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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: (553 votes - 4.80 average) Installs: 4721
Released: 05 Aug 2010 Last Update: 28 May 2013 Downloads: 23705
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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 [email protected] (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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  #2371  
Old 17 Dec 2012, 23:19
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ForceHSS ForceHSS is offline
 
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Originally Posted by cdoyle View Post
What is this?
Where does it go, and how does it work?
It goes into the includes folder it will replace the one that is already there. My 6 year old son worked it out in secs
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Old 18 Dec 2012, 13:17
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BenOwns BenOwns is offline
 
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i am having this issue when trying to install

Database error in vBulletin 4.2.0:

Invalid SQL:
CREATE TABLE IF NOT EXISTS `bfw_glowhostspamomatic_log`(
`date` DATETIME NOT NULL,
`ip` VARCHAR(15) NOT NULL,
`email` VARCHAR(255) NOT NULL,
`username` VARCHAR(255) NOT NULL,
`message` VARCHAR(255) NOT NULL,
`is_blocked` TINYINT NOT NULL DEFAULT "0",
`user_hash` VARCHAR(50) NOT NULL,
`user_id` INT NOT NULL
) TYPE=MyISAM;;

MySQL Error : You have an error in your SQL syntax; check the manual that corresponds to your MySQL server version for the right syntax to use near 'TYPE=MyISAM' at line 10
Error Number : 1064
Request Date : Tuesday, December 18th 2012 @ 08:15:59 AM
Error Date : Tuesday, December 18th 2012 @ 08:15:59 AM
Script :/Removed/
Referrer :/Removed/
IP Address : /Removed/
Username : /Removed/
Classname : vB_Database
MySQL Version : 5.5.23-55
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Old 18 Dec 2012, 18:02
thenoob2012 thenoob2012 is offline
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
I am having the same problem as above
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Old 18 Dec 2012, 20:08
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ForceHSS ForceHSS is offline
 
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in product-glowhostspamomatic.xml change all instances of


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

to


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

then install again
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  #2375  
Old 19 Dec 2012, 14:16
thenags thenags is offline
 
Join Date: May 2008
Ever since updating from vB 3.8 to 4.X last week spam has been outta control for me even with Q&A verification. Going to be installing this tonight. Hopefully it does the trick!
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Old 20 Dec 2012, 03:52
thenags thenags is offline
 
Join Date: May 2008
I've installed and got everything configured. However when I registered a test account I get this at the end

"Warning: array_intersect() [function.array-intersect]: Argument #1 is not an array in [path]/modules/navigation.php on line 34"

The account gets registered but why the error?
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Old 20 Dec 2012, 04:52
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ForceHSS ForceHSS is offline
 
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Originally Posted by thenags View Post
I've installed and got everything configured. However when I registered a test account I get this at the end

"Warning: array_intersect() [function.array-intersect]: Argument #1 is not an array in [path]/modules/navigation.php on line 34"

The account gets registered but why the error?
there is no modules folder unless you renamed the admincp folder as the only navigation.php file is in the admincp folder
If you have not renamed the admincp folder then this problem is from a custom plugin or mod
Check Navigation Manager for errors also any error logs you have post them

Last edited by ForceHSS; 20 Dec 2012 at 05:00.
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Old 20 Dec 2012, 16:35
thenags thenags is offline
 
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Originally Posted by ForceHSS View Post
there is no modules folder unless you renamed the admincp folder as the only navigation.php file is in the admincp folder
If you have not renamed the admincp folder then this problem is from a custom plugin or mod
Check Navigation Manager for errors also any error logs you have post them
You're right. It must have been there before. I've since disabled S-O-M and still have the issue.

Thanks for pointing me in the right direction.
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Old 22 Dec 2012, 05:12
nicklfire nicklfire is offline
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
i installed this a few days ago and seems to be working. I caught my first post, and tried to moderator it and got this error when i pressed on moderator threads in the admin cp

Not Found

The requested URL /vapor/moderate.php was not found on this server.

Additionally, a 500 Internal Server Error error was encountered while trying to use an ErrorDocument to handle the request.

No idea why, cause everything else works fine?
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Old 22 Dec 2012, 05:29
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Alibass Alibass is offline
 
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Originally Posted by nicklfire View Post
i installed this a few days ago and seems to be working. I caught my first post, and tried to moderator it and got this error when i pressed on moderator threads in the admin cp

Not Found

The requested URL /vapor/moderate.php was not found on this server.

Additionally, a 500 Internal Server Error error was encountered while trying to use an ErrorDocument to handle the request.

No idea why, cause everything else works fine?
Do you actually have moderate.php file in the vapor folder in your forum root? Looks to me it's not in your forum root.
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Old 29 Dec 2012, 10:26
postcd postcd is offline
 
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> "Customizable "Registration Rejected" message."

Why the he** i cant find WHERE to edit rejection message?!

It should be included in Mod settings page.

Here is guide how to change. Admin > Languages & Phrases menu > Phrasse manager > Search in Phrasses button > find: glowhostspamomatic_reject , select "Phrase Text and Phrase Variable Name" , find button, edit

Last edited by postcd; 28 Aug 2013 at 11:45.
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Old 31 Dec 2012, 13:39
BGCOM BGCOM is offline
 
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Originally Posted by ForceHSS View Post
in product-glowhostspamomatic.xml change all instances of


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

to


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

then install again
thank you it work.
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Old 31 Dec 2012, 17:08
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I have been helping manage a board(vb4) for a couple of years now. I have no background in programming and I "self taught" myself the admin control panel ( so please don't get too technical with responses!) We used to get over 200 spam posts a day and we narrowed it down to maybe 5 in 2 years when someone recommended SOM. GREAT PRODUCT! Now for about 2-3 months, we have noticed that there are about 20-30 a day that are getting past registration. I know the SOM is still working because it is rejecting around 120- 150 a day, but is there something that needs to be updated to get back to no spam like we previously were?

We do use re-captcha, email verification and our spammers are placed under moderation, but we are concerned about the number of bogus registrations rising now

Like I said earlier, no programming experience here, I only know enought to slide by. I was looking at our installation (done by someone else) and I only see Askimet API key I do not see StopForumSpam API Key set. Would we benefit by doing this?
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Old 31 Dec 2012, 18:17
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Originally Posted by tazmaniancowboy View Post
I have been helping manage a board(vb4) for a couple of years now. I have no background in programming and I "self taught" myself the admin control panel ( so please don't get too technical with responses!) We used to get over 200 spam posts a day and we narrowed it down to maybe 5 in 2 years when someone recommended SOM. GREAT PRODUCT! Now for about 2-3 months, we have noticed that there are about 20-30 a day that are getting past registration. I know the SOM is still working because it is rejecting around 120- 150 a day, but is there something that needs to be updated to get back to no spam like we previously were?

We do use re-captcha, email verification and our spammers are placed under moderation, but we are concerned about the number of bogus registrations rising now

Like I said earlier, no programming experience here, I only know enought to slide by. I was looking at our installation (done by someone else) and I only see Askimet API key I do not see StopForumSpam API Key set. Would we benefit by doing this?
You would be best to have the StopForumSpam API Key also did you update the functions_ghsom.php and try this program
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Old 31 Dec 2012, 18:50
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