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NoSpam! - an alternative to CAPTCHA images
Mod Version: 3.0, by antialiasis (Member) antialiasis is offline
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This modification is in the archives.
vB Version: 3.6.x Rating: (181 votes - 4.92 average) Installs: 1566
Released: 24 Aug 2006 Last Update: 23 Jun 2008 Downloads: 12054
Not Supported Uses Plugins Auto-Template  

This hack is for vBulletin 3.6.x. For 3.5.x, please use the one provided in this thread. If you are using 3.7.x, you must use the one in this thread.

This simple hack is meant as a replacement for the default CAPTCHA system in vBulletin. There are two main reasons one might want to do this: firstly, new technology is constantly being developed to crack CAPTCHA images and make spam accounts anyway, and secondly, the more secure the CAPTCHA, the more difficult it is for genuine users to tell what the numbers in the image are. There is also the issue of visually impaired users, and the fact that not all servers are capable of generating CAPTCHA images.

So what does this hack do instead? It asks a question. Any question you want. That's the best part: YOU make up the questions, which means that every forum is unique, which means that it is impossible for spambots to be simply programmed to bypass it at all forums with the hack installed. You can make one or many questions - if you make many, the hack will pick one at random when a guest attempts to register, search, post or send mail through the Contact Us form. Their input is compared with your specified answer, and voilą, if they get it right they're pretty much guaranteed to be human. If they get it wrong, they're given an error message.

It doesn't have to be a complicated question. Heck, you can just make it "Please type 'blah' into this box." Or you can go with inserting a simple image with HTML and ask what is shown on the image. Or you can ask them to tell you two plus two. It's up to you. In fact, this can also be used as a means of forcing people to read the rules by asking for a certain password found there, or if your forum focuses on a specialized subject, ask a question concerning the subject that all your genuine users will be able to answer, but a random troll or "CAPTCHA-sweatshop-reader" will be scratching their head over.

It's simple to install, too: just one product to import, and that's it.


VERSION HISTORY:

3.0: Added functionality to allow users to specify which pages should use NoSpam!.
2.0: Extended the NoSpam! functionality to guest posts, guest searches and guest "Contact Us" in addition to registration.
1.1: Made template edit automatic (with thanks to Cole2026), added ability to have more than one answer to each question, and made answers case insensitive. To upgrade, I recommend undoing the template edit so you won't have to worry about it anymore (replace $nospamfield in the template register with $imagereg, or if you added $nospamfield above $imagereg, just remove $nospamfield altogether), and then reimport the product through the Admin CP (making sure that Allow Overwrite is set to On).
1.0: Initial release.


INSTALLATION:

Please download NoSpam!.zip, not product-nospam.xml, for the tested version. product.nospam.xml is NoSpam! 4.0 adapted blindly to 3.6, i.e. by editing the XML file for the 3.7 version without actually testing it on a 3.6 board. Theoretically it should work, but I cannot guarantee it at this time. If you download NoSpam!.zip and unzip it, it will contain another file called product.nospam.xml, which you should use.

1. Import product-nospam.xml through the Admin CP product manager.
2. Go to your vBulletin options in the Admin CP and select NoSpam! Settings. Once there, turn the system on and input your questions and answers according to the instructions there.

The system should now be functional and running.


UNINSTALLATION:

Just uninstall the product through the Admin CP.


SUPPORT:

Full support will be given here in this thread. All suggestions are welcome.

Thank you and please click "Mark as Installed" if you like it.


If NoSpam! is not working for you or you are looking for something a little different, you might want to check out Advanced Textual Confirmation.

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  #256  
Old 22 Jan 2007, 19:29
rknight111 rknight111 is offline
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
I installed today and hope it stops all these new users trying to register that are all use the same time zones, (GMT -7:00) Eniwetok, Kajaleiw

And there from all over, USA, Russia, Japan, where ever.

I have 10 - 12 per day try to sign on as members and I set my Admin CP for me to moderate all new users, Well that means I have to check out up to 20 users a day, that can be alot of extra work. And I have even deleted some users I wanted on the site, and don't know how to get them back.

If this works I will know within 2 days, hopefully then my new users can reister and I dont have to moderate the new users

RON
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  #257  
Old 23 Jan 2007, 06:54
WhyDoesItMatter WhyDoesItMatter is offline
 
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Just amazing! Well done.
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  #258  
Old 23 Jan 2007, 21:44
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Thank You!

Love it!
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  #259  
Old 24 Jan 2007, 00:22
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The next version will include the option to turn it on and off for each page (registration, Contact Us, search) separately.

And thanks for the tip about the version check URL - guess I got the vBulletin.org feature somehow wrong.
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  #260  
Old 24 Jan 2007, 01:06
haris_led haris_led is offline
 
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Real name: Haris
i have just installed it, and the captcha image when registering is still there!!
how can i disable the captcha image??
thanks
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  #261  
Old 24 Jan 2007, 06:57
rknight111 rknight111 is offline
 
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Well, Its great allready. Two days and 21 new registrations and not one spammer. Usually I would have at least 5 day. Thanks for the good work.

RON
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  #262  
Old 24 Jan 2007, 08:58
lostgirl815 lostgirl815 is offline
 
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I'm sorry to be stupid but this is my first time using a plug-in: am I supposed to unzip the file first before importing it in my plugin&product manager? (Because, the file shows up as a zip, not as "product-nospam.xml.")

Last edited by lostgirl815; 24 Jan 2007 at 09:05.
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Old 24 Jan 2007, 14:24
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captainron19 captainron19 is offline
 
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I installed this product (Using V 3.6.4) when into the cp settings turned on the no spam, entered a question with an answer, but it is not showing up on my registration page. Any ideas what I might be missing?

Ron
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Last edited by captainron19; 24 Jan 2007 at 14:33.
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Old 24 Jan 2007, 14:58
Caiman Caiman is offline
 
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After having used this for a while now, I just want to reiterate how awesomely effective it is. I've gone from literally twenty+ spam registrants a week to zero, thanks to such a simple implementation using easy math questions. Couldn't be happier.
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  #265  
Old 24 Jan 2007, 15:17
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Originally Posted by lostgirl815 View Post
I'm sorry to be stupid but this is my first time using a plug-in: am I supposed to unzip the file first before importing it in my plugin&product manager? (Because, the file shows up as a zip, not as "product-nospam.xml.")
Yes, you should unzip it. product-nospam.xml is inside the zip file.

Originally Posted by captainron19 View Post
I installed this product (Using V 3.6.4) when into the cp settings turned on the no spam, entered a question with an answer, but it is not showing up on my registration page. Any ideas what I might be missing?

Ron
www.fire-forums.com
Go to the register template and try manually finding $imagereg and adding $nospamfield above it.
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3.6:
NoSpam! - get rid of those spambots for good!
Import News from a Forum - have unread announcements appear at the top of every page of your forum to get members to read them!
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NoSpam! - the 3.5 version
Personal Notepad - allow your members to store private notes in their User CP
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  #266  
Old 24 Jan 2007, 15:35
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Originally Posted by antialiasis View Post
Go to the register template and try manually finding $imagereg and adding $nospamfield above it.
I went into the style manager and di that but it still didnt work.
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  #267  
Old 24 Jan 2007, 16:23
als95tsi als95tsi is offline
 
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*installed.

thanks!
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Old 24 Jan 2007, 17:48
lostgirl815 lostgirl815 is offline
 
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Originally Posted by antialiasis View Post
Yes, you should unzip it. product-nospam.xml is inside the zip file.
Thanks for the reply!
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  #269  
Old 24 Jan 2007, 18:30
haris_led haris_led is offline
 
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antialiasis, can you help me with my problem??
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  #270  
Old 24 Jan 2007, 20:04
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You can disable image verification in the control panel under User Registration Options
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