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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: (547 votes - 4.79 average) Installs: 4688
Released: 05 Aug 2010 Last Update: 28 May 2013 Downloads: 23451
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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 Alex@bulletin (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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Old 10 Feb 2011, 15:20
dprice dprice is offline
 
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Originally Posted by matrixmark View Post
No stats are being shown on board index

Was a clean install of 2.0.2, checked in the settings and the stats showing are enabled.

Any ideas?

Many thanks

Mark
Mark,

Are you able to see (in ADMINCP) under Stats and Logs anything being logged by SOM? I am having the same issues as you.
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  #632  
Old 10 Feb 2011, 15:22
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Originally Posted by Cadellin View Post
What about adding a GlowHost ban option to the admincp user profile? I couldn't find a way of banning someone using the mod yesterday as they hadn't posted in the forums only on user profiles.
That's the thing - I find most spammers don't bother posting these days. It's all about stuffing links into profiles, signatures, PMs or vistor comments. So how to get them banned & logged on StopForumSpam?
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Old 10 Feb 2011, 15:56
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Originally Posted by Gemma View Post
The only stat showing on my board is a spammy post moderation stat for The Daily Game hack, no stats about denied registrations etc - I had over 10,000 denied registrations using version 1.2.8 (which was maybe a bit extreme)

But having said that no spammers have been able to register so I guess they are being denied but not recorded in logs. So the stats not showing is a minor issue.
Same here. The log function seems to have been disabled in the update.
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Old 10 Feb 2011, 16:30
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Glowhost:
I cleared my logs out before upgrading to 2.0.1 (about to go to 2.0.2), now I do have an entry for a user thats post was moderated based on post count, but theres 0 entries for users who are being blocked. Def not a verbose/duplicate issue as previously stated, they just aren't being logged at all now.
In SOM V1 what happened is every registration attempt was logged. But a lot of bots did not even eligible pass the vB registration system. Those were wasted queries to the SFS database.

In SOM V2 if and only if a bot gets past the vBulletin registration system and any other human verification you have, then it is checked at SFS and then it is logged if it is found.
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Old 10 Feb 2011, 16:37
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Originally Posted by Gemma View Post
The only stat showing on my board is a spammy post moderation stat for The Daily Game hack, no stats about denied registrations etc - I had over 10,000 denied registrations using version 1.2.8 (which was maybe a bit extreme)

But having said that no spammers have been able to register so I guess they are being denied but not recorded in logs. So the stats not showing is a minor issue.
Originally Posted by zackw View Post
I have version 1.2.7 and just wondering in the log file sometimes I'll get a page like this:

2011-02-10 07:05:35 95.27.51.197 caroligghf deepakcoplzut@gmail.com Passed StopForumSpam checks. Sent to vBulletin Registration System.
2011-02-10 07:01:53 95.27.51.197 caroligghf deepakcoplzut@gmail.com Passed StopForumSpam checks. Sent to vBulletin Registration System.
2011-02-10 07:01:47 95.27.51.197 caroligghf deepakcoplzut@gmail.com Passed StopForumSpam checks. Sent to vBulletin Registration System.
2011-02-10 07:01:30 95.27.51.197 caroligghf deepakcoplzut@gmail.com Passed StopForumSpam checks. Sent to vBulletin Registration System.
2011-02-10 07:01:24 95.27.51.197 caroligghf deepakcoplzut@gmail.com Passed StopForumSpam checks. Sent to vBulletin Registration System.

I'm wondering under what conditions they would be checked so much? I did a search for IP, username, and Email and this user never did get created so what do I make of this? Is it a person hitting refresh a lot? Failing Captcha? I don't know as these entries are just seconds apart.
This is what I am talking about in my post above. SOM works in an opposite fashion now. First, vB registration is allowed, since most bots dont ever get past this part, there is no need to check them at SFS. If they do get past registration, then we check them at SFS, so your numbers are going to be much lower especially if you are running human verification.

Turn off human verification if you want to see the numbers go higher, faster.


Originally Posted by dprice View Post
Mark,

Are you able to see (in ADMINCP) under Stats and Logs anything being logged by SOM? I am having the same issues as you.
Originally Posted by Boofo View Post
Same here. The log function seems to have been disabled in the update.
They don't show up if there is nothing to log.
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Old 10 Feb 2011, 16:42
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Originally Posted by pete_brady View Post
That's the thing - I find most spammers don't bother posting these days. It's all about stuffing links into profiles, signatures, PMs or vistor comments. So how to get them banned & logged on StopForumSpam?
Originally Posted by Cadellin View Post
What about adding a GlowHost ban option to the admincp user profile? I couldn't find a way of banning someone using the mod yesterday as they hadn't posted in the forums only on user profiles.
That's a good idea and I will add it to an upcoming version as its been requested a bit and I also see a need for it in case people use the publishing suite stuff.

Originally Posted by Cadellin View Post
Is there any chance of the option to exclude some forums from auto-moderation?
Not at this time. I will see about adding it if it is a popular request.
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  #637  
Old 10 Feb 2011, 17:03
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Originally Posted by GlowHost.com View Post
In SOM V1 what happened is every registration attempt was logged. But a lot of bots did not even eligible pass the vB registration system. Those were wasted queries to the SFS database.

In SOM V2 if and only if a bot gets past the vBulletin registration system and any other human verification you have, then it is checked at SFS and then it is logged if it is found.
Ok, this makes sense now. You might want to include that explanation in the first post to avoid all of the inquiries about the logging issue.

Another suggestion would be to also have a global enable/disable of the forumhome stats so you don't have to individually disable each one to turn off the stats.
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Old 10 Feb 2011, 19:58
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i cant see it any longer in the user editor in my admincp (normaly it was on the left bottom.
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Old 11 Feb 2011, 10:16
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Originally Posted by dprice View Post
Mark,

Are you able to see (in ADMINCP) under Stats and Logs anything being logged by SOM? I am having the same issues as you.
Hey dprice,

I just checked there and sadly nope no logs there either

I'm guessing :P that something isnt working right
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  #640  
Old 11 Feb 2011, 10:19
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Good mod, i was using the stop forum spam mod before but i've been getting complaints for months from people saying they had been rejected as spammers and after trying to register my self it also rejected me as a spammer, so i tried this & it seems to be working just fine and let me register when i tested.

Not sure why people are having problems with the logs they are working just fine for me on vb4.1.1

Last edited by KissOfDeath; 11 Feb 2011 at 11:44.
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Old 11 Feb 2011, 10:26
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Originally Posted by KissOfDeath View Post
Not sure why people are having problems with the logs they are working just fine for me on vb4.1.1
I wish I knew but yeah its not working, using default theme also.
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  #642  
Old 11 Feb 2011, 11:04
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Originally Posted by matrixmark View Post
I wish I knew but yeah its not working, using default theme also.
see a few posts above, where Glowhost explains the "lack" of logs.

basically its spammers hit the vB registration first and usually fail there, so no longer making unnecessary queries to the list sites. Therefore no logs. Spammers have to get by the registration system first, then they're queried.
At least thats how I understood the description.
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Old 11 Feb 2011, 11:48
KissOfDeath KissOfDeath is offline
 
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Originally Posted by TeknoSounds View Post
see a few posts above, where Glowhost explains the "lack" of logs.

basically its spammers hit the vB registration first and usually fail there, so no longer making unnecessary queries to the list sites. Therefore no logs. Spammers have to get by the registration system first, then they're queried.
At least thats how I understood the description.
not sure about that, this is what it's showing for me, and i'm using "GlowHost_-_Spam-O-Matic_v2.0.2_VB4.zip"
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Old 11 Feb 2011, 12:29
dprice dprice is offline
 
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Originally Posted by matrixmark View Post
Hey dprice,

I just checked there and sadly nope no logs there either

I'm guessing :P that something isnt working right

Mark,

Turn off Human Verification, and the logging will actually come.

Glowhost explained whats going on in the new vers 2.0.2 in a few posts above this one. Recommend they update the file description and the readme since everyone using ver 1 was used to reading an azzton of logs.

This script works exactly as advertised.


Thank you glowhost for sharing this mod and providing updates/feedback to the community.


I did have one issue where someone, that I know, tried to register for the forums and their IP was tagged and rejected?

Spam-O-Matic Tagged ip - 192.251.125.85 - Spammer Found and rejected.

What database houses this ip? Is it SFS?

Last edited by dprice; 11 Feb 2011 at 12:34.
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  #645  
Old 11 Feb 2011, 15:00
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Hi everyone,

I've just installed this awesome looking mod but have run into an immediate problem. For some reason it breaks my thread reply counts and stops new threads showing up in the new posts feature. I didn't see any mention of this anywhere else, can anyone provide any insight into this?

Thanks!
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