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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: (552 votes - 4.80 average) Installs: 4720
Released: 05 Aug 2010 Last Update: 28 May 2013 Downloads: 23679
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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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  #1066  
Old 10 Jun 2011, 18:48
steve1966 steve1966 is offline
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
please can the author update this mod it is not working correctly its causing my members to show incorrect posts counts i have uninstalled until an update is done thnak you
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  #1067  
Old 10 Jun 2011, 19:38
CardMafia CardMafia is offline
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Uninstalled. Rejects almost all applicants to my site regardless of settings.
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  #1068  
Old 11 Jun 2011, 00:13
steviewonder44 steviewonder44 is offline
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Not working with vB 4.14
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  #1069  
Old 11 Jun 2011, 14:12
Ross L Ross L is offline
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
I noticed a massive influx of spam registrations when I upgraded from 3.8 to 4.1.3 last week and this has banished them all

Originally Posted by Card+++++ View Post
Uninstalled. Rejects almost all applicants to my site regardless of settings.
It's because most attempted registrations are spammers. I've tested this by manually registering using different IP's, different email hosts etc. and it's allowed all registrations. Every registration it has blocked for me, are listed as spammers in the No Forum Spam database.

Originally Posted by steviewonder44 View Post
Not working with vB 4.14
Working fine here.
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Old 12 Jun 2011, 04:08
LisaArnold LisaArnold is offline
 
Join Date: May 2011
Real name: Lisa Pham
Originally Posted by steviewonder44 View Post
Not working with vB 4.14
I hope that's not for everyone, although I do hope you get it all worked out and SOM working for you again.

I'm thinking I might have to uninstall the SOM, do the update to vB 4.1.4, then reinstall the SOM and then keep my fingers crossed it all works like it's meant to. *sigh*
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  #1071  
Old 14 Jun 2011, 18:37
Skyrider Skyrider is offline
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Is it possible that a button can be added at their profile to easily remove a user bot and delete all their stuff with 1 push (or 2) of a button?
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Old 14 Jun 2011, 19:13
steeler7 steeler7 is offline
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Originally Posted by Ross L View Post
I noticed a massive influx of spam registrations when I upgraded from 3.8 to 4.1.3 last week and this has banished them all



It's because most attempted registrations are spammers. I've tested this by manually registering using different IP's, different email hosts etc. and it's allowed all registrations. Every registration it has blocked for me, are listed as spammers in the No Forum Spam database.



Working fine here.
it's not working for me when I register with my other e-mail. Database keeps rejecting it. Any idea?
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Old 14 Jun 2011, 20:07
Ross L Ross L is offline
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Just a heads up to everyone StopForumSpam is down, so spammers will get through today.

@Steeler7 Has the issue only happened today or is this a reoccurring issue? If it has only happened today, it may be related to the StopForumSpam outage, if it is happening everyday PM me your email address and I'll try register with it on my forum, once StopForumSpam is back up.

Originally Posted by FF|Skyrider View Post
Is it possible that a button can be added at their profile to easily remove a user bot and delete all their stuff with 1 push (or 2) of a button?
+1 on this.
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Old 14 Jun 2011, 20:10
steeler7 steeler7 is offline
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Originally Posted by steeler7 View Post
it's not working for me when I register with my other e-mail. Database keeps rejecting it. Any idea?
Forgot to mention that I'm running 4.1.4 as well with it not working for me. I'm getting the following error...

Database error in vBulletin 4.1.4:

Invalid SQL:
INSERT INTO glowhostspamomatic_log(`date`, `ip`, `email`, `username`, `message`, `is_blocked`, `user_hash`) VALUES (now(), "98.239.167.36", "XXXX@mywebsite.com", "testingname2", "Spam-O-Matic Tagged username - testingname2 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 Connection Errors\'", "0", "0dd920e31cb73ec67f6c40fcd8bec12c");;
doesnt really matter what user name I use either and I even tried stopforumspam and no dice. Same error from both
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Old 14 Jun 2011, 20:10
steeler7 steeler7 is offline
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Originally Posted by Ross L View Post
Just a heads up to everyone StopForumSpam is down, so spammers will get through today.

@Steeler7 Has the issue only happened today or is this a reoccurring issue? If it has only happened today, it may be related to the StopForumSpam outage, if it is happening everyday PM me your email address and I'll try register with it on my forum, once StopForumSpam is back up.
Just today.

This would perfectly explain my database error i just pasted.

Thanks for the headsup!!
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  #1076  
Old 14 Jun 2011, 20:13
Ross L Ross L is offline
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
No worries It's definitely caused by the StopForumSpam outage. Once they are back up, the mod should work perfectly. Keep checking http://www.stopforumspam.com to see if they are back up.

You can keep updated with StopForumSpam's outage here: http://twitter.com/#!/StopForumSpam
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Old 15 Jun 2011, 01:35
Bluemax712 Bluemax712 is offline
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Originally Posted by Ross L View Post
No worries It's definitely caused by the StopForumSpam outage. Once they are back up, the mod should work perfectly. Keep checking http://www.stopforumspam.com to see if they are back up.

You can keep updated with StopForumSpam's outage here: http://twitter.com/#!/StopForumSpam
Thanks for the Twitter link - guess he will be getting a lot more followers now

I'm amazed it runs off just one server (for now) hopefully he'll get the clustering working soon
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Old 17 Jun 2011, 04:49
Shanakar Shanakar is offline
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
I'm using 4.1.4 and it installed perfectly fine, only problem is it now doesn't allow anyone to register regardless of settings. I've uninstalled it and hope there will be an update.
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Old 17 Jun 2011, 23:05
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Join Date: Nov 2005
Originally Posted by RowenWindsong View Post

#1. I have it set via VB settings that all new users need to be approved by an admin, I have triple checked this setting and for some reason when people register and pass the SoM registration check they are getting auto approved without an admin even approving there application. Not a huge deal but I like to double check and make sure it doesn't look like a sleeper account before they get through. I'm the only admin on the site so I know it's not another admin approving them.

How can we set it so that SoM lets them register but the admin or mod still needs to approve the registration before they go live?
This is the first report I have seen that this does not work.

Originally Posted by RowenWindsong View Post

#2. It's great that this system catches so many spammers but having to go and manually add each rejected application to SFS's database it very taxing, especially when we are talking about amount of info I am talking about. Are there any plans to add check boxes or a 1 click option to submit all blocked/stopped spam account into to SFS's database in the future? It would be really great because having to sit down and submit 1 by 1 each spam account's into takes forever when you are dealing with hundreds of stopped spam account info each week, I think my CTRL-V key is breaking from so much copy and pasting lol.
Yes, that is one of the core functions in SOM. Its a 2 click process. Look for the Spam-O-Matic setting in your moderation tools menu. See the screenshots on the first page of this thread for the example.

Originally Posted by steviewonder44 View Post
Not working with vB 4.14
Anyone else have this problem?

Originally Posted by FF|Skyrider View Post
Is it possible that a button can be added at their profile to easily remove a user bot and delete all their stuff with 1 push (or 2) of a button?
Originally Posted by Ross L View Post
+1 on this.
This is answered on just about every page in this thread, its also in the FAQ on the first post. Look for it in V2.5

Originally Posted by Shanakar View Post
I'm using 4.1.4 and it installed perfectly fine, only problem is it now doesn't allow anyone to register regardless of settings. I've uninstalled it and hope there will be an update.
Anyone else have this problem?
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  #1080  
Old 18 Jun 2011, 07:29
Kentoz Kentoz is offline
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
I'm using 4.1.4 and I really don't feel to have any problem with this. But I must say I'm amazed that in only 2 days I got over 100 registrations denied... Can it be that some real users are getting their registration denied or is my forum a spamming target? I'm still getting real users to register in my forum without any problem though.
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