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Wikipedia:Sockpuppet investigations

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Administrator instructions

If you suspect sock puppetry by an administrator, or if you need to submit off-wiki evidence for some other reason, you must email the CheckUser team to open an investigation. Private information, emails, logs, and other sensitive evidence must not be posted on Wikipedia. All evidence related to a sockpuppet investigation must otherwise be posted on the designated page.
What is a sockpuppet?

This page is for requesting that we investigate whether two or more Wikipedia accounts are being abusively operated by the same person.

Before opening an investigation, you need good reason to suspect sock puppetry.

  1. Evidence is required. When you open the investigation, you must immediately provide evidence that the suspected sock puppets are connected. The evidence will need to include diffs of edits that suggest the accounts are connected. (This requirement is waived if the edits in question are deleted; in this case just provide the names of the pages that the accounts have been editing.)
  2. You must provide this evidence in a clear way. Vaguely worded submissions will not be investigated. You need to actually show why your suspicion that the accounts are connected is reasonable.

Investigations are conducted by a clerk, who will compare the accounts' behaviour and determine whether they are probably connected; this is a behavioural evidence investigation. Upon request, investigations can also be conducted by a CheckUser, who can look at the physical location of the accounts (and other technical data) in order to determine how likely it is they are connected; this is a technical evidence investigation.

Due to Wikipedia's CheckUser policy, CheckUsers will conduct a technical investigation only if clear, behavioural evidence of sock puppetry is also submitted; if you ask for technical evidence to be looked at but do not provide behavioural evidence, the investigation may not be allowed to proceed. Additionally, CheckUsers will not publicly connect an account with an IP address per the privacy policy except in extremely rare circumstances.

How to open an investigation:

To open an investigation (or case), enter the user name (or if there isn't one, IP address) of the oldest-created account (the "sockmaster"), or the previous case name, in the box below, then click "Submit". Note: Do not include "User:" or any other commentary.

For example, if the case name is about User:John Doe or a prior case was at Wikipedia:Sockpuppet investigations/John Doe, you should enter John Doe in the box below.

You will then be taken to another page containing a form you must complete to open the investigation. The process for opening a subsequent investigation on the same user is the same as for creating a new case. Again, do not include "User:" in any of the sock or ip fields.

If you also wish a CheckUser to investigate, change |checkuser=no to |checkuser=yes in the edit box on the next page and explain why you are requesting it.

Note: You can also open an investigation using Twinkle if you are autoconfirmed. After installing Twinkle, an "ARV" option will appear in the "TW" tab on any user, user talk, or user contributions page. Clicking on this option and selecting either "Sockpuppeteer" or "Sockpuppet" will allow you to fill in a few simple fields to file a report. The report will be automatically formatted for you.

If you are an anonymous (IP address) editor, and the case page is protected or does not exist, please click "show" to the right and use the box below

Cases currently listed at SPI

Investigation Status Date filed Last user to edit case timestamp Last clerk/checkuser to edit case timestamp
Bertrand101 CU requested 2019-03-20 09:21 UTC 1997kB 2019-03-23 13:24 UTC 1997kB 2019-03-23 13:24 UTC
Jm sigal CU requested 2019-03-21 07:28 UTC TheSandDoctor 2019-03-22 13:40 UTC Materialscientist 2019-03-21 07:28 UTC
Farooqahmadbhat CU requested 2019-03-23 21:25 UTC 1997kB 2019-03-24 11:36 UTC 1997kB 2019-03-24 11:36 UTC
Slowking4 CU completed 2019-03-18 05:47 UTC Berean Hunter 2019-03-24 18:57 UTC Berean Hunter 2019-03-24 18:57 UTC
AB1234AB123AB12AB1 CU completed 2019-03-20 22:00 UTC Bbb23 2019-03-22 14:02 UTC Bbb23 2019-03-22 14:02 UTC
Tyciol CU completed 2019-03-21 17:50 UTC Bbb23 2019-03-21 18:28 UTC Bbb23 2019-03-21 18:28 UTC
Danieleb82 CU completed 2019-03-23 20:22 UTC Berean Hunter 2019-03-24 16:31 UTC Berean Hunter 2019-03-24 16:31 UTC
Smile Lee Open 2019-03-19 08:10 UTC NinjaRobotPirate 2019-03-20 09:36 UTC NinjaRobotPirate 2019-03-20 09:36 UTC
Abdelkader123456 Open 2019-03-23 01:22 UTC Ad Orientem 2019-03-23 02:18 UTC
BenjaminHomerBoyd Open 2019-03-23 13:25 UTC Samsara 2019-03-23 17:50 UTC Stwalkerster 2019-03-23 13:25 UTC
ChinoXL63 Open 2019-03-23 13:25 UTC Ymblanter 2019-03-24 16:31 UTC Bbb23 2019-03-24 15:47 UTC
MusicLover650 Open 2019-03-23 13:25 UTC Samsara 2019-03-23 17:49 UTC
BookingsEdward Open 2019-03-24 15:47 UTC Ymblanter 2019-03-24 16:31 UTC Bbb23 2019-03-24 15:47 UTC
CAD Red Plaanet Open 2019-03-24 15:47 UTC Ymblanter 2019-03-24 16:30 UTC Bbb23 2019-03-24 15:47 UTC
Nora Lockshin Open 2019-03-24 15:47 UTC Ymblanter 2019-03-24 16:28 UTC Bbb23 2019-03-24 15:47 UTC
Pcsastrys5 Open 2019-03-24 15:47 UTC Ymblanter 2019-03-24 16:30 UTC Bbb23 2019-03-24 15:47 UTC
Stho002 Open 2019-03-24 21:50 UTC Zzuuzz 2019-03-24 21:51 UTC Zzuuzz 2019-03-24 21:51 UTC
Renamed user 49274c4c204245204241434b Open 2019-03-24 22:19 UTC Geo Swan 2019-03-24 22:50 UTC
Scoundr3l Open 2019-03-24 23:18 UTC Sangdeboeuf 2019-03-24 23:36 UTC
Torpilorul Declined 2019-03-02 20:09 UTC Reaper Eternal 2019-03-16 21:16 UTC Sir Sputnik 2019-03-03 04:33 UTC
CyanIsland Declined 2019-03-15 03:23 UTC Sir Sputnik 2019-03-17 21:03 UTC Sir Sputnik 2019-03-17 21:03 UTC
Marjdabi Declined (CU) 2019-02-08 18:51 UTC Fitzcarmalan 2019-02-09 22:24 UTC Bbb23 2019-02-08 23:54 UTC
Mickeltyo Declined (CU) 2019-03-23 19:05 UTC Bbb23 2019-03-23 23:05 UTC Bbb23 2019-03-23 23:05 UTC
SaiLeeKom Awaiting clerk 2018-12-26 11:51 UTC MJL 2019-03-09 21:54 UTC Ivanvector 2019-01-09 16:36 UTC
MTwomey123 Awaiting admin 2019-03-15 11:39 UTC Cabayi 2019-03-20 20:24 UTC Cabayi 2019-03-20 20:24 UTC
Nkeerthana29 Awaiting admin 2019-03-19 15:48 UTC Cabayi 2019-03-20 21:01 UTC Cabayi 2019-03-20 21:01 UTC
Bhanwar singh vaish Awaiting admin 2019-03-22 15:31 UTC Cyphoidbomb 2019-03-24 16:27 UTC 1997kB 2019-03-24 14:12 UTC
Shakira111 Awaiting admin 2019-03-23 07:58 UTC 1997kB 2019-03-24 11:18 UTC 1997kB 2019-03-24 11:18 UTC
Ronan.Kaiser22 On hold (CU) 2019-03-02 12:56 UTC ReaderofthePack 2019-03-13 13:34 UTC Bbb23 2019-03-11 17:18 UTC
Regstuff Closed 2018-11-19 16:43 UTC Cabayi 2019-03-14 09:47 UTC Cabayi 2019-03-14 09:47 UTC
Wikibreaking Closed 2019-01-29 21:51 UTC NinjaRobotPirate 2019-03-13 21:09 UTC NinjaRobotPirate 2019-03-13 21:09 UTC
Harsh7agl Closed 2019-02-07 10:14 UTC Reaper Eternal 2019-03-16 20:50 UTC Ivanvector 2019-03-15 14:19 UTC
Iuscaogdan Closed 2019-02-28 23:08 UTC Cabayi 2019-03-14 11:52 UTC Cabayi 2019-03-14 11:52 UTC
Sharafuhere Closed 2019-03-06 09:10 UTC JJMC89 2019-03-08 06:59 UTC Sir Sputnik 2019-03-08 03:06 UTC
Liborbital Closed 2019-03-08 12:32 UTC Cabayi 2019-03-11 09:24 UTC Cabayi 2019-03-11 09:24 UTC
Никита-Родин-2002 Closed 2019-03-09 23:30 UTC Sro23 2019-03-23 19:43 UTC Sro23 2019-03-23 19:43 UTC
MiG29VN Closed 2019-03-17 15:41 UTC 1997kB 2019-03-21 12:53 UTC 1997kB 2019-03-21 12:53 UTC
MyNameIsASDF Closed 2019-03-18 11:27 UTC Sir Sputnik 2019-03-22 04:03 UTC Sir Sputnik 2019-03-22 04:03 UTC
ESullivan7 Closed 2019-03-19 00:02 UTC Cabayi 2019-03-19 10:40 UTC Cabayi 2019-03-19 10:40 UTC
Jagjeet kaur sandhu Closed 2019-03-19 17:49 UTC NinjaRobotPirate 2019-03-23 06:33 UTC NinjaRobotPirate 2019-03-23 06:33 UTC
Anchan Balti Closed 2019-03-20 10:29 UTC TheSandDoctor 2019-03-22 13:47 UTC Cabayi 2019-03-21 11:51 UTC
Engfahid Closed 2019-03-20 12:18 UTC Bbb23 2019-03-23 17:22 UTC Bbb23 2019-03-23 17:22 UTC
JamesOredan Closed 2019-03-20 17:31 UTC Sir Sputnik 2019-03-21 03:40 UTC Sir Sputnik 2019-03-21 03:40 UTC
Mark Imanuel Granados Closed 2019-03-20 18:25 UTC TheSandDoctor 2019-03-22 13:48 UTC Cabayi 2019-03-20 20:36 UTC
Sedgemont Closed 2019-03-20 22:09 UTC Sir Sputnik 2019-03-21 00:36 UTC Sir Sputnik 2019-03-21 00:36 UTC
ZachFarnum Closed 2019-03-21 00:23 UTC Sir Sputnik 2019-03-21 03:36 UTC Sir Sputnik 2019-03-21 03:36 UTC
JBurger2018 Closed 2019-03-21 01:29 UTC Reaper Eternal 2019-03-24 22:26 UTC Stwalkerster 2019-03-23 01:17 UTC
Truth gatekeeper Closed 2019-03-21 07:24 UTC Doug Weller 2019-03-24 13:43 UTC Doug Weller 2019-03-24 13:43 UTC
Vipinmekkail Closed 2019-03-21 10:20 UTC Cabayi 2019-03-21 10:35 UTC Cabayi 2019-03-21 10:35 UTC
Crazyalien Closed 2019-03-21 17:00 UTC Cabayi 2019-03-22 07:59 UTC Cabayi 2019-03-22 07:59 UTC
Anna Bauer2019 Closed 2019-03-21 19:54 UTC NinjaRobotPirate 2019-03-22 10:04 UTC NinjaRobotPirate 2019-03-22 10:04 UTC
QBWRIST Closed 2019-03-21 20:28 UTC Bbb23 2019-03-21 23:12 UTC Bbb23 2019-03-21 23:12 UTC
ZestyLemonz Closed 2019-03-21 20:58 UTC Lofty abyss 2019-03-24 01:45 UTC Sir Sputnik 2019-03-21 21:02 UTC
Offend Closed 2019-03-21 23:42 UTC Ivanvector 2019-03-22 19:47 UTC Ivanvector 2019-03-22 19:47 UTC
Markdabeast1 Closed 2019-03-22 02:38 UTC NinjaRobotPirate 2019-03-22 09:14 UTC NinjaRobotPirate 2019-03-22 09:14 UTC
Strgzr1 Closed 2019-03-22 03:42 UTC Sir Sputnik 2019-03-22 03:49 UTC Sir Sputnik 2019-03-22 03:49 UTC
IYared Closed 2019-03-22 09:18 UTC TheSandDoctor 2019-03-22 13:51 UTC
Buddhakahika Closed 2019-03-22 09:21 UTC Joshua Jonathan 2019-03-22 21:44 UTC Bbb23 2019-03-22 17:55 UTC
Mujhideen101 Closed 2019-03-22 10:36 UTC Doug Weller 2019-03-22 12:30 UTC Doug Weller 2019-03-22 12:30 UTC
Nadwi Kooriyad Closed 2019-03-22 11:48 UTC Cabayi 2019-03-22 12:56 UTC Cabayi 2019-03-22 12:56 UTC
Bradbm893 Closed 2019-03-23 01:22 UTC DoRD 2019-03-23 12:17 UTC DoRD 2019-03-23 12:17 UTC
Dittoalexia Closed 2019-03-23 02:07 UTC Bbb23 2019-03-23 13:58 UTC Bbb23 2019-03-23 13:58 UTC
Ineedtostopforgetting Closed 2019-03-23 06:59 UTC Cabayi 2019-03-23 09:57 UTC Cabayi 2019-03-23 09:57 UTC
Darrenmong Closed 2019-03-23 07:05 UTC Sir Sputnik 2019-03-24 02:06 UTC Sir Sputnik 2019-03-24 02:06 UTC
Franchise1218 Closed 2019-03-23 08:33 UTC Cabayi 2019-03-23 08:40 UTC Cabayi 2019-03-23 08:40 UTC
Jahmalm Closed 2019-03-23 18:03 UTC Bbb23 2019-03-23 22:58 UTC Bbb23 2019-03-23 22:58 UTC
小林力 Closed 2019-03-23 18:22 UTC TonyBallioni 2019-03-24 04:09 UTC TonyBallioni 2019-03-24 04:09 UTC
The3rdmaster Closed 2019-03-23 20:23 UTC Reaper Eternal 2019-03-23 20:57 UTC
Caitlinhoeing Closed 2019-03-23 22:44 UTC Sir Sputnik 2019-03-24 02:02 UTC Sir Sputnik 2019-03-24 02:02 UTC
StopChangingThisMonkey Closed 2019-03-23 22:55 UTC Sir Sputnik 2019-03-23 22:57 UTC Sir Sputnik 2019-03-23 22:57 UTC
180.245.150.133 Closed 2019-03-24 06:22 UTC Cabayi 2019-03-24 12:38 UTC Cabayi 2019-03-24 12:38 UTC
Banana19208 Closed 2019-03-24 10:36 UTC Cabayi 2019-03-24 13:40 UTC Cabayi 2019-03-24 13:40 UTC
MostlyTexasArticles Closed 2019-03-24 17:46 UTC DoRD 2019-03-24 18:31 UTC DoRD 2019-03-24 18:31 UTC

Quick CheckUser requests

Use this section to request checkuser information relating to a situation that does not involve sock puppetry. You could use this section to request, for example:
  • Underlying IPs of an account, where the autoblock has expired or been ineffective.
  • Collateral damage checks for the informed hardblocking of IPs or ranges.
  • IP block exemption checks before granting IPBE (or to verify it is being used constructively).

For threats of harm (to self or others) you must email emergency@wikimedia.org (see the threats of harm page) and not use this page. Requests to investigate and confirm sockpuppetry should be listed in the sockpuppet section above, and not here (such requests will be summarily removed).

To make a request here, copy the following template and paste it to the end of this section (quick link to edit) – replacing "header" with an informative title, and adding underneath the template any relevant information – then sign using "~~~~", preview, and click "save".

==== HEADER ====
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* {{Checkuser|
username}}

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