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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
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vB Version: 4.x.x Rating: (543 votes - 4.80 average) Installs: 4647
Released: 05 Aug 2010 Last Update: 28 May 2013 Downloads: 23120
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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 25 Mar 2011, 22:07
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This would be even better if you could tag possible accounts on the profile page
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Old 26 Mar 2011, 16:59
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Originally Posted by OldSchoolDSL View Post
Any plans on porting this over, for those of us who have upgraded to XenForo?
Don't know. Its possible I guess but before I spend a lot of money on a license and programming to have this done I would like to see a lot more people running xenforo.

Last I read they were in trouble with vBulletin (for reasons... I forget) So, I'd also like to make sure they don't get shut down for piracy or whatever the complaint was before spending development time on something like that.
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Old 26 Mar 2011, 17:05
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Originally Posted by OldSchoolDSL View Post
Any plans on porting this over, for those of us who have upgraded to XenForo?
you can try this http://xenforo.com/community/threads...rum-spam.5417/ it'll do the same as this mod...
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Old 26 Mar 2011, 17:11
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I don't think XenForo mods should be discussed on vbulletin.org. If you're happy with XenForo, great- but they have their own forums.
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Old 26 Mar 2011, 17:42
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For the record the issue with Spam O matic that cause my bullietn to go bonzo was Jfusion. That was the plug in that broke the forum. I think Spam o matic and Jfusion were not playing nice together.

Anyway it's all fixed

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Old 26 Mar 2011, 18:33
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Originally Posted by GlowHost.com View Post
Don't know. Its possible I guess but before I spend a lot of money on a license and programming to have this done I would like to see a lot more people running xenforo.

Last I read they were in trouble with vBulletin (for reasons... I forget) So, I'd also like to make sure they don't get shut down for piracy or whatever the complaint was before spending development time on something like that.
Thanks for replying. This is one of the few mods to which I miss and I think you do a wonderful job on this.

Hopefully, we'll see you there sometime.
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Old 27 Mar 2011, 00:51
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What happened to the selection in the User Profile area in the Admin CP? I have a ton of spambots that don't post, but use the forum for backlinks in the member pages and I'd like to be able to easily remove them and report them at the same time. I mean, it is clearly just as "spammy" to register just to create a backlink to a male enhancement site which has nothing to do with our forum. I wouldn't care what they put in as their home page if they contribute, but allowing backlinks for free with no writing contributions?
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Old 27 Mar 2011, 14:16
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I have just installed this mod and this is superb. Many thanks.

However, I have a slight problem. Where it details the activity at the footer of the the forum home page, it is hyperlinking the title to this thread. My CSS is such that the link appears blank as it is set to white for the link, before being followed.

See the footer here:

http://www.politicsandcurrentaffairs...orum/forum.php

How do I remove this hyperlink?

Have I missed something?

Cheers!
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Old 27 Mar 2011, 14:21
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Woops. Just found the setting. Sorry!
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Old 27 Mar 2011, 18:16
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Hello,
just instaleld and seems to work pretty good, congrats and thanks How can I check all my already registered users/bot trouigh this plugin? I have 90% of registered users that are bots.

Thanks
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Old 28 Mar 2011, 03:18
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Just installed it after getting about 50 spammers in the past couple of weeks...I can see the flood coming.

Is there any way to back-check all the accounts so I don't have to do it by hand?
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Old 28 Mar 2011, 14:46
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Any way to hide the "Spam-O-Matic Statistics" from regular users? Ideally I'd like to have that information only viewable by Admins and Moderators.
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Old 30 Mar 2011, 06:10
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Originally Posted by Phaedrus View Post
What happened to the selection in the User Profile area in the Admin CP? I have a ton of spambots that don't post, but use the forum for backlinks in the member pages and I'd like to be able to easily remove them and report them at the same time. I mean, it is clearly just as "spammy" to register just to create a backlink to a male enhancement site which has nothing to do with our forum. I wouldn't care what they put in as their home page if they contribute, but allowing backlinks for free with no writing contributions?
This one is one of the favorite questions that people like to ask. The short answer is it will be re-introduced in a later version.

Originally Posted by Delex View Post
Hello,
just instaleld and seems to work pretty good, congrats and thanks How can I check all my already registered users/bot trouigh this plugin? I have 90% of registered users that are bots.

Thanks
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Just installed it after getting about 50 spammers in the past couple of weeks...I can see the flood coming.

Is there any way to back-check all the accounts so I don't have to do it by hand?
This is a bad idea. This one has also been answered as well. The problem is the SFS database has a limit to the number of queries that you can do in a day. if you exceed it, you will get banned, possibly permanently from using their service.

While we could make something like this for smaller boards with less than 5000 members, large boards would need some really nice scripting and a cronjob to do the lookups in batches. That's a lot of code and a lot of support for a free mod. The other problem with this idea is that many boards are very old and have members that are also very old. Submitting that kind of data would likely produce a lot of invalid bans because whatever IPs were spamming say, 5 years ago are likely not doing so now and that Ip has probably been recycled to a legitimate web user.

The idea behind Spam-O-Matic (and most firewalls) is it blocks fresh known bad-guys, and over time, the bad-guys eventually fall off the list. Submitting stale data is not so nice.

So, it is not as simple as it seems at first glance, and probably will not be implemented except if someone needs it on a custom basis we might consider developing a custom version for someone. But it would be a paid mod due to the support involved.

Originally Posted by It's Damn Real! View Post
Any way to hide the "Spam-O-Matic Statistics" from regular users? Ideally I'd like to have that information only viewable by Admins and Moderators.
No, but that is a nice idea. I guess if people really want this we can add it based on popularity of the request.
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Old 30 Mar 2011, 11:34
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Thanks for the answer! I have a lot of moderation of real people. is there any "whitelist" I got 5 people in one day that had this issue.

Thanks

Alex
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Old 30 Mar 2011, 12:25
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While I love this mod, after upgrading from a previous version I have the following issue. When editing a post using quickedit, I am presented with an error:


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

When I disable the Spamomatic, this goes away.

I will say this... The log file blew me away. I can't get over how many spammers it caught since yesterday when I installed it!

***EDIT***
I had to disable this mod totally. I noticed there have not been any new posts since I installed the mod so I figured I'd give it a shot myself. I went to create a new post in one of my forums and received this:


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

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