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NoSpam! - an alternative to CAPTCHA images
Mod Version: 3.0, by antialiasis (Member) antialiasis is offline
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This modification is in the archives.
vB Version: 3.6.x Rating: (181 votes - 4.92 average) Installs: 1566
Released: 24 Aug 2006 Last Update: 23 Jun 2008 Downloads: 12054
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This hack is for vBulletin 3.6.x. For 3.5.x, please use the one provided in this thread. If you are using 3.7.x, you must use the one in this thread.

This simple hack is meant as a replacement for the default CAPTCHA system in vBulletin. There are two main reasons one might want to do this: firstly, new technology is constantly being developed to crack CAPTCHA images and make spam accounts anyway, and secondly, the more secure the CAPTCHA, the more difficult it is for genuine users to tell what the numbers in the image are. There is also the issue of visually impaired users, and the fact that not all servers are capable of generating CAPTCHA images.

So what does this hack do instead? It asks a question. Any question you want. That's the best part: YOU make up the questions, which means that every forum is unique, which means that it is impossible for spambots to be simply programmed to bypass it at all forums with the hack installed. You can make one or many questions - if you make many, the hack will pick one at random when a guest attempts to register, search, post or send mail through the Contact Us form. Their input is compared with your specified answer, and voilą, if they get it right they're pretty much guaranteed to be human. If they get it wrong, they're given an error message.

It doesn't have to be a complicated question. Heck, you can just make it "Please type 'blah' into this box." Or you can go with inserting a simple image with HTML and ask what is shown on the image. Or you can ask them to tell you two plus two. It's up to you. In fact, this can also be used as a means of forcing people to read the rules by asking for a certain password found there, or if your forum focuses on a specialized subject, ask a question concerning the subject that all your genuine users will be able to answer, but a random troll or "CAPTCHA-sweatshop-reader" will be scratching their head over.

It's simple to install, too: just one product to import, and that's it.


VERSION HISTORY:

3.0: Added functionality to allow users to specify which pages should use NoSpam!.
2.0: Extended the NoSpam! functionality to guest posts, guest searches and guest "Contact Us" in addition to registration.
1.1: Made template edit automatic (with thanks to Cole2026), added ability to have more than one answer to each question, and made answers case insensitive. To upgrade, I recommend undoing the template edit so you won't have to worry about it anymore (replace $nospamfield in the template register with $imagereg, or if you added $nospamfield above $imagereg, just remove $nospamfield altogether), and then reimport the product through the Admin CP (making sure that Allow Overwrite is set to On).
1.0: Initial release.


INSTALLATION:

Please download NoSpam!.zip, not product-nospam.xml, for the tested version. product.nospam.xml is NoSpam! 4.0 adapted blindly to 3.6, i.e. by editing the XML file for the 3.7 version without actually testing it on a 3.6 board. Theoretically it should work, but I cannot guarantee it at this time. If you download NoSpam!.zip and unzip it, it will contain another file called product.nospam.xml, which you should use.

1. Import product-nospam.xml through the Admin CP product manager.
2. Go to your vBulletin options in the Admin CP and select NoSpam! Settings. Once there, turn the system on and input your questions and answers according to the instructions there.

The system should now be functional and running.


UNINSTALLATION:

Just uninstall the product through the Admin CP.


SUPPORT:

Full support will be given here in this thread. All suggestions are welcome.

Thank you and please click "Mark as Installed" if you like it.


If NoSpam! is not working for you or you are looking for something a little different, you might want to check out Advanced Textual Confirmation.

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  #166  
Old 14 Dec 2006, 15:16
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antialiasis antialiasis is offline
 
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Hmm, funny. I see "Nominate for MOTM"... o.o You can try asking the vBulletin.org support.

Unless it's the style you're using... Are you on Smooth Blue? If not, try that.
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  #167  
Old 16 Dec 2006, 16:59
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I have been subject to a rash of spambot registrations recently. I just insalled NoSpam!

Thanks for the mod.

fos....
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  #168  
Old 16 Dec 2006, 17:41
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We haven't problems with bots yet, but I thank you kindly for releasing this.

:bunny:
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  #169  
Old 16 Dec 2006, 18:10
somedevil somedevil is offline
 
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Just updated as suddenly I'm getting spams from the contact us page...Hope it works!

Thanks again for the great mod!
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  #170  
Old 16 Dec 2006, 18:16
nanaimobar nanaimobar is offline
 
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Works like a charm. Thanks. Clicked install and MotM.
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  #171  
Old 16 Dec 2006, 21:00
jmw jmw is offline
 
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Spammers are screwed with this one. I doubt they can get around this now. There is no way unless you ask something stupid like: What's the name of USA president? Bush. Color of the sun? yellow. Dig that spammers! R.I.P. spammers.
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  #172  
Old 17 Dec 2006, 02:29
Sober-Teens Sober-Teens is offline
 
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Thank you so much! I hope this works. Installed on all three forums and it was my first go at installing a product, took me awhile but I got it.

Worked on 3.6. and 3.5 versions ( did need the $nospamfield code on 3.5).

*fingers crossed*
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  #173  
Old 17 Dec 2006, 02:33
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If you installed the hack specifically for 3.5, you do not need to make a manual template edit. If you installed the one found in this thread, however, you do.
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NoSpam! - get rid of those spambots for good!
Import News from a Forum - have unread announcements appear at the top of every page of your forum to get members to read them!
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NoSpam! - the 3.5 version
Personal Notepad - allow your members to store private notes in their User CP
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  #174  
Old 17 Dec 2006, 14:02
hgb hgb is offline
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Thumbs up

installed and thank you very much

was have'n a hard time with the .ru .de .ee bots.

seems they all went away after this install

thx
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  #175  
Old 17 Dec 2006, 23:48
motowebmaster motowebmaster is offline
 
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Your efforts are very much appreciated!
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  #176  
Old 18 Dec 2006, 02:52
linesider linesider is offline
 
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I added this two weeks ago and spam registrations are down 90%. Just the person spammers and that is way down - thanks!
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  #177  
Old 18 Dec 2006, 12:50
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Thanks for the hack. Hope it works good
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  #178  
Old 18 Dec 2006, 18:00
lazytown lazytown is offline
 
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Originally Posted by Quantnet.org View Post
Great news. Updated. I tested and it works great. Now, only if you can offer an option of multiple choice for the questions.
Multiple choice would be a very bad method. Bots could just select them randomly and get through. Free entry is the absolute best (infinite possibilities!).

-vissa
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  #179  
Old 20 Dec 2006, 08:14
bigtime bigtime is offline
 
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Talking

Excellent!! My forum and contact form has been getting drilled by spammers.

Thanks for the great hack!

Tim
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  #180  
Old 20 Dec 2006, 13:13
Froberg Froberg is offline
 
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I have been using this for some days now. Not a one spam bot registration.

I love you. I truly do. :P
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