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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: Feb 2018 I like it Show Printable Version Email this Page

vB Version: 4.x.x Rating: (547 votes - 4.79 average) Installs: 4683
Released: 05 Aug 2010 Last Update: 28 May 2013 Downloads: 23411
Not Supported DB Changes Uses Plugins Auto-Template Additional Files Translations External Content  

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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Old 03 Feb 2011, 16:23
mrbigandwonderf mrbigandwonderf is offline
 
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Originally Posted by maokaang View Post
Have you uploaded the glowhostspamomatic.php file into your admincp folder?
Correct
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Old 04 Feb 2011, 05:17
StephenOcVa StephenOcVa is offline
 
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Thank you for this! I've been wasting a couple of hours per day checking new registrations for spammers and deleting and reporting those found. Installed this a couple of hours ago and it's working great.
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  #543  
Old 04 Feb 2011, 13:26
lloyd_mcse lloyd_mcse is offline
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Great plugin, I have 1.2.7 installed on vb 3.8.3 with both keys.
Pre install I had between 60 - 100 spam registrations per day and the last 24 hrs, I was notified once about a new user but by the time i got to moderate them the system had already delt with it and deleted them - Superb
Brilliant plugin guys thanks.
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  #544  
Old 04 Feb 2011, 21:16
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ElfenLied1337 ElfenLied1337 is offline
 
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Originally Posted by maokaang View Post
@mrbigandwonderf
@ElfenLied1337

There are two instances of 'modcp' in upload/includes/functions_ghsom.php. Change both instances in that file to match the name of your modcp folder to prevent the 404 errors.

Either that, or wait for version 2.0 - scheduled for release 1st Feb - which apparently solves that issue and several others.
Thanks mate, works now.
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  #545  
Old 05 Feb 2011, 15:58
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CheeSie CheeSie is offline
 
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Real name: Andreas
I'm having problems with this mod.
My RSS Poster bot is not being allowed to post the stuff it finds.. I also have another scheduled task that wont be allowed to post.
If I run these two scheduled tasks through the admin CP and I launch them manually, they work just fine.. But when they're being run automatically it wont allow them to be posted.
I disabled this mod and they worked fine.. Any fix?
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  #546  
Old 06 Feb 2011, 01:51
maokaang maokaang is offline
 
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Hi CheeSie

Yes, see here for your answer. We're eagerly awaiting the release of Version 2.0
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  #547  
Old 06 Feb 2011, 03:53
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Thanks for your support maokaang

2.0 is coming soon! Just some final rounds of testing I am hoping for Monday, but Monday's are pretty bust at my "regular" job. so, lets say this week we should have something for all you good people.

Thanks everyone for the praise, it's great to know that what we did is helping and appreciated.
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Old 06 Feb 2011, 04:06
OldSchoolDSL OldSchoolDSL is offline
 
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Originally Posted by GlowHost.com View Post
Thanks for your support maokaang

2.0 is coming soon! Just some final rounds of testing I am hoping for Monday, but Monday's are pretty bust at my "regular" job. so, lets say this week we should have something for all you good people.

Thanks everyone for the praise, it's great to know that what we did is helping and appreciated.
I think I can speak on behalf of the majority of the community, when I say that I look forward to your next release & deeply am thankful for the work you have placed into this modification. This is been the #1 modification to which has kept spam out of my community.
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Old 06 Feb 2011, 04:29
cyberchief cyberchief is offline
 
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Well.... I have only read through this last page... can't imagine what is coming in the "new release" to make this better... but as it is, this is my #1 mod. In fact... had it not been for this mod... I might have just deleted my entire forum and gone fishing! I have had this installed since day 3... And I can't imagine what I would have done without it. this has worked so perfectly... I am afraid to even upgrade when the new version releases.... I have only had 2 successful spammers... and that was when recaptcha was broke. I since installed another mod that allows both recaptcha and question/answer... and have not had a single spammer since. I can't believe this is FREE!!!!
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  #550  
Old 06 Feb 2011, 08:45
MGSteve MGSteve is offline
 
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A new user got blocked because he used the same username as a spammer 'fox', but that was all that matched. Surely the mod should not block someone just becuase they choose the same username as a spammer?

Sure, if the email address matches then it should be an automatic rejection, but if any of the other checks return positive alone, then it shouldn't reject the registration?
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  #551  
Old 06 Feb 2011, 22:45
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What's the point of this when Question and Answer stops spam?
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Old 06 Feb 2011, 22:51
Palehorse74480 Palehorse74480 is offline
 
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No it does NOT, in fact it does not slow them down nowadays. I wouldnt bother with captcha or Q an A... They just blow right through it. It is a myth that Q an A stops them.
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  #553  
Old 06 Feb 2011, 23:34
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Q&A can be effective if you use questions that only your members can know and some 3rd world person that is hired to register accounts, can never answer. But that is quite difficult to do for sites that are not in a specific niche.

I certainly am very appreciative in regards to SOM and SFS.
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Old 07 Feb 2011, 09:39
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Originally Posted by MGSteve View Post
A new user got blocked because he used the same username as a spammer 'fox', but that was all that matched. Surely the mod should not block someone just becuase they choose the same username as a spammer?

Sure, if the email address matches then it should be an automatic rejection, but if any of the other checks return positive alone, then it shouldn't reject the registration?
This is a very real problem with automatic blocking. I can see how a short common word like 'fox' is not unique enough in this case.

Also, with dynamic IP address changes, some innocent user can be blacklisted because a spammer was assigned that IP a week ago...

I would like to see this mod assign values to each of the three factors, say 11 points for an email address match, 7 for an IP match and, for a username that matches the blacklist, one point for every character in the name.

The tripping point could be set initially at a total of about 10 points, but adjusted by the forum admin to suit the individual circumstances.

It would also be useful to modify the total points by the length of the Q & A response, if there is one. I find spammers often pour out all their rubbish into the Q&A response, whereas a "proper" answer is 10-20 characters only, (and never includes a URL).

Late edit- That would be difficult to do, because the spam check precedes registration, so any Q&A response would not be known when the 'spammer' decision is being made.

WS.

Last edited by woodscooter; 07 Feb 2011 at 09:44. Reason: Additional information
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Old 07 Feb 2011, 09:43
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Originally Posted by OldSchoolDSL View Post
I think I can speak on behalf of the majority of the community, when I say that I look forward to your next release & deeply am thankful for the work you have placed into this modification. This is been the #1 modification to which has kept spam out of my community.
Totally agree.

Thanks for this.
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