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Spambot Stopper - Prevent Spambots from Registering
Mod Version: 1.1.1, by kh99 (Senior Member) kh99 is offline
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vB Version: 4.x.x Rating: (53 votes - 4.92 average) Installs: 444
Released: 01 Feb 2013 Last Update: 16 Feb 2013 Downloads: 2021
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What is it?
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This mod rejects registrations where the form is filled out in less than a minimum time. You can configure one of the following actions to be taken when an automated registration is detected:

- Show a "No Permissions" page
- Display the "Successful Registration" message but without creating an account
- Redirect the user to any URL you choose
- Reload the registration page with an error message of your choosing

You can also provide a list of email addresses to be notified each time a registration is blocked.

Added for version 1.1.1: Time delay enforcer, maximum time option, time limits to cut down on email notifications, posting to a thread.

In the future, I'd like to add some simple logging and statistics, and a summary type of email notification (because people seem to quickly get tired of the single emails).

Note: I coded this myself from scratch, but I would like to acknowledge a couple of previous mods that used this same idea, by users Calorie and noppid, and maybe others. In any case, I believe this one adds some features that the others don't have.

Other advantages: no ads or links, no abuse of update notifications, no disappearing features, no threats to delete the mod (it will never be deleted, at least by me). Also, translations are allowed.

Installation:
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1) If you have "Is Bot", "Stop the Registration Bots", "Spammers Suck!", or another mod that works on registration time, note any admincp settings for that mod then uninstall it.

2) Import the product XML file from the Product Manager.

3) Go to Settings > Options > Spambot Stopper Options and configure the desired settings.

4) IMPORTANT: try to register a new user to make sure that there are no problems with humans registering. If you want, you can also temporarily set the minimum time to a higher value (like 60 seconds) and test to see if the spammer rejection is working.



History:
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1.1.1 (Feb 16, 2013)
  • Added timer for enforcing minimum time
  • Added maximum registration time limit
  • Added time limits for email notifications
  • Added posting notificatiosn to a thread

1.0.1 (Feb 01, 2013)
  • Fixed bug
  • Added check for fake timestamps

1.0 (Jan 31, 2013)
  • Initial Release

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  #271  
Old 01 Dec 2013, 13:37
kh99 kh99 is offline
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Real name: Kevin
That is strange. I can't think of why that would happen. You didn't install any other mods in between?
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Old 01 Dec 2013, 13:46
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Join Date: May 2004
Real name: John
I think I've found the reason. I have renamed my register.php file to something else. Your plugin refers to register.php in two locations. I've manually edited the xml file to point to that new file and I am awaiting to see the results.
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  #273  
Old 01 Dec 2013, 14:15
sv1cec sv1cec is offline
 
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Well still no email messages and no posts in the thread that I've specified, but at least I am not receiving any registrations by spambots. I do not know if it is your hack that stops them, or something else, but I sure miss those emails that I got, they made me feel safe.
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Old 01 Dec 2013, 16:12
kh99 kh99 is offline
 
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I'm not sure why that would happen. I guess you probably double checked the email addresses you're sending to. Did you set "Limit Notifications By Registration Time" to anything?
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  #275  
Old 01 Dec 2013, 19:28
sv1cec sv1cec is offline
 
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Nope, that was not the problem.

I am dead right now, it is 10:30 pm and we just returned from the kids soccer match, but if you agree, I can PM you tomorrow morning with all the details. I think I have a pretty good idea of what was happening.

If you feel like it, I have some ideas on how to improve this hack, I used to have all these implemented in my vb 3.0.13 site and we had reduced spam to almost none.

The hack works fine now, so don't worry about it. Email addresses were fine, and no I didn't have anything in Limit Notifications.

More tomorrow.
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  #276  
Old 01 Dec 2013, 19:59
kh99 kh99 is offline
 
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Absolutely, if you think you've got info that will help me figure out your problem, send it to me. And send me any other ideas you have for the mod, although I can't promise anything right now.
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  #277  
Old 31 Dec 2013, 07:12
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can you integrate stopforumspam database api check
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  #278  
Old 31 Dec 2013, 07:31
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Just use this hack and also use vbStopForumSpam. They work fine together.
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  #279  
Old 31 Dec 2013, 17:20
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This also works well beside spam-o-matic, which checks the db.
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  #280  
Old 31 Dec 2013, 17:42
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Originally Posted by rhody401 View Post
This also works well beside spam-o-matic, which checks the db.
There's no conflict, that is true. But with this working, SoM will have little to do since it won't see autospam anymore.
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  #281  
Old 02 Jan 2014, 16:17
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That is true. Very few spammers get as far as SOM, on our forum, with this installed. But I still like having that extra layer of security

Some of them are hiring students to physically create the accounts, at human speed.
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Old 02 Jan 2014, 16:59
kh99 kh99 is offline
 
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Originally Posted by rhody401 View Post
Some of them are hiring students to physically create the accounts, at human speed.
Yeah, on our site (not vbulletin.org) we get 2 or 3 a day and I'm pretty sure they're human. Edit: ...and spam-o-matic doesn't stop them either.

Last edited by kh99; 02 Jan 2014 at 17:24.
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  #283  
Old 02 Jan 2014, 17:20
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Originally Posted by rhody401 View Post
That is true. Very few spammers get as far as SOM, on our forum, with this installed. But I still like having that extra layer of security

Some of them are hiring students to physically create the accounts, at human speed.
Can never be too many arrows in the quiver.
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  #284  
Old 03 Jan 2014, 01:32
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Since Sept 18th of 2013 up until January 2nd of 2014 on one forum alone I installed this on, it has prevented over 64,375 spam registrations! Thanks for the mod kh99 nothing but "a job well done" or "bravo" from me to you after seeing those statistics .
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  #285  
Old 03 Jan 2014, 10:35
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Thanks, but I think I should give credit where it's due. Max Taxable was telling people to use calorie's Is Bot mod for a long time, and to be honest I was skeptical. But Max paid someone to make a vb4 version with some options, which became very popular, and when that one was deleted by the author I coded this one so that it would still be available. There was also another previous mod by user noppid that works on the same principle.
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