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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
Developer Last Online: Mar 2020 I like it Show Printable Version Email this Page

vB Version: 4.x.x Rating: (555 votes - 4.79 average) Installs: 4730
Released: 05 Aug 2010 Last Update: 28 May 2013 Downloads: 23792
Not Supported DB Changes Uses Plugins Auto-Template Additional Files Translations External Content  

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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  #2986  
Old 09 Sep 2013, 14:32
cueball61 cueball61 is offline
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Edit includes/functions_gsom.php and change the URLs around line 95+ to the US mirror.

Suggestion for author: Add in a fallback to the US mirror and/or let us select which mirror to use.
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  #2987  
Old 09 Sep 2013, 14:39
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ForceHSS ForceHSS is offline
 
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Originally Posted by stevether View Post
4.2.1 here. SFS doesn't seem to be working. Known offenders are still getting through.
http://www.vbulletin.org/forum/showp...postcount=2950
http://www.vbulletin.org/forum/showthread.php?t=294633
Try both
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  #2988  
Old 12 Sep 2013, 11:50
Drache Drache is offline
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Hi I would like to thank you for making this mod. After I installed it I've notice it helps a lot. Thank you.
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  #2989  
Old 14 Sep 2013, 01:48
Dam13n Dam13n is offline
 
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After I installed this mod all my new registered members were moved to the Users Awaiting Email Confirmation group (even if they activated their accounts) instead of the Registered Members Group. I'm using vb 4.2.1. Please look into it and find a fix.

Thanks.
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Old 14 Sep 2013, 01:55
djbaxter djbaxter is offline
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Ottawa, Canada
Originally Posted by Dam13n View Post
After I installed this mod all my new registered members were moved to the Users Awaiting Email Confirmation group (even if they activated their accounts) instead of the Registered Members Group. I'm using vb 4.2.1. Please look into it and find a fix.

Thanks.
You did something wrong in installing it.

Please look into that and correct it.
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Old 14 Sep 2013, 09:35
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ForceHSS ForceHSS is offline
 
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Originally Posted by Dam13n View Post
After I installed this mod all my new registered members were moved to the Users Awaiting Email Confirmation group (even if they activated their accounts) instead of the Registered Members Group. I'm using vb 4.2.1. Please look into it and find a fix.

Thanks.
Check the option you picked for it
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Old 15 Sep 2013, 10:48
financegav financegav is offline
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Thank you much appreciated it, it's saved a lot of work on my site: http://www.saverscene.com.au/forum.php

really appreciate it!
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  #2993  
Old 16 Sep 2013, 08:43
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Mark4865 Mark4865 is offline
 
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hello,

I have been using this mod for a while with tremendous success in combination with Spam hammer.

I noticed this morning that there has been no recent activity in the logs which is strange as the mod is constantly stopping spammers. I have not had any new spammers register but also have not had any blocked so was just wondering if the logs are not working suddenly.

Do I just push the restart button for this in the ACP under the log section

Seems to be working now but just not much in the log very strange, help with this please someone
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Old 17 Sep 2013, 13:26
financegav financegav is offline
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
hi there, I've added it to my site www.saverscene.com.au as I said before, I've set it to only block posts that have 3 or more links in them, however it's blocking every post from new users with 1 or 2 links as well.

Any suggestions on what I'm doing wrong?
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  #2995  
Old 18 Sep 2013, 07:39
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Mark4865 Mark4865 is offline
 
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No spammers are getting through but my logs and stats are not reflecting any additional spammers blocked so this is not right.

Do I just push restart in the ACP section of the logs.

help anyone

Suddenly working again, go figure
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  #2996  
Old 22 Sep 2013, 14:01
thenoob2012 thenoob2012 is offline
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
I have this installed and it is blocking spammers, BUT I do not see Spamomatic in the moderations options as seen here http://www.vbulletin.org/forum/attac...5&d=1297118184

What do I have to enable to see this option?
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Old 22 Sep 2013, 17:40
Gripi Gripi is offline
 
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Hello..

I think the "Auto-Moderation: Bad Words" should check the Thread title also, not just the thread content.

Because lately, lots of people spam forum using Their "Spam" Title, but the content is an image, and they write the spam words or links into that image, so the "Auto-Moderation: Bad Words" didnt work.
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Old 26 Sep 2013, 16:01
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Originally Posted by Gripi View Post
Hello..

I think the "Auto-Moderation: Bad Words" should check the Thread title also, not just the thread content.

Because lately, lots of people spam forum using Their "Spam" Title, but the content is an image, and they write the spam words or links into that image, so the "Auto-Moderation: Bad Words" didnt work.
You should change your user group settings so that those new users cannot create threads or that threads are automatically moderated.
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Old 26 Sep 2013, 17:28
Superorb Superorb is offline
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Currently the only time you can use Spam-o-Matic is to be in the thread and select the post. I'd like to be able to select more than one thread and then just have the Spam-o-Matic show up in the Moderation options. this way it will affect the thread creator so we can get rid of several threads at once.
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Old 26 Sep 2013, 18:09
Gripi Gripi is offline
 
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Originally Posted by dougdirac View Post
You should change your user group settings so that those new users cannot create threads or that threads are automatically moderated.
Can you imagine if you have 500 new users / day, and they creating 500 new threads every day?

That is not the answer of the problem, the glowhost spam o matic should read the title in the "badwords" option.
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