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NoSpam! - an alternative to CAPTCHA images
Mod Version: 3.0, by antialiasis (Member) antialiasis is offline
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vB Version: 3.6.x Rating: (181 votes - 4.92 average) Installs: 1566
Released: 24 Aug 2006 Last Update: 23 Jun 2008 Downloads: 12055
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This hack is for vBulletin 3.6.x. For 3.5.x, please use the one provided in this thread. If you are using 3.7.x, you must use the one in this thread.

This simple hack is meant as a replacement for the default CAPTCHA system in vBulletin. There are two main reasons one might want to do this: firstly, new technology is constantly being developed to crack CAPTCHA images and make spam accounts anyway, and secondly, the more secure the CAPTCHA, the more difficult it is for genuine users to tell what the numbers in the image are. There is also the issue of visually impaired users, and the fact that not all servers are capable of generating CAPTCHA images.

So what does this hack do instead? It asks a question. Any question you want. That's the best part: YOU make up the questions, which means that every forum is unique, which means that it is impossible for spambots to be simply programmed to bypass it at all forums with the hack installed. You can make one or many questions - if you make many, the hack will pick one at random when a guest attempts to register, search, post or send mail through the Contact Us form. Their input is compared with your specified answer, and voilą, if they get it right they're pretty much guaranteed to be human. If they get it wrong, they're given an error message.

It doesn't have to be a complicated question. Heck, you can just make it "Please type 'blah' into this box." Or you can go with inserting a simple image with HTML and ask what is shown on the image. Or you can ask them to tell you two plus two. It's up to you. In fact, this can also be used as a means of forcing people to read the rules by asking for a certain password found there, or if your forum focuses on a specialized subject, ask a question concerning the subject that all your genuine users will be able to answer, but a random troll or "CAPTCHA-sweatshop-reader" will be scratching their head over.

It's simple to install, too: just one product to import, and that's it.


VERSION HISTORY:

3.0: Added functionality to allow users to specify which pages should use NoSpam!.
2.0: Extended the NoSpam! functionality to guest posts, guest searches and guest "Contact Us" in addition to registration.
1.1: Made template edit automatic (with thanks to Cole2026), added ability to have more than one answer to each question, and made answers case insensitive. To upgrade, I recommend undoing the template edit so you won't have to worry about it anymore (replace $nospamfield in the template register with $imagereg, or if you added $nospamfield above $imagereg, just remove $nospamfield altogether), and then reimport the product through the Admin CP (making sure that Allow Overwrite is set to On).
1.0: Initial release.


INSTALLATION:

Please download NoSpam!.zip, not product-nospam.xml, for the tested version. product.nospam.xml is NoSpam! 4.0 adapted blindly to 3.6, i.e. by editing the XML file for the 3.7 version without actually testing it on a 3.6 board. Theoretically it should work, but I cannot guarantee it at this time. If you download NoSpam!.zip and unzip it, it will contain another file called product.nospam.xml, which you should use.

1. Import product-nospam.xml through the Admin CP product manager.
2. Go to your vBulletin options in the Admin CP and select NoSpam! Settings. Once there, turn the system on and input your questions and answers according to the instructions there.

The system should now be functional and running.


UNINSTALLATION:

Just uninstall the product through the Admin CP.


SUPPORT:

Full support will be given here in this thread. All suggestions are welcome.

Thank you and please click "Mark as Installed" if you like it.


If NoSpam! is not working for you or you are looking for something a little different, you might want to check out Advanced Textual Confirmation.

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Old 19 Jul 2009, 14:09
ETDC ETDC is offline
 
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Originally Posted by Kayvin View Post
I installed this mod when I was using 3.6. I went from 8 bots a day to 0 bots.

I removed this mod when I upgraded to 3.8 and could do this with 3.8's built-in features. I stayed at 0 bots. Works great.
There's a verification question in 3.8.3?
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Old 19 Jul 2009, 18:54
Kayvin Kayvin is offline
 
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On the Human Verification Manager, it asks me if I wanted to use Image Verification, Question & Answer Verification, or reCAPTCHA Verification because I have that installed (though I no longer use it)

Human Verification Options is one of the first options on the sidebar of the admin panel, or it can be found in the vBulletin Options panel relatively close to the top of the list.
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Old 19 Jul 2009, 19:40
ETDC ETDC is offline
 
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^ Thanks for that. Phew, now I can avoid wasting hours checking if they're bots or not....

Cheers.
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  #829  
Old 29 Sep 2009, 19:19
ellicit ellicit is offline
 
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I just installed it... I hope it helps.
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Old 09 Oct 2009, 04:00
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Love it..... will be installing SOON!!!
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Old 11 Dec 2009, 15:49
Loget Loget is offline
 
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Hey,

I've added the registrar nospam code but the question won't show on the registration page. Help would be appreciated.

Thanks
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Old 12 Dec 2009, 00:01
USAMustangs.com USAMustangs.com is offline
 
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Originally Posted by Loget View Post
Hey,

I've added the registrar nospam code but the question won't show on the registration page. Help would be appreciated.

Thanks
In your No Spam Settings under vBulletin Options; Make sure that 1. Enable No Spam!? is set to Yes. 2. Use NoSpam! for registrations? is set to Yes 3. Save
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Old 26 Dec 2009, 19:27
IndyParts IndyParts is offline
 
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Does this work with 3.8.4 ?
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Old 27 Dec 2009, 05:52
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Real name: Mark Daniel Martinez
Originally Posted by IndyParts View Post
Does this work with 3.8.4 ?
You'd need the most recent version.
Originally Posted by antialiasis
This hack is for vBulletin 3.6.x. For 3.5.x, please use the one provided in this thread. If you are using 3.7.x, you must use the one in this thread.
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Old 12 Feb 2010, 12:12
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which version I can use with VB 4.0.1
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Old 13 Feb 2010, 11:36
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Originally Posted by alashram View Post
which version I can use with VB 4.0.1
Neither. There isn't one for 4.0.
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Old 12 Apr 2010, 16:07
Robman Robman is offline
 
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the hack works with vbulletin 4.0.1, but the design is deformed and a error appears in the header

Warnung: Die Aufrufe von fetch_template() sollten mit der Klasse vB_Template ersetzt werden. Templatename: nospam in [path]/includes/functions.php (Zeile 3893)
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Old 28 Sep 2010, 14:54
cbishwaraj cbishwaraj is offline
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
is this application available for 3.8.4 and 4.0.5 ?

Hi,
We are having problems of Spams in Publishing suite.

I saw the downloads for 3.5 and 3.7 versions but not for our versions.

Is it possible to get it for our Publishing Suite - 4.0.5 and
VBulleting - 3.8.4 ???

How effective and reliable is this application ?
Your Help on this would be great.

Thank you for your support
Bish
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Old 13 Oct 2010, 08:53
dewforum.info dewforum.info is offline
 
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Thanks.
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Old 04 Feb 2011, 01:45
sweptwingnut sweptwingnut is offline
 
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INSTALLED. 3.6.8

Working flawlessly. ZERO spambots.
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