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[GlowHost] Spam-O-Matic for vB 3.8 (StopForumSpam, Akismet, Auto-Moderation and more)
Mod Version: 1.2.5, by GlowHost.com (Coder) GlowHost.com is offline
Developer Last Online: Feb 2018 I like it Show Printable Version Email this Page

vB Version: 3.8.x Rating: (30 votes - 4.90 average) Installs: 435
Released: 12 Aug 2010 Last Update: 30 Sep 2010 Downloads: 2839
Not Supported DB Changes Uses Plugins Auto-Template Additional Files External Content Is in Beta Stage  

We have released a mod for your vBulletin 3.8 that should stop almost all forum spam on your vBulletin boards. It is basically an (anti)Social Networking RBL to keep your forums clean!

This version is BETA and was developed specifically for vBulletin 4. However we believe this should work on vBulletin 3.8 so we have put it here for you in case you want to try a more robust Spam solution than what is currently available.

BETA is not a good word, this is more of an "Unsupported Backport" for earlier versions of vB.

The "REAL" Spam-O-Matic system was developed for vB4. This version is for you guys and gals that need to spend less time managing the spamers on your board(s). We hope it helps! The important features should work.

The original mod for vB 4 is located here:
http://www.vbulletin.org/forum/showthread.php?t=248042

IF YOU RUN vB4, MAKE SURE YOU ARE IN THE RIGHT THREAD!
Look at the URL above,
(sorry for caps)

This version is for vBulletin 4.x though has been reported to work on 3.6+
We only offer support on vBulletin 4.x as the 4.x version will have features not possible in the 3.x series.

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!

Just install the product in the product manager, upload a few files, configure the system and you are done. (Estimated time: 5-10 minutes)

How it works:
New registrations are checked against the known spammer database at StopForumSpam.com. If the email, IP, or username exists in their database, the user (or bot as the case may be) is denied registration on your forums. If they make it past the SFS check, they are checked against several Automatic Moderation rules, and are also checked against the Akismet service for known comment spam.

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 they are not found in the StopForumSpam database or are allowed registration by your rules, their registration details are passed to the built-in vBulletin registration system. (Human verification, etc)

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 and tertiary protections.

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, meds, etc)
  • 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.
B) 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.
Punitive Actions:
If you find a spammer has made it past your 3 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.

The next version will add a "Spam-O-Matic" option to the Postbit Moderation Tools menu to better streamline the process and make it two-click process instead of the long and cumbersome way that vBulletin Ban options are presented now. This new menu option will be available only for vBulletin 4.x series.

API Keys:
API Keys are NOT required for this system to stop spammers on your forums.

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.

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 3 popular methods of spam prevention into one product.
  • No Manual Template Modifications!
  • Supported!
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Compatibility:

vBulletin 4.0.x - but for 4.x you should GO HERE instead.

vBulletin 3x versions that have been reported to work:

*vBulletin 3.8.4 Patch Level 2
*vBulletin 3.8.5
*vBulletin 3.8.6 Patch Level 1
*vBulletin 3.8.7
*vBulletin 3.8.7 Patch Level 1
*vBulletin 3.8.7 Patch Level 2 (with this mod)



(Add your version here by sending us a PM or post in the thread!)

Should you decide to install this on an vB3, we are interested in your feedback. Let us know if it works or fails miserably.

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Reported Conflicts or reproducible known issues:

None at this time for this release.

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Modifications:

2 table alterations

9 hooks used:

- register_addmember_process
- register_addmember_complete
- userdata_presave
- useradmin_edit_column1
- userdata_delete
- userdata_postsave
- newpost_process
- threadfpdata_presave
- postdata_presave

No new templates or template modifications!

Uploads:
4 files. (2 PHP, 2 XML)
1 Product Manager Upload
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Donations:

If you like this mod, sure, you can donate.
But the best donation would be to nominate us for MOTM, to tell your friends and others about this mod, and if you are in need of web hosting, order it from GlowHost.com to show your thanks.

We hope you enjoy the mod, spread the word to keep all of our forums clean.

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Installation:

1) Download the attached file
2) Mark As Installed
3) Extract the zip file, and view the readme file.

If you like this mod, please nominate us for Mod Of The Month

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Original concept credits go to the authors of vBStopForumSpam and MonkeyStop

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  #106  
Old 08 May 2011, 15:18
kh99 kh99 is offline
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Real name: Kevin
I have a question for people using this: I started using this a couple weeks ago but today I checked the Spam-O-Matic log and I see lots of blocked registrations which is good, but I see "submitted to SFS" log entries for only 6 members when I know I used the box in ACP on the member profile page to ban and submit a lot more than 6. Looking at SFS in "my spammers" also shows I've only submitted 6. Anyone else having a problem like this?
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Old 10 May 2011, 02:13
Voyager-S Voyager-S is offline
 
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First of all, thank you for this plugin.

Is there any way to mass-submit and delete users? I have 11,000+ users than I'm confident about them being spammers (using same value in a custom profile field), but I can't find an option to mass-erase them and report them.

Thanks.
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  #108  
Old 11 May 2011, 12:25
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Originally Posted by imported_Veronica View Post
First of all, thank you for this plugin.

Is there any way to mass-submit and delete users? I have 11,000+ users than I'm confident about them being spammers (using same value in a custom profile field), but I can't find an option to mass-erase them and report them.

Thanks.
I want to do the same
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  #109  
Old 13 May 2011, 18:31
tyteen4a03 tyteen4a03 is offline
 
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Is there a way to use TypePad Anti-Spam instead of Akismet?
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Old 14 May 2011, 18:46
kh99 kh99 is offline
 
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Real name: Kevin
Originally Posted by kh99 View Post
I have a question for people using this: I started using this a couple weeks ago but today I checked the Spam-O-Matic log and I see lots of blocked registrations which is good, but I see "submitted to SFS" log entries for only 6 members when I know I used the box in ACP on the member profile page to ban and submit a lot more than 6. Looking at SFS in "my spammers" also shows I've only submitted 6. Anyone else having a problem like this?
I'm answering my own question (I realize support is only given in the 4.0 thread).

Anyway, in a couple of places in includes/functions_ghsom.php there's some code like this:


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


but (on our server anyway) it was stopping the sessions from working, so if you tried to use the functions on the user edit page (in the ACP) nothing would happen (it would go to the ban or delete user page but wouldn't submit to SFS or delete threads). So I edited the code (in two places) to look like this:


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


the @ stops it from displaying an error that happens because the headers *have* been sent, but it seems to work in spite of that error.

BTW, I also commented out the part that deletes threads because the comment says "this is definitely ALPHA code" and I'm not sure if that's the right way to delete threads and posts.
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  #111  
Old 19 May 2011, 14:17
kh99 kh99 is offline
 
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Real name: Kevin
Another question - does anyone else see an SFS page appear briefly when submitting the info? And if so, do you have any idea why it happens? I've looked at the code and don't understand how it's even possible.
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Old 25 May 2011, 02:16
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Originally Posted by imported_Veronica View Post
First of all, thank you for this plugin.

Is there any way to mass-submit and delete users? I have 11,000+ users than I'm confident about them being spammers (using same value in a custom profile field), but I can't find an option to mass-erase them and report them.

Thanks.
Originally Posted by Vinyljunky View Post
I want to do the same
Remove them via database. Quick & Simple
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  #113  
Old 31 May 2011, 13:42
carsafety carsafety is offline
 
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I recently received an email claiming to be from spamhaus.org, citing a large number of queries from my server IP address. It was suspicious enough that I would have ignored it, except that I recently installed this mod. Of course, they appear to want me to pay for their service. Is this mod doing queries to Spamhaus datafeed? I don't believe I have any other third party spam mods other than the integrated akismet filter.

The only Spam-O-Matic features I have enabled are IP check and email check.
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  #114  
Old 11 Jun 2011, 13:59
tyteen4a03 tyteen4a03 is offline
 
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Originally Posted by carsafety View Post
I recently received an email claiming to be from spamhaus.org, citing a large number of queries from my server IP address. It was suspicious enough that I would have ignored it, except that I recently installed this mod. Of course, they appear to want me to pay for their service. Is this mod doing queries to Spamhaus datafeed? I don't believe I have any other third party spam mods other than the integrated akismet filter.

The only Spam-O-Matic features I have enabled are IP check and email check.
Nope, this mod does not query to Spamhaus. It's probably a scam.

Also, to enable TypePad Antispam in this mod, simply replace

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 the newpost_process hook, and do the same in includes/functions_ghsom.php. Next, replace

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.

Then get a free API key from http://antispam.typepad.com/info/get-api-key.html.
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  #115  
Old 23 Jun 2011, 11:05
rob_pio rob_pio is offline
 
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Originally Posted by carsafety View Post
I recently received an email claiming to be from spamhaus.org, citing a large number of queries from my server IP address. It was suspicious enough that I would have ignored it, except that I recently installed this mod. Of course, they appear to want me to pay for their service. Is this mod doing queries to Spamhaus datafeed? I don't believe I have any other third party spam mods other than the integrated akismet filter.

The only Spam-O-Matic features I have enabled are IP check and email check.
I've just received the same email (& have this mod installed).Seems a bit strange
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  #116  
Old 12 Jul 2011, 12:39
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Eveything was working fine for the past few months. But now I get the error below

Spam-O-Matic Tagged username - Zocaescopsy REMOTE_ERROR: Unverfied but allowed by policy



Can anybody help?

Thanks
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  #117  
Old 27 Jul 2011, 00:44
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Will there be also a 2.0 version (like there is for vb4) for vb 3.8.x?
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  #118  
Old 27 Jul 2011, 00:58
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Probably not, sorry.
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Old 27 Jul 2011, 11:51
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That's a pity, but thank you for the quick response.
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Old 01 Aug 2011, 13:02
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Thank you
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