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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: (552 votes - 4.80 average) Installs: 4720
Released: 05 Aug 2010 Last Update: 28 May 2013 Downloads: 23704
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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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  #1021  
Old 26 May 2011, 22:05
TeknoSounds TeknoSounds is offline
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Originally Posted by Marv View Post
Weird, for some reason I canīt find the glowhost navigation in the admincp nor a setting page. The xml is properly uploaded in the includes/xml folder. Can anyone assist me with this issue?

Guess itīs a trivial problem, but I am stuck. Help appreciated.
the xml file is what you import, you don't upload it to the includes/xml folder
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  #1022  
Old 26 May 2011, 22:07
TeknoSounds TeknoSounds is offline
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Originally Posted by liltiger View Post
no... I originally tried to upload to my forum... and it wanted to replace admin cp and include...

then another post here said to put them in admin cp
this is expected behavior because it detects the same folders, but if its a new install there won't be any files to overwrite in that folder. For future upgrades, you'll be overwriting previously uploaded files.
But its only giving you the replace the folders question because its detecting the folders are already there, it won't do anything with any other files within the folder unless that file already exists.

Hope that helps.
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  #1023  
Old 28 May 2011, 04:39
liltiger liltiger is offline
 
Join Date: May 2011
Originally Posted by TeknoSounds View Post
this is expected behavior because it detects the same folders, but if its a new install there won't be any files to overwrite in that folder. For future upgrades, you'll be overwriting previously uploaded files.
But its only giving you the replace the folders question because its detecting the folders are already there, it won't do anything with any other files within the folder unless that file already exists.

Hope that helps.
OK - so I should say yes?
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  #1024  
Old 28 May 2011, 05:43
Marv Marv is offline
 
Join Date: Jun 2002
Originally Posted by TeknoSounds View Post
the xml file is what you import, you don't upload it to the includes/xml folder
I wasnīt referring to the product.xml, itīs about the cpnav_glowhostspamomatic.xml. Any ideas what could have happend? May be cpnav_glowhostspamomatic.xml is trying to install at in a cpnav_ hook, where other mods have installed theirs? How could I change that to another hook/place ?
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  #1025  
Old 28 May 2011, 09:20
TeknoSounds TeknoSounds is offline
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Originally Posted by Marv View Post
I wasnīt referring to the product.xml, itīs about the cpnav_glowhostspamomatic.xml. Any ideas what could have happend? May be cpnav_glowhostspamomatic.xml is trying to install at in a cpnav_ hook, where other mods have installed theirs? How could I change that to another hook/place ?
okay so you're saying you can't find the admincp settings for SpamoMatic, in your admincp folder there should be a glowhostspamomatic.php file, and the settings themselves are under the main settings manager, just check close to the bottom of the list...
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  #1026  
Old 28 May 2011, 19:13
autostick autostick is offline
 
Join Date: Aug 2003
MySQL Error on installation of product

My apologies if this was covered, but I searched and found nothing. I am installing SpamOMatic for the first time, and when I click on Import Product, I get this error message. Any suggestions are most welcome. Thanks.

Database error in vBulletin 4.1.3:

Invalid SQL:
CREATE TABLE IF NOT EXISTS `glowhostspamomatic_log`(
`date` DATETIME NOT NULL,
`ip` VARCHAR(15) NOT NULL,
`email` VARCHAR(255) NOT NULL,
`username` VARCHAR(255) NOT NULL,
`message` VARCHAR(255) NOT NULL,
`is_blocked` TINYINT NOT NULL DEFAULT "0",
`user_hash` VARCHAR(50) NOT NULL,
`user_id` INT NOT NULL
) TYPE=MyISAM;;

MySQL Error : You have an error in your SQL syntax; check the manual that corresponds to your MySQL server version for the right syntax to use near 'TYPE=MyISAM' at line 10
Error Number : 1064
Request Date : Saturday, May 28th 2011 @ 09:01:53 PM
Error Date : Saturday, May 28th 2011 @ 09:01:53 PM
Script : http://164.107.52.52/vb3/admincp/plu...=productimport
Referrer : http://164.107.52.52/vb3/admincp/plu...?do=productadd
IP Address : 164.107.52.52
Username : xx xx
Classname : vB_Database
MySQL Version : 5.5.8
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  #1027  
Old 30 May 2011, 12:29
LisaArnold LisaArnold is offline
 
Join Date: May 2011
Real name: Lisa Pham
I have a question that I can't seaem to find an answer for...

Does the Spam-O-Matic have a unbalanced tilt towards not recognizing IP reports in favor of email reports from submissions?

I ask this because on our forum- every spammer that gets through has bad IP reports from sometimes days/months before registering with our site. They get through with a good email, but the IP comes back as previously reported. This has happened numerous times.

I find that this is the case for nearly 99% of the bans. We're using the VBulletin version of Spam-O-Matic and this problem has been on-going for at least a month if not longer.

Is this a known bug in the Spam-O-Matic, and if so, are there any plans to fix it?

Is anyone else having the same problem?

Thanks in advance for any help in this.

Lisa
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  #1028  
Old 30 May 2011, 14:52
autostick autostick is offline
 
Join Date: Aug 2003
Thank you error 1064 is solved

Originally Posted by puertoblack2003 View Post
na i had the same issue with same info, but with photopost. attached is the modified file you should be ok
I changed the TYPE=MyISAM to ENGINE=MyISAM and removed ";" this happens on windows server mysql 5.5.8
Many thanks to puertoblack for posting the modified code that works flawlessly. Up and running now, my apologies for any duplication...
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  #1029  
Old 31 May 2011, 06:33
Rabbit9149 Rabbit9149 is offline
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Thanks

Thanks for this Mod. I installed this on my higher bot traffic site about 3 days ago to see how well it works and so far it has blocked all spammers 100%. 39 Spammers Denied Registration so far and counting. Again, Thanks very much for this Mod.
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  #1030  
Old 31 May 2011, 08:28
shrimpca shrimpca is offline
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
I can't get APIkey from stopspam.

Can you help me ??
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  #1031  
Old 31 May 2011, 09:03
Pionex Pionex is offline
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Thumbs up

installed, I dont know how well it works yet, but ill let you know tomorrow. Ive been getting, on average, 5 spam bots a day on my site before this was installed. installation went smoothly as well.

thank you.
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  #1032  
Old 31 May 2011, 09:28
Delphiprogrammi Delphiprogrammi is offline
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Real name: Erik
Originally Posted by shrimpca View Post
I can't get APIkey from stopspam.

Can you help me ??
you have to register on there forum to get an apikey due to abuse (people submitting false reports etc)

for people who have there ip listed and are not a spammer you can request removal though keep this in mind

1) ask nicely
2) do not argue with them or your ip stays in there database

Glowhost you could update the first post so you don't have to answer the same question all the time
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  #1033  
Old 31 May 2011, 09:30
Delphiprogrammi Delphiprogrammi is offline
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Real name: Erik
Originally Posted by autostick View Post
My apologies if this was covered, but I searched and found nothing. I am installing SpamOMatic for the first time, and when I click on Import Product, I get this error message. Any suggestions are most welcome. Thanks.

Database error in vBulletin 4.1.3:

Invalid SQL:
CREATE TABLE IF NOT EXISTS `glowhostspamomatic_log`(
`date` DATETIME NOT NULL,
`ip` VARCHAR(15) NOT NULL,
`email` VARCHAR(255) NOT NULL,
`username` VARCHAR(255) NOT NULL,
`message` VARCHAR(255) NOT NULL,
`is_blocked` TINYINT NOT NULL DEFAULT "0",
`user_hash` VARCHAR(50) NOT NULL,
`user_id` INT NOT NULL
) TYPE=MyISAM;;

MySQL Error : You have an error in your SQL syntax; check the manual that corresponds to your MySQL server version for the right syntax to use near 'TYPE=MyISAM' at line 10
Error Number : 1064
Request Date : Saturday, May 28th 2011 @ 09:01:53 PM
Error Date : Saturday, May 28th 2011 @ 09:01:53 PM
Script : http://164.107.52.52/vb3/admincp/plu...=productimport
Referrer : http://164.107.52.52/vb3/admincp/plu...?do=productadd
IP Address : 164.107.52.52
Username : xx xx
Classname : vB_Database
MySQL Version : 5.5.8
that looks like a duplicate ; at the end
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  #1034  
Old 31 May 2011, 15:05
Rabbit9149 Rabbit9149 is offline
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Originally Posted by autostick View Post
My apologies if this was covered, but I searched and found nothing. I am installing SpamOMatic for the first time, and when I click on Import Product, I get this error message. Any suggestions are most welcome. Thanks.

Database error in vBulletin 4.1.3:

Invalid SQL:
CREATE TABLE IF NOT EXISTS `glowhostspamomatic_log`(
`date` DATETIME NOT NULL,
`ip` VARCHAR(15) NOT NULL,
`email` VARCHAR(255) NOT NULL,
`username` VARCHAR(255) NOT NULL,
`message` VARCHAR(255) NOT NULL,
`is_blocked` TINYINT NOT NULL DEFAULT "0",
`user_hash` VARCHAR(50) NOT NULL,
`user_id` INT NOT NULL
) TYPE=MyISAM;;

MySQL Error : You have an error in your SQL syntax; check the manual that corresponds to your MySQL server version for the right syntax to use near 'TYPE=MyISAM' at line 10
Error Number : 1064
Request Date : Saturday, May 28th 2011 @ 09:01:53 PM
Error Date : Saturday, May 28th 2011 @ 09:01:53 PM
Script : http://164.107.52.52/vb3/admincp/plu...=productimport
Referrer : http://164.107.52.52/vb3/admincp/plu...?do=productadd
IP Address : 164.107.52.52
Username : xx xx
Classname : vB_Database
MySQL Version : 5.5.8
I had this same error. It has to do with the newer versions of mysql you use. You can fix it by right clicking on product-glowhostspamomatic.xml and click edit and open your find window and search for TYPE=MyISAM I think there were 3 of them you need to change to ENGINE=MyISAM and that should fix you all up.

Last edited by Rabbit9149; 31 May 2011 at 15:19.
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  #1035  
Old 31 May 2011, 15:37
Pionex Pionex is offline
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Spam-O-Matic Tagged ip - 213.163.97.20 Unable to connect to StopForumSpam.com. This is probably due to some temporary problems on their website: Unable to check. User passed to vBulletin registration system per your settings at 'StopForumSpam: Query Conne


Im not connecting to their website..... whats the issue?
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