp profile editor has been removed?

P.s. Askimet and Stopforumspam API are filled in correctly
p.s.1 asked this question earlier but never received the answer

PossumX 13 Feb 2011 19:06

Quote:

Originally Posted by owning_y0u (Post 2162185)
Can you please tell me why the submit function in de admin cp profile editor has been removed?r

I echo this. That function was perfect to deal with new registrants who simply signed up (got through the mod) and were either sleepers, or homepage stuffers.


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