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vBouncer: reduce server load by unsubscribing bouncing members from threads
Mod Version: 1.2, by tamarian (Member) tamarian is offline
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vB Version: 3.5.1 Rating: (5 votes - 4.80 average) Installs: 118
Released: 21 Jun 2005 Last Update: 05 Oct 2005 Downloads: 358
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vBouncer is a handy tool for busy forums (or those that do not require email verification) to control the amounts of bogus emails sent from and to your server.

What vBouncer does: vBouncer monitors your mail spool file, and identifies members responsible for large amounts of bounced emails. It then issues a PM warning, and when the unsubscribe threshold is met, it will will unsubscribe them for all threads, and sets them to the "no email" subscription level.

After a couple of runs, this should significantly reduce your server load.

Features:
o Manual or auto processing option
o Collect logs via IMAP/POP or mail spool file
o Custom filters to match patterns in bounced emails
o Uses vB's cron files (Scheduled tasks)
o Uses encrypted header for authentication (suggested by Paul M).
o Stats on members with bouncing emails, and error codes
o Tuning options
o Verbose cron logs for diagnostics
o Option to send PM warning prior to reaching the limit
o Option to send PM notifications after reaching the limit
o Option to change the member's subscription default
o Option to all thread subscriptions to "no email"
o Option to all forum subscriptions to "no email"
o Option to move offenders to a different primary usergroup
o Option to process 5.0.0/550 errors (email unknown) upon a single email, isntead of observing the bounce limit


Installation:
1. Extract the files into the corresponding directories (admincp => admincp, includes => includes)
2. Run the installation script in the admincp
3. Fill out the settings menu in the vBouncer section of the admin panel (see the how-to post below)
4. Import and activate the plugin file through the plugin manager.
5. Once ready, add the cron scripts to your scheduled tasks: vbouncer-collect.php (should be run daily, or more frequently) and vbouncer-clean.php (weekly, equal to Bounce limit period)
6. If you are using vB's SMTP email option, make sure to also enable the "-f" option.

Change log:

- August 12, 2005 v1.3 Update to the cron files to match new changes in vB's cron/tasks. To upgrade, just re-upload the contents of includes/cron.

- July 11, 2005 v1.2 Bug fix for some server/PHP setups; resolve aliases for return keys, otherwise some aliases would be considered forged.

- July 5, 2005 v1.1 Bug fix in standard report pattern matching

- July 4, 2005 v1.0 Added encrypted header for authentication (suggested by Paul M).

- July 3, 2005 v0.9.1 fixed a bug preventing IMAP/POP log collection.

- July 2, 2005 v0.9 added IMAP/POP option and custom filters file vbouncer.ini

- June 27, 2005 v0.5 Added custom header setting option, for re-written headers.

- June 26, 2005 v0.4 Found a way to make it work as a plugin, without code edits (thanks to Paul M)

- June 26, 2005 v0.3 No changes, just removed the plugin

- June 25, 2005 v0.2 Added NDR/Reply code errors to stats, and option to act upon 5.0.0/550 (user unknown)

- June 21, 2005: v 0.1 Initial release. Marked beta, but it's working fine on PostFix and SendMail. Need to hear from those who tried on QMail and Exim

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  #106  
Old 12 Aug 2005, 15:10
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This is really a neat idea! Well, I download the package and installed it to an 3.5.0 RC2 board. Everything went fine except when running the cron jobs. I get this error:

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

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  #107  
Old 12 Aug 2005, 15:48
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Originally Posted by pran
This is really a neat idea! Well, I download the package and installed it to an 3.5.0 RC2 board. Everything went fine except when running the cron jobs. I get this error:

Block Disabled:      (Update License Status)  
Suspended or Unlicensed Members Cannot View Code.
Do you also get this error when running other vB cron tasks? This error seem to occur whenever I run any task from the task manager.
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Old 12 Aug 2005, 16:00
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Hmm... yes, I get this error when I run other vB cron tasks. What could be wrong?
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Old 12 Aug 2005, 16:03
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It seems to be a vb bug, from what I have seen on the com.
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Old 12 Aug 2005, 16:15
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Originally Posted by pran
Hmm... yes, I get this error when I run other vB cron tasks. What could be wrong?
It's a vB bug, and here's the fix:

http://www.vbulletin.com/forum/bugs3...=931&status=20

Also, I will need to make a change to the vBouncer cron files to mach the new vB cron changes, I'll upload them shortly as v1.3
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Old 12 Aug 2005, 16:26
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- August 12, 2005 v1.3 Update to the cron files to match new changes in vB's cron/tasks in 3.5 RC2. To upgrade, just re-upload the contents of includes/cron in the vBouncer zip file.
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Old 12 Aug 2005, 17:18
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Originally Posted by tamarian
It's a vB bug, and here's the fix:

http://www.vbulletin.com/forum/bugs3...=931&status=20

Also, I will need to make a change to the vBouncer cron files to mach the new vB cron changes, I'll upload them shortly as v1.3
You're welcome. )
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Old 13 Aug 2005, 00:50
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Originally Posted by tamarian
- August 12, 2005 v1.3 Update to the cron files to match new changes in vB's cron/tasks in 3.5 RC2. To upgrade, just re-upload the contents of includes/cron in the vBouncer zip file.
Wow! Thanks for the quick update. BTW, what instances would the header change to the vBouncer e-mail address? Outgoing e-mails from my server is still [email protected]
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  #114  
Old 13 Aug 2005, 01:46
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Originally Posted by pran
Wow! Thanks for the quick update. BTW, what instances would the header change to the vBouncer e-mail address? Outgoing e-mails from my server is still [email protected]
vBouncer will NOT change the "From:" header. It only changes/adds a "Return-To:" header.
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  #115  
Old 15 Aug 2005, 00:21
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Strange... I tried sending a test e-mail but I couldn't find "Return-To:" anywhere in the header.
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Old 15 Aug 2005, 00:29
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Originally Posted by pran
Strange... I tried sending a test e-mail but I couldn't find "Return-To:" anywhere in the header.
Did you view the full headers, and what was there? Was the plugin activated?
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Old 15 Aug 2005, 01:10
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Here's the full headers.

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

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Old 15 Aug 2005, 01:15
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Originally Posted by pran
Here's the full headers.

Block Disabled:      (Update License Status)  
Suspended or Unlicensed Members Cannot View Code.
Yes, that's the one Just make sure it only used for bounced emails (i.e. different than the webmaster email)
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Old 15 Aug 2005, 02:28
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Not quite -- I've defined vbouncer-notify[at]kuro.ph for the return path, not www[at]irc.dagupan.com
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Old 15 Aug 2005, 03:13
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Originally Posted by pran
Not quite -- I've defined vbouncer-notify[at]kuro.ph for the return path, not www[at]irc.dagupan.com
Is the plugin active?
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