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Mod Version: 0.61, by pedigree (Coder) pedigree is offline
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vB Version: 3.8.0 Rating: (37 votes - 4.81 average) Installs: 444
Released: 05 Sep 2009 Last Update: 27 Dec 2009 Downloads: 2056
Not Supported DB Changes Uses Plugins Auto-Template Additional Files Re-usable Code External Content Is in Beta Stage  

At the point of user registration, the mod checks if the IP number / provided username / email addresses appear on a block list and can block the registration. This queries the StopForumSpam database (where I am a coder and administrator) to see if a new users IP address/email address/IP number are listed as known spammer sources.

Whilst this isnt the most perfect way to stop all forum spam, its another step that spammers have to overcome.

What it does

It checks with a remote database of known forum spammers. Their IP number, email address and forum username are tested and based on your configuration, you can reject / log / accept user registrations based on what you get back.

This version doesnt have
- whitelisting or the ability to submit users to the database but it will within the next week.
- automatic user deletion / post / PM purging. There are good tools out there already, this does something else.

Currently, I would say this is an beta codebase. Please treat it as such.

Instructions are included in the installation.txt file - PLEASE read it first and dont forget to actually upload the files in the upload folder, otherwise it WILL kill your registration progress and you wont see the log file options in admincp.

This is the exact same version that is on the 3.6 forums because it works with 3.54 to 3.84 (at time of wriing, the latest version)

Changes to vB
- 3 new database tables
- 2 database table alternations
- No new templates.
- 2 Hook (register_addmember_process & register_addmember_complete)

Known to work - tested by me
- vBulletin 3.6.8 on Apache 2.2 / PHP 5.1.2 on Linux using cUrl
- vBulletin 3.7 Gold on Apache 2.0 / PHP 4.4.3 on Windows without cUrl (template changes wont work on 3.7 - thats in the next version with auto template changes)

For code to submit spammers to the database, check this post for code changes
http://www.vbulletin.org/forum/showp...&postcount=288

Reported in the thread to work
- 3.5.4 3.6.1, 3.6.2, 3.6.9, 3.6.10, 3.7.0, 3.7.1, 3.7.2, 3.7.3, 3.74, 3.80, 3.81, 3.82, 3.83, 3.8.4

Installers should remember to refresh their ACP navigation window when they first install it so they can see the new log file menu item.

REQUIRES MySQL 4.1.1+

If you want to submit data directly from the user admincp to the database, then you can install an addon mod (Coded by Wired1) here http://www.vbulletin.org/forum/showp...&postcount=288

You need to have an API key from www.stopforumspam.com in order to submit data, its free and easy to get... The code above is a quick hack that changes the pages "form" so that it submits to the database. As its a quick hack, this relies 100% on javascript being enabled and makes no tests that it is enabled.

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  #16  
Old 07 Sep 2009, 15:09
pedigree pedigree is offline
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Originally Posted by snoopytas View Post
www.stopforumspam.com XML response is giving errors for the non spammers....
<response success=" <type>ip</type>
<appears>no</appears>
<frequency>0</frequency>
</response>

Should be

<response success="false">
<type>ip</type>
<appears>no</appears>
<frequency>0</frequency>
</response>

And I cant contact them!
You just did, Ill pull the source code and look at this.

Edit : Just fixed it. Im not sure who editted that api file in the SVN but its fixed now.
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Old 07 Sep 2009, 16:06
pedigree pedigree is offline
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Originally Posted by wmelnick View Post
Following the installation instructions gives "Invalid File Specified" when I try to import it. Any ideas?
I just installed a clean 3.8.4 and imported the plugin (once I enabled plugins) and it installed with no issues at all.
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Old 07 Sep 2009, 17:08
testbot testbot is offline
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
just installed. i'm excited about this. we have a pretty high traffic board and get maybe one new spammer a day. they go right past capatcha and projecthoneypot. obviously user assisted. we manually check all new users against stopforumspam and i was getting ready to write the new 3.8 code but lucky stumbled on to this.

we'll keep a close eye on the logs and do some testing. i hope this adds another layer for them to battle. we might not be able to stop them but we can make it pretty damn difficult and annoying to get at us. lol

thank you for this. we'll give an update in a week and let you know how it goes for us.
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Old 07 Sep 2009, 17:30
Expat Expat is offline
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
This has been working fine so far. One more thing I've done is to delete the "Welcome to our newest member" line from the index page. I see no reason to reward a spammer for registering.
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Old 07 Sep 2009, 23:38
segwayon segwayon is offline
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Originally Posted by Expat View Post
This has been working fine so far. One more thing I've done is to delete the "Welcome to our newest member" line from the index page. I see no reason to reward a spammer for registering.
Good idea; it does usually say something like "Welcome to our newest member: nFRRserfa2Dfhkjj3." because the ratio of spammers to non-vampires is at least 4 to 1.
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Old 08 Sep 2009, 00:06
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AusPhotography AusPhotography is offline
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Real name: Rick-owner, Kym-admin
Originally Posted by pedigree View Post
You just did, Ill pull the source code and look at this.

Edit : Just fixed it. I'm not sure who editted that api file in the SVN but its fixed now.
Thanks for the prompt fix! We had some people not able to join

The work around was to set...
"Query Connection Errors / What should happen if the remote connection times out when querying the new registration?" to "Allow Registration"

We love SFS!! It has cut our mods workload!

Forum: www.ausphotography.net.au
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Old 09 Sep 2009, 03:12
brightflash brightflash is offline
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Real name: John Holzmann
Got an SQL Database error message not mentioned in installation.txt.

Specific message emailed me from my vBulletin server:

Database error in vBulletin 3.8.4:

Invalid SQL:
ALTER TABLE usergroup ADD vbstopforumspamviewpermissions INT( 10 ) UNSIGNED DEFAULT '0' NOT NULL;

MySQL Error : Duplicate column name 'vbstopforumspamviewpermissions'
Error Number : 1060
Request Date : Tuesday, September 8th 2009 @ 08:32:31 PM
Error Date : Tuesday, September 8th 2009 @ 08:32:32 PM
Script : http:// www.myurl.com/forums/admincp/plugin.php?do=productimport
Referrer : http:// www.myurl.com/forums/admincp/plugin.php?do=productadd
IP Address : 71.212.191.241
Username : admin
Classname : vB_Database_MySQLi
MySQL Version : 5.1.30

Sorry. I am not conversant with SQL. Is this something I need to "worry" about?

Thanks for your help and thanks for what I hope will turn out to be a great mod!

John
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Old 09 Sep 2009, 11:49
turbosatan turbosatan is offline
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
first off thank you very much for this plugin it works very very well.

Can i ask for an addition to this so when you delete posts as spam then there is an option to report someone as a spammer

or just a user profile option which allows to report as a spammer to stop forum spam.

Some easy way to add them to the stop forum spam DB easily from within the control panel of the forum.
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Old 09 Sep 2009, 16:00
pedigree pedigree is offline
 
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brightflash it looks like you reinstalled it without first uninstalling it. Uninstall it and then reinstall it. Failing that, then you will need to edit that table in phpMyAdmin and drop that column from the table before reinstalling.

Failing that, drop me a PM and Ill knock you up a forced removal XML file that you can import to uninstall and cleanup so that you can import it again.
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Old 09 Sep 2009, 16:03
pedigree pedigree is offline
 
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Originally Posted by turbosatan View Post
first off thank you very much for this plugin it works very very well.

Can i ask for an addition to this so when you delete posts as spam then there is an option to report someone as a spammer

or just a user profile option which allows to report as a spammer to stop forum spam.

Some easy way to add them to the stop forum spam DB easily from within the control panel of the forum.
Sure, I can add that. I have been granted permission from the brother of the guy who wrote "1 click spam cleanup" to use some of his code. This mod-extra will ban a users, delete his PM/posts/threads and submit his details to the database (if the mod/supermod has been granted permissions to do so of course) This is mostly included in the 0.7 source that Im poking and prodding away at, at the moment
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Old 10 Sep 2009, 00:12
brightflash brightflash is offline
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Real name: John Holzmann
Originally Posted by pedigree View Post
brightflash it looks like you reinstalled it without first uninstalling it. Uninstall it and then reinstall it. . . .
Thanks for the work-around!

Weird!

I had never installed it before.

I'm starting to wonder what's going on with my computer. Here it double-posted my post yesterday. It double-installed vbStopForumSpam . . . (!!!)

Again, thank you.

John
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Old 10 Sep 2009, 14:03
pedigree pedigree is offline
 
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The stopforumspam.com domain is down at the moment as the site owner forgot to renew the domain. Ive tried to contact him and just hope that hes reading his emails this morning.
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Old 10 Sep 2009, 19:31
wmelnick wmelnick is offline
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Originally Posted by pedigree View Post
When you import the XML file?

how about some information, like what file youre importing and what version of vbulletin youre using
Sorry, yes, when I import the XML file into 3.8.4 after the upload had already been done. I tried importing the xml both from my local machine and from the server.

W

Edit: Got it to load by downloading the product xml from the old thread.

Last edited by wmelnick; 10 Sep 2009 at 19:38.
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Old 11 Oct 2009, 20:57
bernie g bernie g is offline
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Installed and working perfect, thanks.

I'm new to all of this and have only had my forum up and running for just over a month now. There have been 22 spammers rejected in the last 4 days, not sure if this amount of spammers is the norm for new forums or, I'm doing something wrong lol
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Old 20 Oct 2009, 06:12
XtremeOffroad XtremeOffroad is offline
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Originally Posted by bernie g View Post
Installed and working perfect, thanks.

I'm new to all of this and have only had my forum up and running for just over a month now. There have been 22 spammers rejected in the last 4 days, not sure if this amount of spammers is the norm for new forums or, I'm doing something wrong lol
Chances are it's the same bot using different details, (Comment Spammer)
You arent doing anything wrong, They are just persistant littls sob's.
After awhile they will move on,
But not to worry, There will be others on the way, They are like roaches, Once they arrive they just multiply lol
I had the same problem not too long ago.
They have slowed down a bit but will always continue to annoy us for some reason.

Be thankful some Great mods are coming out to help combat them.
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