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Spambot Stopper - Prevent Spambots from Registering
Mod Version: 1.1.1, by kh99 (Senior Member) kh99 is offline
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vB Version: 4.x.x Rating: (53 votes - 4.92 average) Installs: 445
Released: 01 Feb 2013 Last Update: 16 Feb 2013 Downloads: 2036
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What is it?
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This mod rejects registrations where the form is filled out in less than a minimum time. You can configure one of the following actions to be taken when an automated registration is detected:

- Show a "No Permissions" page
- Display the "Successful Registration" message but without creating an account
- Redirect the user to any URL you choose
- Reload the registration page with an error message of your choosing

You can also provide a list of email addresses to be notified each time a registration is blocked.

Added for version 1.1.1: Time delay enforcer, maximum time option, time limits to cut down on email notifications, posting to a thread.

In the future, I'd like to add some simple logging and statistics, and a summary type of email notification (because people seem to quickly get tired of the single emails).

Note: I coded this myself from scratch, but I would like to acknowledge a couple of previous mods that used this same idea, by users Calorie and noppid, and maybe others. In any case, I believe this one adds some features that the others don't have.

Other advantages: no ads or links, no abuse of update notifications, no disappearing features, no threats to delete the mod (it will never be deleted, at least by me). Also, translations are allowed.

Installation:
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1) If you have "Is Bot", "Stop the Registration Bots", "Spammers Suck!", or another mod that works on registration time, note any admincp settings for that mod then uninstall it.

2) Import the product XML file from the Product Manager.

3) Go to Settings > Options > Spambot Stopper Options and configure the desired settings.

4) IMPORTANT: try to register a new user to make sure that there are no problems with humans registering. If you want, you can also temporarily set the minimum time to a higher value (like 60 seconds) and test to see if the spammer rejection is working.



History:
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1.1.1 (Feb 16, 2013)
  • Added timer for enforcing minimum time
  • Added maximum registration time limit
  • Added time limits for email notifications
  • Added posting notificatiosn to a thread

1.0.1 (Feb 01, 2013)
  • Fixed bug
  • Added check for fake timestamps

1.0 (Jan 31, 2013)
  • Initial Release

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  #361  
Old 25 Jun 2014, 04:23
Bluemax712 Bluemax712 is offline
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
They do appear to be from some bot using generic text

Thanks - I probably will disable it for guests if that's possible
though mainly it was used for people having trouble registering and it wasn't really abused much until recently.
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  #362  
Old 25 Jun 2014, 12:15
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Max Taxable Max Taxable is offline
 
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I have good luck just using the native human verification for that action.

Plus, the Mods in addition to this one, which are recommended at the link in my signature, help as well.
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  #363  
Old 26 Jun 2014, 05:17
helmer.co helmer.co is offline
 
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Originally Posted by kh99 View Post
That may be the same problem a few other people were having. I'll try to find time to look at it.
Have you had time to look at this yet kh99?

Thanks,


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  #364  
Old 27 Jun 2014, 14:51
kh99 kh99 is offline
 
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Originally Posted by helmer.co View Post
Have you had time to look at this yet kh99?

Thanks,


John


http://www.helmer.co
Sorry, I haven't. I'll try again this weekend.
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  #365  
Old 28 Jun 2014, 00:52
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Thank you for this! Works perfectly for 4.2.2
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  #366  
Old 30 Jun 2014, 01:14
Bluemax712 Bluemax712 is offline
 
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Originally Posted by kh99 View Post
That's an interesting idea. I suppose there's no reason not to apply the same idea to that form. But of course it would only work if it's being submitted by a bot.
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  #367  
Old 10 Jul 2014, 00:46
Grouper Grouper is offline
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
I have my minimum value set at 10 with max set at 0. I also have the force user to wait until minimum time enabled, then have the redirect to registration page with error message. I was going through my glow-host spam logs and noticed the same users hitting the page 5+ times so I went to do a test registration and noticed that even after the timer stopped and the registration button enabled it is always returning the user to the registration page with the error message specified in the settings.

I AM using FunCaptcha but that shouldn't have any issues i wouldn't think.
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  #368  
Old 10 Jul 2014, 00:50
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ForceHSS ForceHSS is offline
 
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check error logs for full error
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  #369  
Old 10 Jul 2014, 15:56
Grouper Grouper is offline
 
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I don't have anything in my vb php error logs
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  #370  
Old 10 Jul 2014, 18:24
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ForceHSS ForceHSS is offline
 
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check the tec email your have in the config error should go there
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Old 10 Jul 2014, 19:51
kh99 kh99 is offline
 
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Real name: Kevin
Originally Posted by Grouper View Post
I have my minimum value set at 10 with max set at 0. I also have the force user to wait until minimum time enabled, then have the redirect to registration page with error message. I was going through my glow-host spam logs and noticed the same users hitting the page 5+ times so I went to do a test registration and noticed that even after the timer stopped and the registration button enabled it is always returning the user to the registration page with the error message specified in the settings.

I AM using FunCaptcha but that shouldn't have any issues i wouldn't think.
I'm sorry that it's not working for you. All I can tell you right now is to disable it (which you probably figured out already). Others have reported that it doesn't work when Captcha is enabled, so maybe you're having a similar problem. If I get a chance to look in to that issue I'll post an update.
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  #372  
Old 11 Jul 2014, 00:17
infnity8x3 infnity8x3 is offline
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Works as intended. Caught about 5 within the hour.

I use Captcha with this mod because I know the only thing Captcha slows down is people. Bots fly past it in seconds, literally.

Thanks for this
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  #373  
Old 11 Jul 2014, 00:34
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Max Taxable Max Taxable is offline
 
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Originally Posted by infnity8x3 View Post
Works as intended. Caught about 5 within the hour.

I use Captcha with this mod because I know the only thing Captcha slows down is people.
Bots fly past it in seconds, literally.

Thanks for this
It also, annoys them. But that's for another thread.
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  #374  
Old 11 Jul 2014, 01:04
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ozzy47 ozzy47 is offline
 
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Real name: Chris
I would have to agree, captcha's are a thing of the past, and only annoy potential members. I don't use them, or questions and have no spam.
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  #375  
Old 01 Aug 2014, 20:18
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Chadi Chadi is offline
 
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I noticed that this conflicts in mobile skin. Even though my minimum seconds is set to 15, no matter how long I wait I still get the error "are you a spam bot" message, only in mobile registration process. Any fix?
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