[2.0.19] Anti-bot Guest Post Mod

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[2.0.19] Anti-bot Guest Post Mod

Postby Extensions Robot » Wed Jan 25, 2006 1:35 pm

MOD Name: Anti-bot Guest Post Mod
Author: otseng
MOD Description: This MOD makes it a little bit harder for a robot to make an anonymous posting. It will ask to select a dropdown to confirm an anonymous post.



MOD Version: 1.0.1

Download File: antibot_guest_post_1_0_1.zip
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File Size: 2155 Bytes

Security Score: 0

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Postby webmacster87 » Sat Feb 04, 2006 5:27 pm

MOD Validated/Released

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Adds a dropdown to the guest posting page to prevent automated bot posting.

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Postby h-o » Sun Feb 05, 2006 10:31 am

Great MOD :-)

By the way, here is the update code for those who have already installed the previous version 0.0.1

Code: Select all

# Update Anti-bot Guest Post Mod 0.0.1 -> 1.0.1 (language independent)
#
#-----[ OPEN ]------------------------------------------
#
posting.php
#
#-----[ FIND ]------------------------------------------
#
            if ($confirm_guest_post != "Yes")
#
#----- [ REPLACE WITH] ---------------------------------
#
            if ($confirm_guest_post != "1")
#
#-----[ FIND ]------------------------------------------
#
   'L_CONFIRM_POST_EXPLAIN' => $lang['Confirm_post_explain'],
#
#-----[ AFTER, ADD ]------------------------------------
#
   'L_YES' => $lang['Yes'],
   'L_NO' => $lang['No'],
#
#-----[ OPEN ]------------------------------------------
#
templates/subSilver/posting_body.tpl
#
#-----[ FIND ]------------------------------------------
#
          <option value="No">No</option>
          <option value="Yes">Yes</option>
#
#----- [ REPLACE WITH] --------------------------------
#
          <option value="0">{L_NO}</option>
          <option value="1">{L_YES}</option>
#
#-----[ SAVE/CLOSE ALL FILES ]-----------------------
#
# EoM


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Postby otseng » Sun Feb 05, 2006 2:33 pm

You can try out this mod on my forum.

Edit: it now has a slight modification since the spambots have finally figured out how to get into my forum. Hopefully this will keep them at bay for awhile.
Last edited by otseng on Fri Aug 18, 2006 11:58 am, edited 1 time in total.

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Postby internetbrother » Sun Feb 12, 2006 4:34 pm

will this realy help?

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Great mod!

Postby martijn2 » Sun Feb 12, 2006 5:02 pm

I just installed it on my board and it seems to be working fine, I tested it as well :)

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nice thanks!

Postby rapghsi » Sun Feb 12, 2006 6:39 pm

nice thanks!

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Postby otseng » Mon Feb 13, 2006 2:16 pm

internetbrother wrote:will this realy help?

It'll only help if you have a forum that allows guest posts.

I have one forum enabled with guest posting for people that are having trouble registering or logging in. And bots were taking advantage of it to post spam. So, with this mod, no bots have been able to post. At least not yet. :)

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Postby neodigital » Tue Feb 28, 2006 1:15 am

Very nice job well done :) using it for testing for another forum setup

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Thanks, good mod.

Postby dipps » Mon Mar 06, 2006 12:22 pm

This mod was easy to apply. I put it on 2 weeks ago and it's stopped nearly all spam. Thanks otseng!

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Postby NoDeity » Wed Mar 08, 2006 8:41 am

If this really stymies the spambots, it's a simple and elegant solution to a vexing problem. I've installed it and it went in very easily with EasyMod. I've tested it and it works as advertised (as in, it allows guests to post but requires them to select "Yes" in the little drop-down box).

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Re: Thanks, good mod.

Postby damnian » Thu Mar 09, 2006 1:07 am

dipps wrote:I put it on 2 weeks ago and it's stopped nearly all spam.

The keyword is nearly. Could you please specify?
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Re: Thanks, good mod.

Postby dipps » Thu Mar 09, 2006 11:45 am

I can't say how many spam guest posts it's stopped on "my" board: sorry, not bored enough to wade through the webserver logs.

But in the previous week, I had to delete 30-40 obvious advertising spams. Similar the week before. In the 2 weeks since I put this mod on, there's been only one odd guest post on "my" board. The odd one wasn't an advertising post: no new text, completely quoted a previous message. Could have been someone clicking around by accident, dunno.

The spammers might catch on one day, but IMO it's working pretty well now!

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Re: Thanks, good mod.

Postby damnian » Thu Mar 09, 2006 1:25 pm

dipps wrote:The odd one wasn't an advertising post: no new text, completely quoted a previous message. Could have been someone clicking around by accident, dunno.

That's probably what it was. So it stops 100%.
dipps wrote:The spammers might catch on one day, but IMO it's working pretty well now!

You bet they will. I'd suggest using visual confirmation for guest posts. There's a MOD for that somewhere; I've also manually modified my board to do it, but was too lazy to publish it as a MOD.
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Re: Thanks, good mod.

Postby dipps » Fri Mar 10, 2006 1:56 am

damnian wrote:You bet they will. I'd suggest using visual confirmation for guest posts.


Thought I read that the standard phpBB captcha wasn't that hard for bots to crack? They will get through that, and maybe its replacement too. Seen PWNtcha ?

Whatever you choose, with spammers, I don't believe there are any "permanent fixes". It's an arms race.

I avoided all the visual confirmation stuff because some users will have trouble with them. I think this mod will give the users less difficulty. Of course, other people can make different choices for their users ;-)


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