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SpamBuster: Identify, log and remove spam posts on your forum
Mod Version: 1.1.2, by UK Jimbo (Member) UK Jimbo is offline
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vB Version: 3.6.8 Rating: (19 votes - 4.68 average) Installs: 193
Released: 14 Aug 2007 Last Update: 08 Nov 2007 Downloads: 747
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This is the v3.6 version of SpamBuster that I wrote for vBulletin v3.5.x This version is mainly bug fixes.

What does it do?
It spots posts that could potentially be spam then (depending on option settings) creates a thread alerting site admin/moderators about the post and/or hides the post from view.

How does it identify the spam?
All off the posts for users with a post count of less than 10 (configurable) have their posts checked against a number of rules. Each rule has a different "score". If the total score for the post exceeds a specified limit then the post is deemed to be spam.

Can I add my own rules?
The installer file has a default rule set with it, you may wish to customise the rules in the options section of the AdminCP. The rules system is fairly simple to add to, in simple terms each rule is a perl regular expression and a score.

How do I install it?
Import the product via the Product Manager in the AdminCP. The options group and plugins will be added to your system. Now would be a good time to click the install link on here to record the fact that you've installed it.

How do I configure it?
Head to the "SpamBuster" option group in the "vBulletin Options" section of your AdminCP. Fill in the relevant fields. Further documentation will follow but it should be obvious what each setting does for the moment.

How do I upgrade?
Just run a regular install. It's worth backing up your settings particluarly the rules before performing the upgrade. If you have any problems I recommend removing the product then installing it from scratch.

How can I test it?
Try posting a new thread/post with some trigger values in it. The string cialis should do the trick.

Help it's broken my forum!
Erm, that's not an intended feature. Disable all six of the plugins that are part of the product "SpamBuster" and post an error report to this thread. The forum will work fine.

Why doesn't it do x,y or z?
Because I've either not thought about it yet or I've not written it yet. Please drop a post into this thread with any (sensible!) suggestions.

Can I use it commercially?
You're free to use it for whatever purpose comercially/privately as long as you don't resell the code. It's released under the LGPL, see the link below for futher info. If you find this plugin useful and you'd like to make a donation please use the "donate" button below.

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This software is licenced under the CC-GNU LGPL.

  • 8th November 2007 - v1.1.2 - New thread redirect bug fixed
  • 14th August 2007 - v1.1.1 - Multiple post bug fix
  • 13th August 2007 - v1.1.0 - Important bug fixes, updated rules file
  • 15th June 2006 - v1.0.1 - Updated list of rules uploaded as a text file
  • 6th April 2006 - v1.0.0 - Stable release: code remains the same but the rules file has changed.

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SpamBuster v1.0.0 (Stable): Identify, log and remove spam posts on your forum UK Jimbo vBulletin 3.5 Add-ons 147 15 Feb 2010 12:38

Old 29 Nov 2007, 17:08
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UK Jimbo UK Jimbo is offline
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Hi - glad you like it

The contents of the post are contained within the code - ideally it should be a phrase but I never got round to that. To modify the post that it creates head to your admincp and look in "Plugins & Products" > "Plugin Manager" > "SpamBuster Libraries"
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Old 24 Jan 2008, 14:58
habbishfmforum habbishfmforum is offline
Join Date: Nov 2007
Just installed
It'll sure help my moderators keep track of spam
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Old 30 Jan 2008, 12:40
Hornbone Hornbone is offline
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very nice
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Old 08 Feb 2008, 01:49
corman420 corman420 is offline
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A tip for those having issues with .info and india domains. REMOVE the .info entry from the rules. When a .info domain is entered into a post, it gets scored from BOTH the .info and india rules. I have a .info domian and everytime somone used an internal link it got scored twice.
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Old 08 Feb 2008, 19:02
corman420 corman420 is offline
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Anyway of adding a feature to ignore certain forum ids?
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Old 12 Feb 2008, 07:54
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Alibass Alibass is offline
Join Date: Mar 2007
Nice hack **installed**

I have a robot that post rss feeds on my site. It has a user id and over 10,000 posts and yet spambuster keeps flagging it when it post a new file that may trip the rules criteria.

A nice feature would be if you could exclude user id's or user groups of your choosing.
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Old 20 Mar 2008, 17:40
Koushukei Koushukei is offline
Join Date: Jun 2007
Well done. Worked great. I have alot of spam so its definitely something I needed.
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Old 05 Apr 2008, 01:12
azjoe azjoe is offline
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Thanks uk Jimbo... works great.
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Old 01 May 2008, 11:55
DeanoG DeanoG is offline
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Does anyone know if this works with VB3.7.0 Gold ?

thanks in advance
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Old 02 May 2008, 00:41
gim gim is offline
Join Date: Jun 2007

Great addon. Thankyou!
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Old 02 May 2008, 08:39
pike2k pike2k is offline
Join Date: Jul 2006
I don't know why, but it FEELS like this addon stopped working with 3.6.10 (maybe even with 3.6.9)

Be great if someone can put my mind at ease
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Old 07 May 2008, 16:35
webghey webghey is offline
Join Date: May 2005
Originally Posted by DeanoG View Post
Does anyone know if this works with VB3.7.0 Gold ?

thanks in advance
did you happen to test it? the OP hasn't been on since December
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Old 26 May 2008, 13:14
Tony L Tony L is offline
Join Date: Jul 2003
Originally Posted by pike2k View Post
I don't know why, but it FEELS like this addon stopped working with 3.6.10 (maybe even with 3.6.9)

Be great if someone can put my mind at ease
I've just tested it on 3.6.10 and it does indeed seem to be broken. Annoying as I'm getting spammed to death at the moment.

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Old 28 May 2008, 16:14
Charlie98902 Charlie98902 is offline
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I would like this updated to work on vBullettin 3.7.x as well please. I haven't tested this version since it doesn't work on 3.6.10 I doubt it'll work in the 3.7.x series.
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Old 18 Jun 2008, 16:08
myadsl myadsl is offline
Join Date: Dec 2004
Everything works, but when I draw in RSS feeds from my own username it 'moderates' it despite the fact that I have more posts than the threshold value...

Any ideas on how to solve this?
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