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Mod Version: 0.61, by pedigree (Coder) pedigree is offline
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vB Version: 4.0.0 Rating: (100 votes - 4.73 average) Installs: 1200
Released: 23 Dec 2009 Last Update: 27 Dec 2009 Downloads: 6125
Not Supported DB Changes Uses Plugins Additional Files Re-usable Code External Content  

vbStopForumSpam

Mod of the month winner October 2009.... That cant be bad


Apologies in advance, this is a copy of the 3.6/3.7/3.8 mod that has been verified to work in 4.0 (its so that I dont get a billion PMs asking if it works in 4.0)

This provides access to a RBL type system for forum admins, listing known spam IP / email / usernames. The RBL database is provided by www.stopforumspam.com. You do NOT need an API key from the website in order to access the database. only to submit data if you should wish to do so.

At the point of user registration, the mod checks if the IP number / provided username / email addresses appear on a block list and can block the registration.

Whilst this isnt the most perfect way to stop all forum spam, its another step that spammers have to overcome.

What it does

It checks with a remote database of known forum spammers. Their IP number, email address and forum username are tested and based on your configuration, you can reject / log / accept user registrations based on what you get back.

This version doesnt have
- whitelisting or the ability to submit users to the database but it will within the next week.
- automatic user deletion / post / PM purging. There are good tools out there already, this does something else.

Instructions are included in the installation.txt file - PLEASE read it first and dont forget to actually upload the files in the upload folder, otherwise it WILL kill your registration progress and you wont see the log file options in admincp.

Changes to vB
- 3 new database tables
- 2 database table alternations
- No new templates.
- 2 Hook (register_addmember_process & register_addmember_complete)

Ive tested it but had feedback that it works with versions as old as 3.6.2... Support should go back to older versions, as long as they have hook support for register_addmember_process / register_addmember_complete

For code to submit spammers to the database, check this post for code changes
http://www.vbulletin.org/forum/showp...&postcount=288

Reported to work
- 3.6.1, 3.6.2, 3.6.9, 3.6.10, 3.7.0, 3.7.1, 3.7.2, 3.7.3, 3.74, 3.80, 3.81, 3.82, 3.83, 3.8.4, 4.0beta3, 4.0 Gold
, 4.2pl1,2

Installers should remember to refresh their ACP navigation window when they first install it so they can see the new log file menu item.

REQUIRES MySQL 4.1.1+

There is a small mod, coded by Wired1 that will allow you to submit spammer details to the database from the admin control panel, here http://www.vbulletin.org/forum/showp...&postcount=289 This relies 100% on javascript being enabled and makes no tests that it is enabled.

You need to have an API key from www.stopforumspam.com in order to submit data, its free and easy to get... You DONT need an API key in order to use this mod however, only to submit spammer data.

Issues are
- The usergroup permissions / view details etc DONT work. I jumped the gun and put the permissions controls in there before I put the code in. Please delete the includes/xml/bitfield_vbstopforumspam.xml file and rebuild your postbit

Installation
- Follow the instructions in the zip file, that includes the file upload the correct folders.

Please click Installed

The original thread is at http://www.vbulletin.org/forum/showthread.php?t=176481 where there is a wealth of knowledge about the mod, please ask questions in there.

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Old 21 Jun 2012, 22:27
stationar stationar is offline
 
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I receive a lot of emails from users trying to register (including facebook registration). Turned the product off.
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Old 22 Jun 2012, 00:09
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There has been no reply for months from the creator and its clearly failing.
Why is this mod not in the graveyard?
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Old 22 Jun 2012, 02:13
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Because it works fine for most people.
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Old 22 Jun 2012, 06:52
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Clearly failing? Don't be daft.

Are you sure you two don't use the "test username" option? Because if you do that's just as daft.
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Old 22 Jun 2012, 15:45
MagiKelly MagiKelly is offline
 
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Originally Posted by DAMINK View Post
There has been no reply for months from the creator and its clearly failing.
Why is this mod not in the graveyard?
Working fine for me too. Getting new members without problem and dramatically reducing the amount of spammers. I simply can't imagine going back to the days before this mod.
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Old 22 Jun 2012, 18:50
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Location: Ottawa, Canada
Originally Posted by DAMINK View Post
There has been no reply for months from the creator and its clearly failing.
Why is this mod not in the graveyard?
It's not failing. It's working fine for most people. And why on earth would it be moved to the graveyard?
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Old 25 Jun 2012, 05:14
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Using it on 4.2 pl2 and it seems to work so far. Question though is where does log write to? Where do I read the log at?
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Old 25 Jun 2012, 05:38
kylek kylek is offline
 
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Originally Posted by dmm2020 View Post
Using it on 4.2 pl2 and it seems to work so far. Question though is where does log write to? Where do I read the log at?
Go to your Admincp - down close to the bottom on the left side > Statistics & Logs > you should see vbstopforumspam logs.
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Old 25 Jun 2012, 05:43
dmm2020 dmm2020 is offline
 
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Originally Posted by kylek View Post
Go to your Admincp - down close to the bottom on the left side > Statistics & Logs > you should see vbstopforumspam logs.
Found it shortly after I posted the question. Thanks.
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Old 25 Jun 2012, 06:47
semprot semprot is offline
 
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Mark as installed on 4.2.0.

I use this setting :
Test IP address : disabled
Test User name : disabled
Test Email Address : enabled
Query Connection Errors : allow registration
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Old 25 Jun 2012, 09:31
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Originally Posted by semprot View Post
Mark as installed on 4.2.0.

I use this setting :
Test IP address : disabled
Test User name : disabled
Test Email Address : enabled
Query Connection Errors : allow registration
Similar to my settings but I have IP test enabled and connection errors to block registration.

Is it recommended to allow registration if it times out?
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Old 25 Jun 2012, 13:46
semprot semprot is offline
 
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Real name: Jeremy
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Originally Posted by GamerPerfection View Post
Similar to my settings but I have IP test enabled and connection errors to block registration.

Is it recommended to allow registration if it times out?
Actually i am not sure with definition of "Query Connection Error". Does it mean if our forum failed to communicate with stopforumspam's server?
If so, i think if the communication is failed (whether because our forums are down / SFS's server is down), we shouldn't block registration.

What if a legit user registers on the wrong time? When the communication is failed.
Imho.
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Old 25 Jun 2012, 13:48
pedigree pedigree is offline
 
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I am still here but I really don't have the time to fully support the mod. Glowhost took the code and added to it for Spam-o-matic, which will provide protection for vb4+, and if there are any show stoppers, then I can provide some support for it on the stopforumspam.com website which I run.

Most of the issues are around no open_url and/or curl access, which I've really answered to death.

The good news is that I will be releasing this for vb5 when its released. I'm just waiting for some code to be made available.
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Old 25 Jun 2012, 13:49
pedigree pedigree is offline
 
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@semprot thats up to you, you can let them register or you can block it. The stopforumspam servers are up and working and the error means that your server cannot contact the stopforumspam.com servers via file_get_contents and/or curl.
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Old 25 Jun 2012, 19:00
dmm2020 dmm2020 is offline
 
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One suggestion to save answering your favorite question to death is in the settings in the admin panel, put a bold red warning when open_url and/or curl access is not available. That's what I do on my arcade script I am releasing. Of course cURL is hard to detect on some servers.
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