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Wikipedia:Sockpuppet investigations

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.

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
Matthewkchopin Endorsed 2018-02-21 00:29 UTC Sir Sputnik 2018-02-21 06:05 UTC Sir Sputnik 2018-02-21 06:05 UTC
CU needed: User talk:Gregorybarry Quick check 2018-02-21 04:04 UTC
Colman2000 CU requested 2018-02-21 06:15 UTC John from Idegon 2018-02-21 06:15 UTC
Bertrand101 CU requested 2018-02-21 06:59 UTC 41.36.212.220 2018-02-21 09:00 UTC
Pleaschamp CU completed 2017-08-31 19:34 UTC Bbb23 2017-12-02 23:03 UTC Bbb23 2017-12-02 23:03 UTC
Amitbhb12 CU completed 2017-12-17 16:50 UTC Ben MacDui 2018-02-11 17:50 UTC Bbb23 2017-12-17 20:20 UTC
Philthy D CU completed 2018-01-14 15:18 UTC O1lI0 2018-02-03 03:26 UTC DoRD 2018-01-23 23:09 UTC
JessikaRita CU completed 2018-01-25 17:52 UTC Bbb23 2018-01-25 22:22 UTC Bbb23 2018-01-25 22:22 UTC
MusicLover650 CU completed 2018-01-27 18:53 UTC Bbb23 2018-01-27 20:03 UTC Bbb23 2018-01-27 20:03 UTC
ProCheater1780 CU completed 2018-02-12 07:17 UTC Begoon 2018-02-19 22:01 UTC Deskana 2018-02-12 10:53 UTC
Geekyhistorian CU completed 2018-02-13 06:48 UTC Bbb23 2018-02-14 23:57 UTC Bbb23 2018-02-14 23:57 UTC
Matrix 2 CU completed 2018-02-14 22:48 UTC GeneralizationsAreBad 2018-02-20 02:56 UTC GeneralizationsAreBad 2018-02-20 02:56 UTC
Wise.wiki CU completed 2018-02-15 08:09 UTC Bbb23 2018-02-16 16:16 UTC Bbb23 2018-02-16 16:16 UTC
MiPolitico CU completed 2018-02-16 03:39 UTC Peanuts and Coffee 2018-02-17 04:03 UTC Bbb23 2018-02-16 14:36 UTC
Stumink CU completed 2018-02-17 14:40 UTC Deskana 2018-02-18 23:06 UTC Deskana 2018-02-18 23:06 UTC
Jamesreadings CU completed 2018-02-19 04:30 UTC There'sNoTime 2018-02-20 19:49 UTC There'sNoTime 2018-02-20 19:49 UTC
Pilot375 Open 2018-01-28 17:22 UTC Ben MacDui 2018-02-19 20:55 UTC
Duan05 Open 2018-02-04 05:25 UTC WayKurat 2018-02-17 03:59 UTC
Saroj Naagar Open 2018-02-10 15:52 UTC Randykitty 2018-02-14 14:24 UTC
Vujkovica brdo Open 2018-02-10 17:51 UTC Ben MacDui 2018-02-17 15:12 UTC
Valerius Tygart Open 2018-02-11 00:59 UTC Bbb23 2018-02-17 22:06 UTC Bbb23 2018-02-17 22:06 UTC
TheCorageone1 Open 2018-02-15 04:10 UTC LM2000 2018-02-15 04:20 UTC
Balargniyd Open 2018-02-15 17:47 UTC Cabayi 2018-02-15 17:47 UTC
INDICATOR2018 Open 2018-02-16 10:29 UTC INDICATOR2018 2018-02-17 00:12 UTC
Eppelsheimer Open 2018-02-17 03:54 UTC Citationsaurus 2018-02-17 15:59 UTC
Sonic N800 Open 2018-02-18 00:08 UTC Champion 2018-02-18 00:08 UTC
Hoggardhigh Open 2018-02-18 07:09 UTC Ebyabe 2018-02-18 19:59 UTC
HankMoodyTZ Open 2018-02-18 14:15 UTC Oleola 2018-02-19 15:41 UTC
Anonymous5050 Open 2018-02-18 18:18 UTC Bbb23 2018-02-18 20:58 UTC Bbb23 2018-02-18 20:58 UTC
Middayexpress Open 2018-02-18 20:08 UTC Kzl55 2018-02-19 18:41 UTC
Max4142 Open 2018-02-18 23:12 UTC Sir Sputnik 2018-02-19 01:23 UTC Sir Sputnik 2018-02-19 01:23 UTC
Sebanfernu Open 2018-02-19 17:21 UTC GSS-1987 2018-02-19 17:21 UTC
Bigshowandkane64 Open 2018-02-19 20:47 UTC Ebyabe 2018-02-21 00:51 UTC Vanjagenije 2018-02-20 18:19 UTC
VintageVHSTreasures Open 2018-02-20 04:17 UTC SummerPhDv2.0 2018-02-21 03:06 UTC
Ezidishingali Open 2018-02-20 16:16 UTC Chrissymad 2018-02-20 16:16 UTC
CanterburyUK Open 2018-02-20 18:55 UTC Dtellett 2018-02-20 21:46 UTC Bbb23 2018-02-20 19:28 UTC
Shiwam Kumar Sriwastaw Open 2018-02-20 22:02 UTC SA 13 Bro 2018-02-21 00:34 UTC GeneralizationsAreBad 2018-02-20 22:09 UTC
ApostleVonColorado Open 2018-02-21 08:59 UTC Lorstaking 2018-02-21 09:13 UTC
Cquinn Declined 2018-02-08 21:09 UTC Spelf 2018-02-14 20:40 UTC Sir Sputnik 2018-02-12 23:19 UTC
Ptcloof khan Declined (CU) 2017-12-19 17:59 UTC Saqib 2018-02-04 14:30 UTC There'sNoTime 2018-02-04 11:12 UTC
Arabhorseguy Awaiting clerk 2018-02-21 08:38 UTC Vanjagenije 2018-02-21 08:39 UTC Vanjagenije 2018-02-21 08:39 UTC
Jaouanebrahim Awaiting admin 2018-02-20 18:37 UTC Sir Sputnik 2018-02-20 18:51 UTC Sir Sputnik 2018-02-20 18:51 UTC
Hellosmarty Awaiting admin 2018-02-20 19:56 UTC Sir Sputnik 2018-02-20 20:48 UTC Sir Sputnik 2018-02-20 20:48 UTC
Jack Coppit On hold (CU) 2018-02-17 14:28 UTC NeilN 2018-02-18 16:20 UTC Bbb23 2018-02-17 14:34 UTC
Mollydesmond Closed 2018-01-25 16:32 UTC Ivanvector 2018-02-15 16:34 UTC Ivanvector 2018-02-15 16:34 UTC
Arcarius Closed 2018-02-08 09:43 UTC GeneralizationsAreBad 2018-02-20 02:41 UTC GeneralizationsAreBad 2018-02-20 02:41 UTC
MWahaiibii Closed 2018-02-13 08:42 UTC Sir Sputnik 2018-02-13 17:40 UTC Sir Sputnik 2018-02-13 17:40 UTC
Qwertywander Closed 2018-02-13 13:14 UTC JzG 2018-02-13 19:11 UTC Ivanvector 2018-02-13 18:56 UTC
Apokyrltaros Closed 2018-02-14 02:35 UTC KrakatoaKatie 2018-02-14 02:52 UTC KrakatoaKatie 2018-02-14 02:52 UTC
UnderArmourKid Closed 2018-02-16 03:34 UTC GeneralizationsAreBad 2018-02-20 21:57 UTC GeneralizationsAreBad 2018-02-20 21:57 UTC
Tanjayjun Closed 2018-02-17 06:40 UTC Vanjagenije 2018-02-20 18:06 UTC Vanjagenije 2018-02-20 18:06 UTC
Krajoyn Closed 2018-02-17 17:09 UTC Bbb23 2018-02-19 18:57 UTC Bbb23 2018-02-19 18:57 UTC
Jhonh3360 Closed 2018-02-18 09:44 UTC Bbb23 2018-02-18 14:47 UTC Bbb23 2018-02-18 14:47 UTC
NORTHCLICK Closed 2018-02-19 13:50 UTC Vanjagenije 2018-02-20 18:08 UTC Vanjagenije 2018-02-20 18:08 UTC
MediaTribe Closed 2018-02-20 13:53 UTC Vanjagenije 2018-02-20 23:13 UTC Vanjagenije 2018-02-20 23:13 UTC
Rednova-india Closed 2018-02-20 14:19 UTC Vanjagenije 2018-02-20 18:16 UTC Vanjagenije 2018-02-20 18:16 UTC
VJ-Yugo Closed 2018-02-20 17:47 UTC Vanjagenije 2018-02-20 19:18 UTC Vanjagenije 2018-02-20 19:18 UTC
Cibbba Closed 2018-02-20 22:00 UTC GeneralizationsAreBad 2018-02-20 22:01 UTC GeneralizationsAreBad 2018-02-20 22:01 UTC
Tamara787 Closed 2018-02-21 08:27 UTC Vanjagenije 2018-02-21 08:28 UTC Vanjagenije 2018-02-21 08:28 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 ====
{{SPIquick}}
* {{Checkuser|
username}}

IP check

Symbol comment vote.svg This case has been marked as closed.

Long-term editing war in A(28 October 2017‎ ) and B(12 November 2017‎ ).The IP range is too large, so only lists the IPs that may register multiple accounts.O1lI0 (talk) 14:41, 20 February 2018 (UTC)

@O1lI0: What exactly are you requesting Checkusers to do? Vanjagenije (talk) 18:12, 20 February 2018 (UTC)
 CheckUser declined - We're not going to to fishing with the CU tool over a couple of months-old edit wars. ​—DoRD (talk)​ 22:07, 20 February 2018 (UTC)

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