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Mod Version: 0.61, by pedigree (Coder) pedigree is offline
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vB Version: 4.0.0 Rating: (100 votes - 4.73 average) Installs: 1205
Released: 23 Dec 2009 Last Update: 27 Dec 2009 Downloads: 6146
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Mod of the month winner October 2009.... That cant be bad

Apologies in advance, this is a copy of the 3.6/3.7/3.8 mod that has been verified to work in 4.0 (its so that I dont get a billion PMs asking if it works in 4.0)

This provides access to a RBL type system for forum admins, listing known spam IP / email / usernames. The RBL database is provided by You do NOT need an API key from the website in order to access the database. only to submit data if you should wish to do so.

At the point of user registration, the mod checks if the IP number / provided username / email addresses appear on a block list and can block the registration.

Whilst this isnt the most perfect way to stop all forum spam, its another step that spammers have to overcome.

What it does

It checks with a remote database of known forum spammers. Their IP number, email address and forum username are tested and based on your configuration, you can reject / log / accept user registrations based on what you get back.

This version doesnt have
- whitelisting or the ability to submit users to the database but it will within the next week.
- automatic user deletion / post / PM purging. There are good tools out there already, this does something else.

Instructions are included in the installation.txt file - PLEASE read it first and dont forget to actually upload the files in the upload folder, otherwise it WILL kill your registration progress and you wont see the log file options in admincp.

Changes to vB
- 3 new database tables
- 2 database table alternations
- No new templates.
- 2 Hook (register_addmember_process & register_addmember_complete)

Ive tested it but had feedback that it works with versions as old as 3.6.2... Support should go back to older versions, as long as they have hook support for register_addmember_process / register_addmember_complete

For code to submit spammers to the database, check this post for code changes

Reported to work
- 3.6.1, 3.6.2, 3.6.9, 3.6.10, 3.7.0, 3.7.1, 3.7.2, 3.7.3, 3.74, 3.80, 3.81, 3.82, 3.83, 3.8.4, 4.0beta3, 4.0 Gold
, 4.2pl1,2

Installers should remember to refresh their ACP navigation window when they first install it so they can see the new log file menu item.


There is a small mod, coded by Wired1 that will allow you to submit spammer details to the database from the admin control panel, here This relies 100% on javascript being enabled and makes no tests that it is enabled.

You need to have an API key from in order to submit data, its free and easy to get... You DONT need an API key in order to use this mod however, only to submit spammer data.

Issues are
- The usergroup permissions / view details etc DONT work. I jumped the gun and put the permissions controls in there before I put the code in. Please delete the includes/xml/bitfield_vbstopforumspam.xml file and rebuild your postbit

- Follow the instructions in the zip file, that includes the file upload the correct folders.

Please click Installed

The original thread is at where there is a wealth of knowledge about the mod, please ask questions in there.

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Old 12 Jan 2010, 22:24
linuxututs linuxututs is offline
Join Date: Oct 2009
Originally Posted by radmoose View Post
Not to put words into Pedigree's mouth...

But the UNREGISTERED and EMAIL entries, at least on my site, are from scripts submitting those as username/email items.

I thought it was a bug at first too.
I go there looking for email, names, etc... all the time, and would have never thought to look for that. ( Thanks )

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Old 12 Jan 2010, 22:27
Too Tall Too Tall is offline
Join Date: Jun 2008
Installed. Ten mins. later it's blocking my LEAST fav. nation of spammers

Thank you.
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Old 15 Jan 2010, 15:37
mobiledesign mobiledesign is offline
Join Date: Oct 2009
Quiet as a mouse, here.

Nice mod, thank you very much!
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Old 16 Jan 2010, 01:05
Verionia Verionia is offline
Join Date: Jul 2009
works with 4.01?
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Old 17 Jan 2010, 00:18
redhawk89 redhawk89 is offline
Join Date: Dec 2008
bump, does this work with 4.0.1?
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Old 17 Jan 2010, 01:17
chingon chingon is offline
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Working with 4.0.1 here, log shows it to be working really well. Thanks.
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Old 17 Jan 2010, 06:47
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BBR-APBT BBR-APBT is offline
Join Date: Feb 2009
So no one is having any issues at all with this in 4.0.1?

I think I may install this.
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Old 17 Jan 2010, 12:09
credit Repair credit Repair is offline
Join Date: Sep 2006
This Deleted my forum

I installed this and got to the part of importing the XML in admin. I got some sort of error (forgot now but something about invalid file)

So I tried going back to our forum and its completely gone.

I tried going back to Admin - gone. So I deleted to two folders which I had just uploaded (admincp & includes) forum is still gone.

Please help with this and tell me its an easy fix

**EDIT* Nevermind found the problem

Last edited by credit Repair; 17 Jan 2010 at 12:39.
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Old 17 Jan 2010, 12:39
KURTZ KURTZ is offline
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Real name: Christian
Originally Posted by BBR-APBT View Post
So no one is having any issues at all with this in 4.0.1?

I think I may install this.
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Old 17 Jan 2010, 19:34
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princeedward princeedward is offline
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Real name: Edward
errrr how can we test this if this is really workin?

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Old 18 Jan 2010, 15:04
meissenation meissenation is offline
Join Date: Apr 2005
Working on my 4.0.1 site. I just tested it too by going to and using the username and e-mail address of the most recent spammer in their database. When I clicked to register, it checked against the database and denied my registration. Works perfectly!
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Old 19 Jan 2010, 22:48
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KW802 KW802 is offline
Join Date: Jul 2003
Real name: Kevin
Originally Posted by princeedward View Post
errrr how can we test this if this is really workin?
Just look in your logs to see if anybody is getting blocked...

ACP => Statistics & Logs => vBStopForumSpam Logs
Sci-Fi Forum / The Walking Dead & Horror Forum / CinVin

(Sorry, but I am no longer developing for vB; please do not PM. So long, and thanks for all the fish.)
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Old 20 Jan 2010, 05:29
john_robot john_robot is offline
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Real name: John Robot
great but waiting for whitelisting or the ability to submit users to the database .
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Old 20 Jan 2010, 08:53
Delilahs Delilahs is offline
Join Date: Mar 2009
having done the file edits for the extra plugin, this works a treat in full, and the first one is submitted to the database.
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Old 20 Jan 2010, 12:23
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madotds madotds is offline
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Just installed this and it works great on VB 4.0.1 thank you.
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