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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: (554 votes - 4.79 average) Installs: 4725
Released: 05 Aug 2010 Last Update: 28 May 2013 Downloads: 23759
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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 04 Oct 2012, 14:14
Derek765 Derek765 is offline
 
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Oh alright, didn't know if it would still show information with 0 spammers and ect or not.
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Old 04 Oct 2012, 14:31
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Very happy with this. saved me a lot of work.

Thanks!
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Old 04 Oct 2012, 14:48
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Originally Posted by oddmud View Post
I see request after request after request of a whitelist option. Any news on that front? No one has a solution. I have to stop using the plugin (even though it's AWESOME) because I'm getting far to many normal people that can't register due to being listed as spammers, and they aren't.
Yes, it would be very nice if this could work. ESPECIALLY if there was a way to whitelist for a period of time only. (ie 7 days)

Originally Posted by BGN64 View Post
Is there any way to report a spammer to StopForumSpam if they never post? Just recently spammers have been registering by the dozens (per day) but they don't post. They were after the blog feature but I have the blog spam under control, I just want to report them.

Thanks.
I catch spammers who register alot - before they post. They arent listed in the database. Its cumbersome to go to stopforumspam and add the entry as wel as manually deleting the user. It would be great if this could be a one click deal like on posts.

Also, it would be nice if we could block by country. I have no use of China members for example - and would just like to block them outright.
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Old 04 Oct 2012, 15:07
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Originally Posted by joeychgo View Post
Yes, it would be very nice if this could work. ESPECIALLY if there was a way to whitelist for a period of time only. (ie 7 days)



I catch spammers who register alot - before they post. They arent listed in the database. Its cumbersome to go to stopforumspam and add the entry as wel as manually deleting the user. It would be great if this could be a one click deal like on posts.

Also, it would be nice if we could block by country. I have no use of China members for example - and would just like to block them outright.
add this if you haven't already
add this plugin

Product: vBulletin
Hook Location: useradmin_edit_column1
Title: Submit to StopForumSpam.com
Execution Order: 5
Plugin PHP Code:


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





this will allow you to submit them from admincp when viewing users details in admincp
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Old 05 Oct 2012, 08:07
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Originally Posted by joeychgo View Post
it would be nice if we could block by country. I have no use of China members for example - and would just like to block them outright.
Here is a good website to use. Add the rules to your .htaccess file to block from countries you do not want on your site.

Of course another way to do this is within vB. Settings > Options > User Banning Options
You have the option to use "*" as a wildcard so it will take a little time to do, which is why using the .htaccess is better.

http://www.ip2location.com/blockvisitorsbycountry.aspx
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Old 06 Oct 2012, 14:33
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It would be awesome to have a convenient way to submit spam info directly from the vb admin panel to stopforumspam.com
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Old 06 Oct 2012, 18:07
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Location: Ottawa, Canada
Originally Posted by Chadi View Post
It would be awesome to have a convenient way to submit spam info directly from the vb admin panel to stopforumspam.com
There already is. I've posted this before:

1. You'll need the SFS API key. Replace "1234567890abcd" in last line below with valid API.

2., AdminCP >> Plugins and Products >> Add New Plugin

3. Details for plugin

Product: vBulletin

Hook Location: useradmin_edit_column1 (or useradmin_edit_column2 if you prefer)

Title: Submit to StopForumSpam.com

Execution Order: 5

Plugin PHP Code:


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

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Old 08 Oct 2012, 19:19
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Any way to view stats without showing on forum home? besides log files
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Old 08 Oct 2012, 23:40
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Originally Posted by Robbed View Post
Any way to view stats without showing on forum home? besides log files
You can always add this line at the top of plugin "GlowHost - Spam-O-Matic - Stats render":


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

That will make it only visible to Admins.
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Old 09 Oct 2012, 15:01
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Hi, i got error when im adding this Mod to my vbulletin. I select the xml file and click import, it shows:


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


Last edited by postcd; 28 Aug 2013 at 11:48.
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Old 09 Oct 2012, 15:23
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Originally Posted by postcd View Post
Hi, i got error when im adding this Mod to my vbulletin. I select the xml file and click import, it shows:


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

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

to


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

in product-glowhostspamomatic.xml
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Old 09 Oct 2012, 15:38
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for those who are getting any database error just open
product-glowhostspamomatic.xml

and replace all instances of


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

with


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

this has been mentioned and ask alot of this thread please ensure you all read it
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Old 10 Oct 2012, 17:24
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I'm using duplicate up report by bop5 ip and threads created with this mod are moderated. The userid and usergroup are on the whitelist.

The logs show

2012-10-10 04:13:41 Unregistered Post put under moderation based on Auto-Moderation URL count
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Old 10 Oct 2012, 17:28
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Originally Posted by Robbed View Post
I'm using duplicate up report by bop5 ip and threads created with this mod are moderated. The userid and usergroup are on the whitelist.

The logs show

2012-10-10 04:13:41 Unregistered Post put under moderation based on Auto-Moderation URL count
that has nothing to do with this mod, please post support in BOP5 thread
http://www.vbulletin.org/forum/showthread.php?t=282525
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Old 10 Oct 2012, 17:54
Corrine. Corrine. is offline
 
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Spam-o-Matic Misses?

First, thank you for this add-on. In the 7 months since it was added, Glow-Host Spam-o-Matic has blocked ~1,000 spammers.

What concerns me is that for the past several days, spammers with very high reports at StopForumSpam are being passed to registration -- not all but 50+ have been passed through just the past three days. It isn't an issue with StopForumSpam being unavailable, as each as the indication, "Passed StopForumSpam checks. Sent to vBulletin Registration System."

Two examples from today:
None of them are over the 90-day setting, which we use as recommended. We also use the recommended 30 minute setting for "StopForumSpam: Data Fetching - Cache".

Any suggestions? (Site: Sysnative.com)
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