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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: 23168
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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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  #91  
Old 13 Aug 2010, 13:28
Phalynx Phalynx is offline
 
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Real name: Marius
Another thing:
In my Log Viewer there are entries with "No Username Submitted". They just have the eMail Address. How can that be?
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Old 13 Aug 2010, 13:37
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Originally Posted by Phalynx View Post
Another thing:
In my Log Viewer there are entries with "No Username Submitted". They just have the eMail Address. How can that be?
The logs are overly verbose in this version and so is the checking. We will probably disable that as in many cases it is just information for your viewing pleasure.

The reason you see no username or no email is because some bots do not provide those details, then Spam-O-Matic sends them to the vBulletin registration system (or bans them as the case may be) When they get to the vBulletin registration system they are eventually blocked for not having the required fields.
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Old 13 Aug 2010, 13:39
Phalynx Phalynx is offline
 
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Ok, in this case they were blocked due to eMail Address. Thanks for the info.
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Old 13 Aug 2010, 13:57
Jaxel Jaxel is offline
 
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bug...


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

Only happens when a user clicks "Go Advanced" on the quick reply form. Does not happen when double clicking "Reply to Thread".
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  #95  
Old 13 Aug 2010, 15:03
Gold Phan7om Gold Phan7om is offline
 
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Originally Posted by GlowHost.com View Post
If you are getting this error:

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

it would be nice to know version number of your vB.
Im running 4.0.6PL1
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  #96  
Old 13 Aug 2010, 18:19
solboy solboy is offline
 
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I get this error when I try to delete a post as spam and ban the bot:


Fatal error: Using $this when not in object context in /home/website/public_html/includes/functions_vbghsfs.php on line 459

Even after I disabled and then uninstalled the plugin this error still exists.
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Old 14 Aug 2010, 05:58
solboy solboy is offline
 
Join Date: Jun 2002
Im getting this error also when making new posts.


Parse error: syntax error, unexpected T_BOOLEAN_OR
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Old 14 Aug 2010, 11:54
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I can't dupe it. I need versions.

When you submit a bug report please give me a vB version number and precise and exact steps to reproduce the problem. Thanks. Also, include your browser version and name (IE, FF, Opera, etc).

Here, I will give a checklist:

1: vBulletin Version:
2: Browser:
3: Detailed description of the problem.

Gold Phan7om wins the prize so far for the most detailed report.
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Old 14 Aug 2010, 12:17
Gold Phan7om Gold Phan7om is offline
 
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Originally Posted by GlowHost.com View Post
I can't dupe it. I need versions.

When you submit a bug report please give me a vB version number and precise and exact steps to reproduce the problem. Thanks. Also, include your browser version and name (IE, FF, Opera, etc).

Here, I will give a checklist:

1: vBulletin Version:
2: Browser:
3: Detailed description of the problem.

Gold Phan7om wins the prize so far for the most detailed report.
I asked vbulletin support about it and they said its most likely the 'newpost_process' hook.

May be a start?
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Old 14 Aug 2010, 15:40
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Originally Posted by GlowHost.com View Post
I can't dupe it. I need versions.

When you submit a bug report please give me a vB version number and precise and exact steps to reproduce the problem. Thanks. Also, include your browser version and name (IE, FF, Opera, etc).

Here, I will give a checklist:

1: vBulletin Version:
2: Browser:
3: Detailed description of the problem.

Gold Phan7om wins the prize so far for the most detailed report.
If you create a mod for vb 4.0 and users post an error in the same thread then it should be obvious which version they are using. The mod should work in all 4.0+ forums. No worries though. I found a way to remove the mod completly. You should test this thing out some more before offering it.
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Old 14 Aug 2010, 18:52
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PHP Parse error: parse error in \includes\functions_newpost.php (433) : eval()'d code on line 11

This happens by creating a new post within vBulletin 4.0.6 Suite.

I disable the hook newpost_process of you hack for now as it did double posts and print this message.
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Old 14 Aug 2010, 19:18
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Thanks very much for this mod ...
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Old 14 Aug 2010, 19:25
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Originally Posted by solboy View Post
If you create a mod for vb 4.0 and users post an error in the same thread then it should be obvious which version they are using. The mod should work in all 4.0+ forums. No worries though. I found a way to remove the mod completly. You should test this thing out some more before offering it.
Well barring my previous comments... your statement is only half true... basically one of us can create a mod but if something default in vBulletin changes from one version to the next then the mod must be recoded. Otherwise since your half way there we could simply say well heck if that was the case nearly all 3.x mods should work on 4.x, it's only a one number difference! J/K of course as we all know syntax changes in the least took place lol so just bare in mind those things are needed when de-bugging. I do think though if your having to upgrade a mod for let's say 4.0.6 then you should leave the old .zip and specify which version of the mod works on which version of vBulletin unless the update remedies the errors in all current versions.

Originally Posted by Phalynx View Post
PHP Parse error: parse error in \includes\functions_newpost.php (433) : eval()'d code on line 11

This happens by creating a new post within vBulletin 4.0.6 Suite.

I disable the hook newpost_process of you hack for now as it did double posts and print this message.
See solboy, as Phalanx posted it's only 4.0.6 Suite for him, this might not be an issue on 4.0.5.
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Old 15 Aug 2010, 00:17
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I am using 4.0.6 suite and experience this when replying to a thread:
I use Firefox 3.6.8


Parse error: syntax error, unexpected T_BOOLEAN_OR in /serverpath/includes/functions_newpost.php(433) : eval()'d code on line 31

Then creating a new thread I get:

Parse error: syntax error, unexpected T_BOOLEAN_OR in /serverpath/includes/functions_newpost.php(433) : eval()'d code on line 31

Parse error: syntax error, unexpected T_BOOLEAN_OR in /serverpath/includes/class_dm_threadpost.php(1766) : eval()'d code on line 4

Unable to add cookies, header already sent.
File: /serverpath/functions_newpost.php(433) : eval()'d code
Line: 31

Disabling until resolved.
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Old 15 Aug 2010, 02:31
Snookieboy Snookieboy is offline
 
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Originally Posted by GlowHost.com View Post
Thanks.

Yes that is possible, do you have an example of the old mod so I can see how it was handled?
Yeah sure, the old mod we use to use on VB3.8 was:
http://www.vbulletin.org/forum/showthread.php?t=184757

Dude, thank you so much for considering this, if we can just get it to deny posts with an error message instead of sending to moderation, it would save having to go through a daily moderation queue of over 100 posts!
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