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Akismet - spam detection
Mod Version: 1.3.2, by El_Muerte (Contributor) El_Muerte is offline
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vB Version: 3.6.x Rating: (5 votes - 4.80 average) Installs: 42
Released: 16 Aug 2007 Last Update: 30 Aug 2007 Downloads: 335
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Akismet is an spam detection engine that is mostly used by blogs to check the comments for spam. But it can also be used for forum posts. It is not a definite protection against spam.

This plugin for vBulletin 3.6 will check every thread and reply if it is considered as spam. If it is spam it will put the offending thread or reply in the moderator queue.

In order to use Akismet you need to get a API key. You can get one by signing up on WordPress. The Akismet service is free for personal use. Check the Akismet website for more information.

This vBulletin plugin is available under the terms of the GNU Lesser Public License.

Installation instructions are available in the ZIP archive.

  • Scan for spam in new threads and post
  • Scan content edits
  • Automatically put identified spam in the moderation queue
  • Report posts as spam or ham (individual post or through inline moderation)
  • Limit spam detection to post count and user groups
  • Extendable through hooks

  • Added an akismet activity log in the admincp

  • Fixed an invalid URL issue when using cURL

  • Option to send parsed post data
  • Option to send additional webserver request data for the initial spam check
  • Removed product version query
  • Added extra information when reporting a post
  • Only check API key when entered in the vBulletin options, not for every Akismet request

  • Various bug fixes: report post submitted wrong data; few missing phrases
  • More code documentation
  • This plugin now exposes some hooks that others can use to extend the feature set. Like give users infractions when posts are considered spam.

  • Added options to exclude posts from checking based on user's postcount and usergroups
  • Added mass reporting of ham/spam through the inline moderation system.
  • Improvements of the internal code

  • Check spam status on edits
  • Add report as ham/spam functionality (requires template edit)

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Old 18 Sep 2007, 23:38
BobbyBig BobbyBig is offline
Join Date: Mar 2006
How about a Mod which exactly does the same but with Rules we can set ?
I am badly searching for that.

akisment doesnt seem to be effective enough for vbulletin.
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Old 30 Nov 2007, 04:21
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Hemanth Hemanth is offline
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How can I uninstall it from vB 3.6.5. It's not getting uninstalled and once enabled breaking the entire postings.. like duplicate posts, parse errors and even db errors.

Damn it.
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Old 20 Jan 2008, 07:17
skippybosco skippybosco is offline
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Thank You. Working great on vB 3.6.8.

It seems that only the blog, user_ip and user_agent are required arguments for the API (note: not the actual message)

With that in mind, would it make sense to also use this to optionally check during the registration process as well?

I consistently see that the IP and/or email and name associated with flagged messages are associated with known spamming activities so there should be a fairly accurate hit ratio.

This would also save us the trouble of cleaning up the moderated posts and banning the users after the fact by either preventing them from signing up altogether or putting them in a n even more restrictive group.
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Old 20 Jan 2008, 07:18
skippybosco skippybosco is offline
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A secondary suggestion would be utilizing this for checking Private Messages sent between users to prevent mis-use of bogus or compromised accounts.
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Old 30 Jan 2008, 07:56
skippybosco skippybosco is offline
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For those looking for the registration checking functionality, I am investigating the use of the Check Proxy RBL on New User Registration mod as a temporary solution to limit the registration of SPAM users before they post/PM.

Still interested in seeing this functionality rolled into the Akismet as well as checking of PMs :-)
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Old 09 May 2008, 06:56
skippybosco skippybosco is offline
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Check Proxy was a no go on cutting down spam registrations..

Any suggestions from the community? Note that no actual posts are making their way to the board thanks to this great plugin, but I'd like to cut out the registration all together if possible and no combination of human detections have seemed to deter them.
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Old 04 Jun 2008, 19:39
dutchbb dutchbb is offline
Join Date: Dec 2003
Product import takes forever in 3.7 so probably not working. Please update this for 3.7, thank you.
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Old 18 Sep 2008, 10:02
epolitica epolitica is offline
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* Please update this for 3.7, thank you.
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Old 22 Mar 2009, 01:48
Damien001 Damien001 is offline
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will this work on vb 3.8?

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Old 15 Apr 2010, 16:23
BadgerDog BadgerDog is offline
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Real name: Doug

Anyone tried this with vb4 after updating?

It really worked well for us under v3.68 and would like to keep using it...

Thanks ..

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Old 15 Apr 2010, 16:35
skippybosco skippybosco is offline
Join Date: Sep 2007
Yes. Works well in VB4
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Old 15 Apr 2010, 16:43
BadgerDog BadgerDog is offline
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Real name: Doug
Thank you very much !!!

Can't tell you how effective this has been ...

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Old 16 Apr 2010, 21:37
BadgerDog BadgerDog is offline
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Real name: Doug

Originally Posted by skippybosco View Post
Yes. Works well in VB4
Just noticed ...

Akismet option is built into vb4 4.03 ...

Did you use this add-on version, or the one built-in?

This add-on seems to have more options, including user group selections etc...

Thanks ..

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Old 22 Feb 2011, 15:18
gr8dude gr8dude is offline
Join Date: Sep 2005
Is there a way to configure the plugin such that it automatically removes a message if it is flagged as spam?

My moderation queue is overloaded, it becomes impractical to monitor it...
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