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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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Only licensed members can download files, Click Here for more information.

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  #121  
Old 02 Aug 2011, 13:01
mbentley mbentley is offline
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Maybe it is just me, but when I user the inline moderation tools to 'Delete Posts as Spam' and then choose to 'Submit data to Anti-Spam Service' and then proceed to ban the user, everything submits correctly but when I am returned to the thread which contains the post, the cookie 'vbulletin_inlinepost' is not cleared. Same goes for when I 'Delete Threads as Spam'.

I would have to guess that something is causing the problem from a plugin standpoint where it isn't running the setcookie code to clear it. On the forums I am having the problem on, both 'Akismet: Auto-submit from Moderation Tools' and 'StopForumSpam: Auto-submit from Moderation Tools' are set to 'Yes'. Any idea what might be causing this or a possible workaround? Having to go back and uncheck the post/thread adds another annoying step to dealing with spammers.

*edit: i did some further testing and it only fails to clear the cookies when 'StopForumSpam: Auto-submit from Moderation Tools' is set to 'Yes'. Setting it to 'No' allows the cookie to be cleared as expected.
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  #122  
Old 02 Aug 2011, 19:42
I.M.O.G. I.M.O.G. is offline
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
I am not sure mbentley, however I have seen the same behavior on other forums when auto-submit from moderation tools is set to yes. I have to manually select "deselect posts" from the moderation dropdown after I use "Delete as Spam" and it completes processing.

I don't know why its happening either, but the auto-submit is very useful, and a fix would be great.
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  #123  
Old 03 Aug 2011, 20:04
dfe dfe is offline
 
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VB 3.8.4 Patch Level 2.

Installed and working 100%.
One hour and already 12 spammers blocked.
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  #124  
Old 11 Aug 2011, 17:48
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squidsk squidsk is offline
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Its working fine with VB 3.8.7 PL2 .

Three suggestions I have.

1) Have different time settings for email checks as opposed to username/IP checks. The reason being that an email that is created to spam is not likely to be re-purposed for legitimate use while IP addresses and usernames can actually be used legitimately.

2) In the log have options to only show blocked/allowed registrations

3) Log threads/posts that are moderated so its easy to see what threads/posts this plugin is affecting

Excellent mod!!
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  #125  
Old 21 Aug 2011, 06:47
hipgirl hipgirl is offline
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
on 3.8.3

Just installed on 3.8.3. Posted a couple of test threads. Seems working fine.

Thanks.
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  #126  
Old 24 Aug 2011, 21:23
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tpearl5 tpearl5 is offline
 
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Originally Posted by mbentley View Post
Maybe it is just me, but when I user the inline moderation tools to 'Delete Posts as Spam' and then choose to 'Submit data to Anti-Spam Service' and then proceed to ban the user, everything submits correctly but when I am returned to the thread which contains the post, the cookie 'vbulletin_inlinepost' is not cleared. Same goes for when I 'Delete Threads as Spam'.
I'm having the same problem
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  #127  
Old 26 Aug 2011, 09:17
dfe dfe is offline
 
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I am having a problem with valid users being blocked, where only the username is picked up as a spammer, but often generic names, like the firstname Ernest. How do I set not to only scan on username, or when people report this how can I whitelist them?
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  #128  
Old 26 Aug 2011, 12:33
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korny korny is offline
 
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Real name: Bryan
Originally Posted by dfe View Post
I am having a problem with valid users being blocked, where only the username is picked up as a spammer, but often generic names, like the firstname Ernest. How do I set not to only scan on username, or when people report this how can I whitelist them?
Would like to know if this is an option as well. If not, where can I edit this text so I can add to it letting valid users to now what to do if they get this warning:

Registration denied, this forum runs an active policy of not allowing spammers. Please contact us via the "Contact Us" page link if you believe this is in error
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  #129  
Old 30 Aug 2011, 17:52
John_Shaft John_Shaft is offline
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Just installed this, have to say (so far) awesome Mod. Exactly what I was looking for.

Originally Posted by dfe View Post
I am having a problem with valid users being blocked, where only the username is picked up as a spammer, but often generic names, like the firstname Ernest
Pretty easy, under the GlowHost options (in Vbulletin options) set StopForumSpam: Username Check to Disabled. I had StopForumSpam installed before and had the same problem (legit users trying to register as Matt, etc I guess).
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  #130  
Old 30 Aug 2011, 20:28
muniery muniery is offline
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Sir ..

Please help me i got erro

Warning: require_once(includes/functions_vbghsfs.php) [function.require-once]: failed to open stream: No such file or directory in [path]/admincp/user.php(757) : eval()'d code on line 3

Fatal error: require_once() [function.require]: Failed opening required 'includes/functions_vbghsfs.php' (include_path='.:/usr/local/lib/php') in /usr/home/bicaraj/domains/bicarajutawan.com/public_html/forum/admincp/user.php(757) : eval()'d code on line 3
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  #131  
Old 31 Aug 2011, 18:45
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squidsk squidsk is offline
 
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Sounds like you didn't copy the files into the correct locations when uploading them to your server.
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  #132  
Old 02 Sep 2011, 00:11
jcodemasters jcodemasters is offline
 
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Does this work on VB 3.6.X?
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  #133  
Old 02 Sep 2011, 17:32
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squidsk squidsk is offline
 
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If you check the OP is says it works in 3.6 PL1.
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  #134  
Old 04 Sep 2011, 05:45
muniery muniery is offline
 
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Originally Posted by squidsk View Post
Sounds like you didn't copy the files into the correct locations when uploading them to your server.
Sir.,,thank sir problems solve..

but one more problem if enable the SPAM-O Matic

during making posting will be



Parse error: syntax error, unexpected T_BOOLEAN_OR in /usr/home/bicaraj/domains/bicarajutawan.com/public_html/forum/includes/functions_newpost.php(413) : eval()'d code on line 32
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  #135  
Old 19 Sep 2011, 05:37
kursed kursed is offline
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
I'm facing the same issue as above
Block Disabled:      (Update License Status)  
Suspended or Unlicensed Members Cannot View Code.

What's the respite for this?
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