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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
Developer Last Online: Mar 2020 I like it Show Printable Version Email this Page

vB Version: 4.x.x Rating: (554 votes - 4.79 average) Installs: 4722
Released: 05 Aug 2010 Last Update: 28 May 2013 Downloads: 23726
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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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  • If you like this modification support the author by donating.
  • This modification may not be copied, reproduced or published elsewhere without author's permission.
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  #3376  
Old 04 Jun 2015, 13:47
rory2000 rory2000 is offline
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Real name: Rory
Hi, Thanks for this Mod.

Is it possible in a new version to have one button / option on the Administrative drop down list on the forum to do:

Added remove user, post, ban to user profile same as (options in admincp under "Quick User Links")

All in one go ?

This means moderators on our forum can do this task very easily ?

Also if possible when you are looking through your list of new users the options to select multiple new users and with one click do the same ?
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  #3377  
Old 11 Jun 2015, 11:23
MikeSheen MikeSheen is offline
 
Join Date: May 2012
I've installed this mod and it seems to work great. So much so I donated $10USD to the author - and soon after I learned my donation was only the second ever for this mod.

2 donations for all that effort? C'mon guys - if you're using this mod, It's probably because you got spam raped at some point and had to spend a LOT of time removing the spam - how much time has this mod saved you? Express that time in dollars and then donate to the author!
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Old 11 Jun 2015, 11:52
Black Snow Black Snow is offline
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Originally Posted by MikeSheen View Post
I've installed this mod and it seems to work great. So much so I donated $10USD to the author - and soon after I learned my donation was only the second ever for this mod.

2 donations for all that effort? C'mon guys - if you're using this mod, It's probably because you got spam raped at some point and had to spend a LOT of time removing the spam - how much time has this mod saved you? Express that time in dollars and then donate to the author!
WOW! 21k downloads, 4.5k installs, 3.3k replies and only 2 donations? That's some support from the author to do that with no return.
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  #3379  
Old 11 Jun 2015, 12:00
MikeSheen MikeSheen is offline
 
Join Date: May 2012
Originally Posted by Black Snow View Post
WOW! 21k downloads, 4.5k installs, 3.3k replies and only 2 donations? That's some support from the author to do that with no return.
I know, right? It would have taken a substantial amount of time to develop the mod, and for such a poor return it would dissuade them from investing in other mod development.
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  #3380  
Old 11 Jun 2015, 14:41
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ForceHSS ForceHSS is offline
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Where is the info on how many donations have been given I dont see that info on the op post
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  #3381  
Old 11 Jun 2015, 16:27
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Alibass Alibass is offline
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
I don't see anything either plus there are other ways of contributing to this mod like placing a link in the footer of your website to their hosting company. That's were they make their money, not off donations of this mod.
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Old 15 Jun 2015, 23:57
Westend Westend is offline
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Did not install. Installed different software
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Old 16 Jun 2015, 10:44
MikeSheen MikeSheen is offline
 
Join Date: May 2012
Originally Posted by Alibass View Post
I don't see anything either plus there are other ways of contributing to this mod like placing a link in the footer of your website to their hosting company. That's were they make their money, not off donations of this mod.
There is no indication on vbulletin.org of the donations - I was referring to personal correspondence the author sent me when I dontated - the author made the effort to personally thank me for my donation, and mentioned how many they had received relating to this mod.

This mod places one link on the target forum, and it's a link to this very thread - and that can be disabled. There is an option to enable a link to be visible for their own hosting company, but it is disabled by default (an honourable and appreciated default setting).

If you think for a second that most users would enable this setting to promote their hosting service, then you are sadly mistaken - did you? If 1000 people enabled this, then maybe that meant a few new customers their way - and they wouldn't be making that much money from each customer judging from their product offerings.

Originally Posted by Alibass View Post
That's were they make their money, not off donations of this mod.
And it's where, not were.

Support what you use and value. Donate.
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  #3384  
Old 16 Jun 2015, 11:11
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e24h e24h is offline
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
I never said it did but its the way the mod is set up. I have always said this mod needs an update
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  #3385  
Old 19 Jun 2015, 03:29
SkepticalGaming SkepticalGaming is offline
 
Join Date: May 2013
how can i reset stats on this?
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  #3386  
Old 02 Jul 2015, 19:36
Scott.Austin Scott.Austin is offline
 
Join Date: Jan 2015
Checking 'Bad Words' in Title

Recently added SOM and the 'bad word' list is working great; however, it only checks the bpdy of the message and does not check the title. Spammers will post the information they want in the title and then just garbage (e.g., fkjdasfjksadljfsa) in the body of the message.

Any thoughts on how to configure SOM to check the title; as well as, the body of the message?
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Old 07 Jul 2015, 18:12
angelsmith angelsmith is offline
 
Join Date: Jun 2014
Originally Posted by Scott.Austin View Post
Recently added SOM and the 'bad word' list is working great; however, it only checks the bpdy of the message and does not check the title. Spammers will post the information they want in the title and then just garbage (e.g., fkjdasfjksadljfsa) in the body of the message.

Any thoughts on how to configure SOM to check the title; as well as, the body of the message?
Second this. We're getting a ton of spam on a forum where the titles contain matching words in the 'bad word' list, but the body is just gibberish.
Is there a way to check the titles as well as the body?
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  #3388  
Old 15 Jul 2015, 08:15
slcousin slcousin is offline
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Hi Guys

Anyone come across this type of error? It occurs when I mark a post for moderation and then use the spam-o-matic option in the drop down menu to delete, block and submit to the SPAM database. After clicking, screen goes to white and the following error appears

Fatal error: Class 'vBSEO_Storage' not found in /homepages/0/XXX/XXX/XXX/SMF/includes/class_dm_user.php(2350) : eval()'d code on line 1

The process still works, i.e. deleted, blocked and submitted though.

Like some of you, I stopped using VBSEO when they stopped operating, but simply disabled the plugin, never removed it.

any ideas?

Thanks
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  #3389  
Old 15 Jul 2015, 16:05
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squidsk squidsk is offline
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Remove vbseo . . . .
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Old 20 Jul 2015, 20:10
Hex_legend Hex_legend is offline
 
Join Date: May 2007
Is there any way to remove Spam-O-Matic from the postbit?

I have hidden the IPs even from Mods on the forum, but this way if they choose a post, then choose "Spam-O-Matic" and "Proceed", they can see every user's IP and email, which is not something i would like to happen

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