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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: (557 votes - 4.79 average) Installs: 4739
Released: 05 Aug 2010 Last Update: 28 May 2013 Downloads: 23893
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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 [email protected] (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 12 Nov 2012, 16:03
djbaxter djbaxter is offline
 
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As I said earlier (maybe in the thread for the vbStopForumSpam version by pedigree), sometimes their server can appear down for some users and not for others, depending on where you are when you're trying to access it.

As long as you set it to "allow registration" when the database can't be accessed, you'll be fine.
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Old 12 Nov 2012, 19:01
Beatrix Kiddo Beatrix Kiddo is offline
 
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I don't really understand why but just in the last month I'm all of a sudden getting waves of spam registration attempts that are getting passed this add-on. Thankfully I have my forum set to where myself or another admin has to give a manual approval on the account so technically I have not been spammed. But when I first installed this mod up until just a while ago none of the slimeball spammers were even getting passed the Spam-o-matic...now they are...I think someone found a hack or a security hole to exploit.

Last edited by Beatrix Kiddo; 12 Nov 2012 at 19:07.
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Old 12 Nov 2012, 19:36
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Originally Posted by Beatrix Kiddo View Post
I don't really understand why but just in the last month I'm all of a sudden getting waves of spam registration attempts that are getting passed this add-on. Thankfully I have my forum set to where myself or another admin has to give a manual approval on the account so technically I have not been spammed. But when I first installed this mod up until just a while ago none of the slimeball spammers were even getting passed the Spam-o-matic...now they are...I think someone found a hack or a security hole to exploit.
try this
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Old 12 Nov 2012, 20:46
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Are Spammers suck! and Spam-O-Matic compatible? Do they interfere with each other in any way?
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Old 12 Nov 2012, 21:52
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Originally Posted by Snowhog View Post
Are Spammers suck! and Spam-O-Matic compatible? Do they interfere with each other in any way?
they work well with each other
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Old 12 Nov 2012, 22:44
djbaxter djbaxter is offline
 
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Originally Posted by ForceHSS View Post
they work well with each other
Yes. They do not compete with one another but target different varieties of spammers. Glowhost is primarily about blocking human spammers. Spammers Suck is about blocking spambots.
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Old 13 Nov 2012, 07:48
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Does this work with vb5-connect?
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Old 13 Nov 2012, 08:31
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Originally Posted by fishinstud View Post
Does this work with vb5-connect?
this is for vb4 only
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Old 13 Nov 2012, 11:09
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BEAST! THANK YOU!
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Old 16 Nov 2012, 03:05
deltahawk5 deltahawk5 is offline
 
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I'm confused...is Easy Clean up something we are able to run manually? If so, how? Our site has been hit pretty hard by spammer registration (almost 100 a day, which is the reason I set up this mod) and I'd like to have them removed if they match anything in the StopForumSpam DB.

Any help would be immensely appreciated!
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Old 16 Nov 2012, 09:06
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Originally Posted by deltahawk5 View Post
I'm confused...is Easy Clean up something we are able to run manually? If so, how? Our site has been hit pretty hard by spammer registration (almost 100 a day, which is the reason I set up this mod) and I'd like to have them removed if they match anything in the StopForumSpam DB.

Any help would be immensely appreciated!
This mod as great as it is will not help you with the clean up of already registered members to the site.

This is what I do for registration:

I have this mod set to check new registration e-mail, and IP address. I also have it set to auto moderate the first post only, in case someone gets past the mod. The only problem with this is that you have to pay attention to the post to see if it's been moderated, and then allow access manually.

The second thing that I do is use another mod I use is NoSpam!Image Enhancement by BOP5 I'm not really suppose to talk about other mods on this thread, but with the two combined I have few to no spammers.

Manual clean up is required for you at this point. However, with the use of this mod it may take a little time but you can not only clean but you may also submit the spammers when doing so.
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Old 17 Nov 2012, 02:43
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Hi All-

We will have a fix for the MySQL ENGINE/TYPE bug that is repeatedly reported very soon.

Also, a couple other common problems, plus a new feature (well, maybe a couple small ones too) is being added which has been requested many times over. Not telling what they are but this will be ready soon for your holiday present from GlowHost.

We are not doing anything major here, mainly code cleanup and bug fixes, because of the need for a vB5 version.

Stay tuned!

PS a big thanks to djbaxter, TheSupportForum, ForceHSS and I am sure I missed a few for your great help and support of this mod.
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Old 17 Nov 2012, 10:38
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Can someone PLEASE tell me how to fix the problem of posts that cannot be approved. The only solution is to physically deleted them and that's not a solution.
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Old 17 Nov 2012, 13:24
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Originally Posted by GlowHost.com View Post
Hi All-

We will have a fix for the MySQL ENGINE/TYPE bug that is repeatedly reported very soon.
Is that referring to the database error when installing the product?
In the past couple of days I've had more spammers than the rest of my forum's history combined, so this is the first place I came to but I can't seem to install it



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Old 17 Nov 2012, 14:19
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Originally Posted by osayidan View Post
Is that referring to the database error when installing the product?
In the past couple of days I've had more spammers than the rest of my forum's history combined, so this is the first place I came to but I can't seem to install it
Answer is just a page away...

http://www.vbulletin.org/forum/showp...postcount=2199
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