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NoSpam! - an alternative to CAPTCHA images
Mod Version: 3.0, by antialiasis (Member) antialiasis is offline
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This modification is in the archives.
vB Version: 3.6.x Rating: (181 votes - 4.92 average) Installs: 1566
Released: 24 Aug 2006 Last Update: 23 Jun 2008 Downloads: 12054
Not Supported Uses Plugins Auto-Template  

This hack is for vBulletin 3.6.x. For 3.5.x, please use the one provided in this thread. If you are using 3.7.x, you must use the one in this thread.

This simple hack is meant as a replacement for the default CAPTCHA system in vBulletin. There are two main reasons one might want to do this: firstly, new technology is constantly being developed to crack CAPTCHA images and make spam accounts anyway, and secondly, the more secure the CAPTCHA, the more difficult it is for genuine users to tell what the numbers in the image are. There is also the issue of visually impaired users, and the fact that not all servers are capable of generating CAPTCHA images.

So what does this hack do instead? It asks a question. Any question you want. That's the best part: YOU make up the questions, which means that every forum is unique, which means that it is impossible for spambots to be simply programmed to bypass it at all forums with the hack installed. You can make one or many questions - if you make many, the hack will pick one at random when a guest attempts to register, search, post or send mail through the Contact Us form. Their input is compared with your specified answer, and voilą, if they get it right they're pretty much guaranteed to be human. If they get it wrong, they're given an error message.

It doesn't have to be a complicated question. Heck, you can just make it "Please type 'blah' into this box." Or you can go with inserting a simple image with HTML and ask what is shown on the image. Or you can ask them to tell you two plus two. It's up to you. In fact, this can also be used as a means of forcing people to read the rules by asking for a certain password found there, or if your forum focuses on a specialized subject, ask a question concerning the subject that all your genuine users will be able to answer, but a random troll or "CAPTCHA-sweatshop-reader" will be scratching their head over.

It's simple to install, too: just one product to import, and that's it.


VERSION HISTORY:

3.0: Added functionality to allow users to specify which pages should use NoSpam!.
2.0: Extended the NoSpam! functionality to guest posts, guest searches and guest "Contact Us" in addition to registration.
1.1: Made template edit automatic (with thanks to Cole2026), added ability to have more than one answer to each question, and made answers case insensitive. To upgrade, I recommend undoing the template edit so you won't have to worry about it anymore (replace $nospamfield in the template register with $imagereg, or if you added $nospamfield above $imagereg, just remove $nospamfield altogether), and then reimport the product through the Admin CP (making sure that Allow Overwrite is set to On).
1.0: Initial release.


INSTALLATION:

Please download NoSpam!.zip, not product-nospam.xml, for the tested version. product.nospam.xml is NoSpam! 4.0 adapted blindly to 3.6, i.e. by editing the XML file for the 3.7 version without actually testing it on a 3.6 board. Theoretically it should work, but I cannot guarantee it at this time. If you download NoSpam!.zip and unzip it, it will contain another file called product.nospam.xml, which you should use.

1. Import product-nospam.xml through the Admin CP product manager.
2. Go to your vBulletin options in the Admin CP and select NoSpam! Settings. Once there, turn the system on and input your questions and answers according to the instructions there.

The system should now be functional and running.


UNINSTALLATION:

Just uninstall the product through the Admin CP.


SUPPORT:

Full support will be given here in this thread. All suggestions are welcome.

Thank you and please click "Mark as Installed" if you like it.


If NoSpam! is not working for you or you are looking for something a little different, you might want to check out Advanced Textual Confirmation.

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  #241  
Old 16 Jan 2007, 20:25
phill2003 phill2003 is offline
 
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Originally Posted by antialiasis View Post
There is a solution for this in the 3.5 thread, which at a glance I can't see why wouldn't work just fine for 3.6 too (assuming the quickregister template is about the same). Ask if there's a problem, though.

The box for the answer shows up but the question doesnt lol its a tad hard to get it right then
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Old 17 Jan 2007, 19:49
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Hmm.

This is rather funny because as far as I can see, the variable is set...

Does the Quick Register form show on the normal registration page? If so, does the NoSpam! question appear in it there? If not, does it appear on the search page for guests or the guest post page?
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Old 17 Jan 2007, 20:49
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Originally Posted by antialiasis View Post
Hmm.

This is rather funny because as far as I can see, the variable is set...

Does the Quick Register form show on the normal registration page? If so, does the NoSpam! question appear in it there? If not, does it appear on the search page for guests or the guest post page?

The question appears as it should on the registration page but nowhere else
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Old 17 Jan 2007, 21:06
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I have been having a huge problem with spam lately and came across this hack.

Nevertheless, spam no more!

Amazing hack, worked like a charm. Well done!
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  #245  
Old 17 Jan 2007, 23:31
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Originally Posted by phill2003 View Post
The question appears as it should on the registration page but nowhere else
Hmm...

Okay, can you give me the full text of that plugin? "Generate NoSpam! question" on the hook global_start?
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Old 19 Jan 2007, 13:55
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Originally Posted by antialiasis View Post
So the NoSpam! question is not actually appearing on the search page?

This is the one most vulnerable to template edits, so something going wrong with it is not too unlikely. If it's not appearing, you might want to make the automatic template edit manually:

FIND


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

REPLACE it with


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

Then FIND


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

REPLACE it with


Block Disabled:      (Update License Status)  
Suspended or Unlicensed Members Cannot View Code.
I can't find the template for these changes.
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  #247  
Old 19 Jan 2007, 14:50
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Have had this installed for almost a week now, and it seems to have completely eliminated my bot spam. (Which was about 5-8 registrations and posts per day)

Great Job!
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Old 19 Jan 2007, 15:29
phill2003 phill2003 is offline
 
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Originally Posted by antialiasis View Post
Hmm...

Okay, can you give me the full text of that plugin? "Generate NoSpam! question" on the hook global_start?
here it is.


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

as you can see i have done the edit you stated was needed to get the nospam into the quick register template but from what i can see it is as it should be otherwise.
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Old 19 Jan 2007, 18:24
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I would recommend creating separate options fields for questions and answers. Each field could still separate questions and answers by line breaks, but now you could allow colons to be used in at least the questions. To allow them in answers, I would recommend using a string to separate answers instead of just a colon - maybe :|: since it is even more unlikely someone would want that in their answers.
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Old 19 Jan 2007, 18:39
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thanks my friend.
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Old 19 Jan 2007, 18:54
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I'm really not sure what could be causing this if the NoSpam! system is definitely turned on...

As for using separate fields for questions and answers, it is a little more difficult because if you have a lot of questions you'll just have to count the lines to see which answer goes with which question. Colons can already be inserted, anyway, using the ASCII code (& #58; without the space).
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Personal Notepad - allow your members to store private notes in their User CP

Last edited by antialiasis; 19 Jan 2007 at 18:58.
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  #252  
Old 20 Jan 2007, 01:44
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NoSpam was working great for about a month. I used very basic math questions like "1 + 2" and "1 + 1". Suddenly, however, I'm getting tons of spam just like I used to. Was there some spambot software that was upgraded to circumvent NoSpam?
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Old 20 Jan 2007, 01:50
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I love this...can you imagine the possibilities....

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Old 20 Jan 2007, 02:21
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Originally Posted by voteforbird View Post
NoSpam was working great for about a month. I used very basic math questions like "1 + 2" and "1 + 1". Suddenly, however, I'm getting tons of spam just like I used to. Was there some spambot software that was upgraded to circumvent NoSpam?
No spambot can circumvent the hack altogether. However, asking basic math questions is a very bad way to do this; I highly recommend making up questions that a computer would actually have trouble answering, since if you use simple math questions, all that needs to be done to a spambot to make it get around this is to instruct it to read the math problem found in that particular spot on the page, solve it and insert the solution into that particular field. The only protection you have with math questions is that the bot won't know it's supposed to solve the equation and insert it into the field, and it was only a matter of time before they caught on to it.

They don't need to be anything strenuous for the user to answer; it's just that math questions are by definition a piece of cake for an unintelligent computer program to answer. Just have them answer a simple verbal question, and your problems are solved.
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3.6:
NoSpam! - get rid of those spambots for good!
Import News from a Forum - have unread announcements appear at the top of every page of your forum to get members to read them!
3.5:
NoSpam! - the 3.5 version
Personal Notepad - allow your members to store private notes in their User CP

Last edited by antialiasis; 21 Jan 2007 at 00:36.
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Old 22 Jan 2007, 17:20
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Would it be possible to make the Search page requirement optional so we could include it only on the registration page?

There is also an invalid url for the product version check.
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