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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: (543 votes - 4.80 average) Installs: 4649
Released: 05 Aug 2010 Last Update: 28 May 2013 Downloads: 23165
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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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  #781  
Old 30 Mar 2011, 14:23
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Originally Posted by It's Damn Real! View Post
Any way to hide the "Spam-O-Matic Statistics" from regular users? Ideally I'd like to have that information only viewable by Admins and Moderators.
In Plug-in Manager find the plugin Stats render - forumhome_complete change it so it looks like


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

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Old 30 Mar 2011, 15:11
Coume Coume is offline
 
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First of all, I have to say that I am very impressed. In less than 15h, it already stopped 53 spammers to register.....

I do have some suggestions if I may.
1- Add a link visible for given groups to access easily the log
For instance, Admin/Moderators could click on the "Spam-O-Matic Statistics" title to access quickly the log to see if it is working properly or not (who has been banned/etc).

2- Allow to report thread to spam-O-matic.
Currently, the Spam-O-Matic option in moderation tools is only available in showthread moderation tools, whereas you have sometimes many threads that got automoderated that you could report very quickly as spam, if the Spam-O-Matic option was available from the forum view.

3- Moved deleted spam threads/posts to a SPAM forum
For instance, I only allow "soft delete" of spam messages to make sure that my moderators do not tagged as SPAM incorrect posts but that can result in several posts in a same thread or threads in forum that are deleted making the forum/thread difficult to read for admin/mod so by moving them to a dedicated spam forum, you can still go through them without cluttering the forum.

4-Manually report a user to spam-o-matic.
For instance, I have some users that only sent spams through PMs. I would like to report them to the spam databases but I cannot find a way to do that.

Thanks
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  #783  
Old 30 Mar 2011, 15:20
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My logs are showing that users cannot be checked because there is a problem connecting to stopforumspam server. Anyone know what is causing this?
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Old 31 Mar 2011, 02:51
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I don't know if this has been requested yet, but would there be a way to add an option for where to locate the stats on the forumhome? Right now it is set to:


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


but I changed it for my site to the following:


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

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Old 31 Mar 2011, 05:58
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Originally Posted by Boofo View Post
I don't know if this has been requested yet, but would there be a way to add an option for where to locate the stats on the forumhome? Right now it is set to:


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


but I changed it for my site to the following:


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

thank you sir
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Old 31 Mar 2011, 18:13
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Originally Posted by It's Damn Real! View Post
Any way to hide the "Spam-O-Matic Statistics" from regular users? Ideally I'd like to have that information only viewable by Admins and Moderators.
yes in the stats render plugin at the top write this (first line of code)

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

at the bottom (last line)


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

that should do it
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Old 31 Mar 2011, 18:16
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Originally Posted by cyclical View Post
My logs are showing that users cannot be checked because there is a problem connecting to stopforumspam server. Anyone know what is causing this?

this could be because you have leaseweb ip ranges blocked you need to unblock those and then it will work
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Old 31 Mar 2011, 19:31
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Originally Posted by Delphiprogrammi View Post
this could be because you have leaseweb ip ranges blocked you need to unblock those and then it will work
Don't have any IP ranges blocked at the server level. It had been working fine for months, and about 2-3 weeks ago it started just failing.

The error messages I get are
Spam-O-Matic Tagged username - Paibiddibboda Unable to connect to StopForumSpam.com. This is probably due to some temporary problems on their website: Unable to check. User passed to vBulletin registration system per your settings at 'StopForumSpam: Query

Spam-O-Matic Tagged email - weassadogrela@myfavmailbox.info Unable to connect to StopForumSpam.com. This is probably due to some temporary problems on their website: Unable to check. User passed to vBulletin registration system per your settings at 'StopF

Spam-O-Matic Tagged ip - 46.17.96.20 Unable to connect to StopForumSpam.com. This is probably due to some temporary problems on their website: Unable to check. User passed to vBulletin registration system per your settings at 'StopForumSpam: Query Connect

Obviously the server is working, but for some reason it can't be accessed.
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Old 31 Mar 2011, 20:18
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Sounds like they have firewalled you or you have firewalled them. You can ask your host to check for you or ask on stopforumspam forums to see if you are blocked.
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Old 01 Apr 2011, 07:48
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GlowHost, thanks for your efforts on making such an antispam tool. I get this message when I try to post after installing the spam-o-matic:
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Warning: require_once(includes/functions_ghsom.php) [function.require-once]: failed to open stream: No such file or directory in [path]/includes/functions_newpost.php(443) : eval()'d code on line 5

Fatal error: require_once() [function.require]: Failed opening required 'includes/functions_ghsom.php' (include_path='.:/usr/lib/php:/usr/local/lib/php') in /home/santifan/public_html/forums/includes/functions_newpost.php(443) : eval()'d code on line 5
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Any idea of what I'm doing wrong?

Thanks
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Old 01 Apr 2011, 07:51
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Using 4.1.2 experiencing a problem where users promoted out of the Newbie group are having all posts go to moderation status. Even posts with no url's and no "Auto-Moderation: Bad Words" contained in the post.

The moderated threads are not being listed in the SOM log with any reason behind why they are being placed in moderation status. This is happening across multiple forums, and only affects users that were auto promoted by the SOM Newbie --> trusted user promotion system.

Once disabled, the problem seems to have gone away. However the affected users had to be merged into a new user id# because even after the SOM auto promote, and moderation was disabled...their posts alone were still going to moderation status.

I even tried manually placing these users into usergroups that are not subject to the spam filters...still no luck.

I will note...that I am still using the SOM system to deny registrations and moderate url posts. That aspect of the system works fantastic! Just seems to be a bug with the auto-promote / newbie system in SOM.

Last edited by MISTER2; 01 Apr 2011 at 18:04.
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Old 01 Apr 2011, 14:26
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Originally Posted by kaposer View Post
GlowHost, thanks for your efforts on making such an antispam tool. I get this message when I try to post after installing the spam-o-matic:
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Warning: require_once(includes/functions_ghsom.php) [function.require-once]: failed to open stream: No such file or directory in [path]/includes/functions_newpost.php(443) : eval()'d code on line 5

Fatal error: require_once() [function.require]: Failed opening required 'includes/functions_ghsom.php' (include_path='.:/usr/lib/php:/usr/local/lib/php') in /home/santifan/public_html/forums/includes/functions_newpost.php(443) : eval()'d code on line 5
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Any idea of what I'm doing wrong?

Thanks
Did you upload functions_ghsom.php into your includes folder?

Originally Posted by MISTER2 View Post
Using 4.1.2 experiencing a problem where users promoted out of the Newbie group are having all posts go to moderation status. Even posts with no url's and no "Auto-Moderation: Bad Words" contained in the post.

The moderated threads are not being listed in the SOM log with any reason behind why they are being placed in moderation status. This is happening across multiple forums, and only affects users that were auto promoted by the SOM Newbie --> trusted user promotion system.

Once disabled, the problem seems to have gone away. However the affected users had to be merged into a new user id# because even after the SOM auto promote, and moderation was disabled...their posts alone were still going to moderation status.

I even tried manually placing these users into usergroups that are not subject to the spam filters...still no luck.
Thanks for the report. That is the first I have heard of this problem. Does anyone else have the same issue?
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Old 01 Apr 2011, 20:13
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Originally Posted by GlowHost.com View Post
Did you upload functions_ghsom.php into your includes folder?



Thanks for the report. That is the first I have heard of this problem. Does anyone else have the same issue?
Would you kindly take a look at my post: http://www.vbulletin.org/forum/showp...&postcount=780

I'm open for all types of suggestions.
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Old 01 Apr 2011, 22:02
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Originally Posted by morrow View Post
Would you kindly take a look at my post: http://www.vbulletin.org/forum/showp...&postcount=780

I'm open for all types of suggestions.
I am not sure what those errors mean. You might try disabling your other mods and then try again only with SOM enabled. Then re-enable them one at a time to see which one conflicts with SOM.
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Old 02 Apr 2011, 04:12
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Does this work on VB 3.86?
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