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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: 4680
Released: 05 Aug 2010 Last Update: 28 May 2013 Downloads: 23386
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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 08 Feb 2011, 10:55
Froberg Froberg is offline
 
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I was wondering if anyone else has this issue; Mods, Supermods and other admins on my forum cannot use the auto remove posts, delete user and report function. Nothing happens when they click on the button.
Yet they can ban users just fine.

Is this something that works for those usegroups in the latest version? Going to hold off on the upgrade a bit, looks like there is still a kink or two.
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Old 08 Feb 2011, 12:10
mrbigandwonderf mrbigandwonderf is offline
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
I love this mod. I upgraded to 2.0 and still can not see my logs in admin cp . Any help is really appreciated

Last edited by mrbigandwonderf; 08 Feb 2011 at 13:29.
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  #573  
Old 08 Feb 2011, 13:40
dandanch dandanch is offline
 
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GlowHost,still waiting for your support

Warning: fetch_template() calls should be replaced by the vB_Template class. Template name: navbar in [path]/includes/functions.php on line 4055

Parse error: syntax error, unexpected T_ENCAPSED_AND_WHITESPACE, expecting T_STRING or T_VARIABLE or T_NUM_STRING in /home/****/domains/c*******.org/public_html/includes/functions_ghsom.php(571) : eval()'d code on line 14

Warning: fetch_template() calls should be replaced by the vB_Template class. Template name: glowhostspamomatic_bsc in [path]/includes/functions.php on line 4055
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Old 08 Feb 2011, 14:20
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Real name: Andreas
Getting the same as dandanch
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  #575  
Old 08 Feb 2011, 17:31
Adan0s Adan0s is offline
 
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Like mrbigandwonderf mentioned I also can't access the S-O-M logs since 2.0.1.
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Old 08 Feb 2011, 19:19
dprice dprice is offline
 
Join Date: Apr 2002
All appears to be working here; however, like others, I haven't received one tagged/spammed registration to show up in the Spam O Matic logs. I went from having 2-3 per hour (400 a week attempts), to zero showing up.

I did test by creating an account myself and posting some URLs along with some tagged bad words with the new version 2, and these actions did show up in the SOM logs, but that was it.

I was looking forward to seeing at least 100+ new spambot registrations in the logs this morning but as of yet, zero.
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Old 08 Feb 2011, 20:24
rolfw1 rolfw1 is offline
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Real name: Rolf
Have a small problem, didn't uninstall the older version, just used overwrite. So then uninstalled and reinstalled the new version, but the ban user section in the user profile is not there anymore. How can I get around this problem?

And now getting this error when I try and select Spamomatic under admin tools in a post:


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

Have removed the file mentioned a few posts earlier, but still showing the same error.

Last edited by rolfw1; 08 Feb 2011 at 20:43.
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Old 08 Feb 2011, 20:51
BadgerDog BadgerDog is offline
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Real name: Doug
Thanks for the update, however, is v2.01 ready for prime time?

It's not marked a beta, but there seems to be a lot of errors and issues being reported by folks who have upgraded from the previous version? For every one who takes the time to post, how many are just watching who have issues as well?

Thanks for any advice ..

Regards,
Doug

Last edited by BadgerDog; 08 Feb 2011 at 21:31.
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Old 08 Feb 2011, 21:01
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Originally Posted by dprice View Post
All appears to be working here; however, like others, I haven't received one tagged/spammed registration to show up in the Spam O Matic logs. I went from having 2-3 per hour (400 a week attempts), to zero showing up.

I did test by creating an account myself and posting some URLs along with some tagged bad words with the new version 2, and these actions did show up in the SOM logs, but that was it.

I was looking forward to seeing at least 100+ new spambot registrations in the logs this morning but as of yet, zero.
Same here zero log attempts by spammers. I've gone from 50-60 a day to nothing in the logs. As long as the mod is keeping them at bay I don't need a log. I'm just glad I don't have to remove them manually anymore.
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Old 08 Feb 2011, 22:04
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Installed new version (followed the readme precisely). Works exactly as advertised; an excellent hack has gotten even better. Thanks!
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Old 08 Feb 2011, 22:43
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This is a fantastic mod but could you add your ban options to the visitor messages & comments as well?
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Old 08 Feb 2011, 23:48
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Originally Posted by Cadellin View Post
This is a fantastic mod but could you add your ban options to the visitor messages & comments as well?
+1 for purging visitor message. Most of the spam I see these days making it through registration is in the user profile messages.
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Old 09 Feb 2011, 00:14
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Upgrading to 2.01 produced database errors when I attempted to change any usergroup settings. The errors went away after deleting /includes/xml/bitfield_glowhostspamomatic.xml which was left over from the previous version.

Everything else seems to work okay so far. If you're having problems it would be a good idea to go back and make sure that all files from the previous version have been removed prior to upgrading.

Last edited by cherylferraro; 09 Feb 2011 at 00:33.
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Old 09 Feb 2011, 00:14
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Thanks for the update!

Last edited by coffeelover; 09 Feb 2011 at 14:43.
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Old 09 Feb 2011, 00:28
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Originally Posted by CheeSie View Post
Getting the same as dandanch
Did you make sure that this was not the answer to the problem?
http://www.vbulletin.org/forum/showp...&postcount=565

Originally Posted by Adan0s View Post
Like mrbigandwonderf mentioned I also can't access the S-O-M logs since 2.0.1.
Maybe there is nothing to be logged yet. Did you try getting yourself to wind up in the logs?

Originally Posted by dprice View Post

I was looking forward to seeing at least 100+ new spambot registrations in the logs this morning but as of yet, zero.
The old system made excessive calls to the SFS database and was also logging some things several times. The new logs are less verbose and much more accurate.

Originally Posted by rolfw1 View Post
Have a small problem, didn't uninstall the older version, just used overwrite. So then uninstalled and reinstalled the new version, but the ban user section in the user profile is not there anymore. How can I get around this problem?
You need to completely uninstall the old mod as described in the first post in big red letters in the installation instructions area.

As for the user profile banning option, it was removed in version 2.0. Depending on popularity we may add it again at some point but there were lots of conflicts with it.
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