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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.

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 Filed at (UTC) Last user edit Last clerk/CU edit
User Time (UTC) User Time (UTC)
Bideliran CU completed 2020-05-18 20:49 Ivanvector 2020-06-22 13:29 Ivanvector 2020-06-22 13:29
Jessechi CU completed 2020-06-17 12:10 Reaper Eternal 2020-06-19 15:33 Reaper Eternal 2020-06-19 15:33
Sq178pv CU completed 2020-06-18 18:19 LSGH 2020-06-27 15:32 Berean Hunter 2020-06-21 18:14
Finrell ausi CU completed 2020-06-22 00:40 TheSandDoctor 2020-06-28 19:04 TheSandDoctor 2020-06-28 19:04
Wiki2008time CU completed 2020-06-22 16:12 Bradv 2020-06-24 21:09 Bradv 2020-06-24 21:09
Khadim ahlesunnah waljamaah CU completed 2020-06-22 20:45 Toddy1 2020-06-24 11:50 AmandaNP 2020-06-23 07:17
Balusingh12 CU completed 2020-06-25 14:30 Ivanvector 2020-06-29 15:01 Ivanvector 2020-06-29 15:01
Middayexpress CU completed 2020-07-01 22:10 Lad gudu 2020-07-03 18:29 Mz7 2020-07-02 20:49
Darryl.jensen CU completed 2020-07-02 23:21 Aquillion 2020-07-09 00:10 Ivanvector 2020-07-08 20:12
ECLamb CU completed 2020-07-07 17:39 Callanecc 2020-07-13 06:00 Callanecc 2020-07-13 06:00
Potatotic CU completed 2020-07-09 13:11 GSS 2020-07-09 18:27 Ivanvector 2020-07-09 18:05
Cadeken CU completed 2020-07-11 03:17 Callanecc 2020-07-12 05:03 Callanecc 2020-07-12 05:03
Winkelvi CU completed 2020-07-12 15:20 Calidum 2020-07-13 02:24 TonyBallioni 2020-07-12 23:37
Tirgil34 Open 2020-06-17 05:29 Krakkos 2020-07-11 18:02 TheSandDoctor 2020-06-30 05:58
Henryhe43 Open 2020-06-18 08:08 TheSandDoctor 2020-07-11 18:38 TheSandDoctor 2020-07-11 18:38
Henrymancini333 Open 2020-06-19 16:37 2600:1012:B056:F3D2:404A:AE09:AF2F:8B4A 2020-07-13 03:10 L235 2020-06-22 01:22
Realyaru Open 2020-06-24 09:44 Amkgp 2020-06-27 15:38 RoySmith 2020-06-25 14:45
Hopeful2014 Open 2020-06-27 15:04 Lord Belbury 2020-07-01 17:12 TheSandDoctor 2020-07-01 04:44
Qais13 Open 2020-06-29 23:17 RoySmith 2020-07-06 23:39 RoySmith 2020-07-06 23:39
Vice regent Open 2020-07-01 21:58 Mcphurphy 2020-07-12 00:41
Bolanigak Open 2020-07-02 12:23 Mcphurphy 2020-07-03 11:19 RoySmith 2020-07-02 12:43
Jacktinkonea Open 2020-07-06 13:12 JesseRafe 2020-07-09 12:50
Klbogart55 Open 2020-07-08 02:33 Zzyzx11 2020-07-08 12:47
Falconfly Open 2020-07-09 14:55 Ivanvector 2020-07-11 18:38 Ivanvector 2020-07-11 18:38
Davos11 Open 2020-07-09 18:27 TheseusHeLl 2020-07-09 18:27
Mochikoka Open 2020-07-10 12:24 KREOH 2020-07-10 12:24
Tobias Conradi Open 2020-07-11 00:58 Drmies 2020-07-11 00:58 Drmies 2020-07-11 00:58
Daveydolphin Open 2020-07-11 10:36 Praxidicae 2020-07-11 10:36 Praxidicae 2020-07-11 10:36
Theo Marquez Open 2020-07-11 11:15 Praxidicae 2020-07-11 11:15 Praxidicae 2020-07-11 11:15
Kabylewarrior15 Open 2020-07-11 18:27 TheseusHeLl 2020-07-11 18:27
Henrygayle2000 Open 2020-07-11 20:50 Dee03 2020-07-11 20:50
Alok433 Open 2020-07-12 07:59 MER-C 2020-07-12 09:39 Dreamy Jazz 2020-07-12 09:33
Chintu6 Open 2020-07-12 08:14 HyperGaruda 2020-07-12 08:14
Pankajsingh0011 Open 2020-07-12 13:47 IamNotU 2020-07-12 13:47
शिव साहिल Open 2020-07-12 14:14 Empire AS 2020-07-12 14:26
DavideVeloria88 Open 2020-07-12 20:24 RoySmith 2020-07-12 20:51 RoySmith 2020-07-12 20:51
DusanSilniVujovic Open 2020-07-12 21:52 Pelmeen10 2020-07-12 21:52
CodeSlashh Open 2020-07-12 23:47 JustBeCool 2020-07-12 23:47
FFS19 Open 2020-07-12 23:59 S0091 2020-07-12 23:59
Iss246 Open 2020-07-13 06:08 Dreamy Jazz 2020-07-13 09:26 Dreamy Jazz 2020-07-13 09:26
Abhishek shannu Open 2020-07-13 06:30 GSS 2020-07-13 06:30
103.119.254.26 Open 2020-07-13 09:54 Jack Frost 2020-07-13 09:55
Chowkatsun9 More info req. 2020-06-07 15:29 ST47 2020-06-27 10:33 ST47 2020-06-27 10:33
Shuppiluliuma More info req. 2020-07-10 14:27 Khirurg 2020-07-12 15:10 GeneralNotability 2020-07-12 13:22
Vivek.k.Verma More info req. 2020-07-10 14:59 Callanecc 2020-07-12 04:49 Callanecc 2020-07-12 04:49
MathKeduor7 More info req. 2020-07-13 03:44 Serial Number 54129 2020-07-13 06:54 Callanecc 2020-07-13 05:02
Thepharoah17 More info req. (CU) 2020-06-21 03:58 Shadow4dark 2020-07-11 15:58 RoySmith 2020-07-08 11:04
Truebluetwisp More info req. (CU) 2020-06-29 00:04 Jack Frost 2020-07-04 06:54 AmandaNP 2020-07-01 18:07
Belmop More info req. (CU) 2020-07-10 23:44 Sam.w.90 2020-07-12 11:52 Ivanvector 2020-07-11 17:57
Tbiw Declined (CU) 2020-07-10 12:37 Tbiw 2020-07-12 11:58 TonyBallioni 2020-07-11 20:21
Latha bsf Awaiting clerk 2020-07-04 18:18 Oshwah 2020-07-12 05:33 Oshwah 2020-07-12 05:33
Abhishek4889 Closed 2020-06-19 04:36 TheSandDoctor 2020-07-09 03:02 TheSandDoctor 2020-07-09 03:02
HPFanSF Closed 2020-06-21 15:00 Cabayi 2020-07-13 06:06 Cabayi 2020-07-13 06:06
EditorF Closed 2020-07-12 22:05 Callanecc 2020-07-13 06:40 Callanecc 2020-07-13 06:40

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}}

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