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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 articles that both 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
Cartertpenny CU requested 2017-07-22 22:40 UTC JJMC89 2017-07-22 22:40 UTC
Krawtani2600 CU completed 2017-06-22 18:13 UTC GeneralizationsAreBad 2017-07-07 14:51 UTC GeneralizationsAreBad 2017-07-07 14:51 UTC
Leeer333 CU completed 2017-07-10 17:33 UTC Jytdog 2017-07-10 18:36 UTC Bbb23 2017-07-10 18:34 UTC
Waffen77 CU completed 2017-07-12 03:45 UTC Bbb23 2017-07-12 13:00 UTC Bbb23 2017-07-12 13:00 UTC
Windwillows CU completed 2017-07-12 14:11 UTC KrakatoaKatie 2017-07-12 20:10 UTC KrakatoaKatie 2017-07-12 20:10 UTC
Amirshahat CU completed 2017-07-14 15:23 UTC GeneralizationsAreBad 2017-07-22 19:50 UTC GeneralizationsAreBad 2017-07-22 19:50 UTC
MohammadImmam CU completed 2017-07-15 06:07 UTC GSS-1987 2017-07-21 07:36 UTC KrakatoaKatie 2017-07-15 13:30 UTC
Susana Hodge CU completed 2017-07-18 13:21 UTC KrakatoaKatie 2017-07-20 18:19 UTC KrakatoaKatie 2017-07-20 18:19 UTC
Bowielowie CU completed 2017-07-20 15:11 UTC Jd22292 2017-07-23 01:28 UTC Bbb23 2017-07-21 14:33 UTC
Perfect Orange Sphere CU completed 2017-07-21 02:33 UTC Bbb23 2017-07-21 14:09 UTC Bbb23 2017-07-21 14:09 UTC
Yakag CU completed 2017-07-21 15:32 UTC DoRD 2017-07-22 20:21 UTC DoRD 2017-07-22 20:21 UTC
Bobsimon232422 CU completed 2017-07-21 15:45 UTC DoRD 2017-07-21 18:30 UTC DoRD 2017-07-21 18:30 UTC
Lipgon CU completed 2017-07-22 12:19 UTC Sro23 2017-07-22 17:49 UTC Sro23 2017-07-22 17:49 UTC
Highstakes00 CU completed 2017-07-22 15:39 UTC Bbb23 2017-07-22 21:49 UTC Bbb23 2017-07-22 21:49 UTC
Opi9516 Open 2017-07-10 17:42 UTC Jd22292 2017-07-16 19:27 UTC
Staafros1 Open 2017-07-11 15:01 UTC Sir Sputnik 2017-07-13 16:27 UTC
WCVB98swell Open 2017-07-12 22:55 UTC Ibadibam 2017-07-13 18:12 UTC
Reid62 Open 2017-07-19 03:50 UTC Jd22292 2017-07-21 02:39 UTC Salvidrim! 2017-07-19 03:52 UTC
I B Wright Open 2017-07-19 06:52 UTC Morphenniel 2017-07-22 17:05 UTC Bbb23 2017-07-19 13:06 UTC
Barryispuzzled Open 2017-07-21 00:35 UTC Drmies 2017-07-22 21:24 UTC Drmies 2017-07-22 21:24 UTC
AffeL Open 2017-07-21 03:30 UTC Curly Turkey 2017-07-21 03:49 UTC
ProudIndian007 Open 2017-07-21 03:40 UTC Capitals00 2017-07-21 03:40 UTC
Enritesh Open 2017-07-21 05:34 UTC Jd22292 2017-07-22 04:18 UTC
Daniel Kobe Ricks Jr Open 2017-07-22 09:17 UTC 211.100.57.166 2017-07-22 09:16 UTC
Lowlihao Open 2017-07-22 21:27 UTC GeneralizationsAreBad 2017-07-22 21:29 UTC GeneralizationsAreBad 2017-07-22 21:29 UTC
Graciekwillie Open 2017-07-23 04:31 UTC Bri 2017-07-23 04:31 UTC
WordSeventeen More info req. (CU) 2017-06-18 02:30 UTC Bri 2017-07-23 05:03 UTC Salvidrim! 2017-07-20 06:39 UTC
Quadrow More info req. (CU) 2017-07-02 00:05 UTC CFCF 2017-07-07 09:29 UTC Callanecc 2017-07-02 07:36 UTC
Meowy Declined (CU) 2017-05-17 18:56 UTC Drmies 2017-06-25 01:47 UTC Drmies 2017-06-25 01:47 UTC
Xtremedood Declined (CU) 2017-05-27 10:46 UTC Capitals00 2017-07-04 11:28 UTC Bbb23 2017-05-27 13:07 UTC
JD2726 Declined (CU) 2017-06-15 02:17 UTC Bbb23 2017-07-12 13:06 UTC Bbb23 2017-07-12 13:06 UTC
Psychicbias Declined (CU) 2017-06-22 16:45 UTC DoRD 2017-07-20 11:04 UTC DoRD 2017-07-20 11:04 UTC
Yalladar Declined (CU) 2017-07-16 05:03 UTC Hishamhmk 2017-07-19 14:17 UTC Bbb23 2017-07-16 14:46 UTC
Justice007 Declined (CU) 2017-07-21 08:01 UTC Bbb23 2017-07-21 15:49 UTC Bbb23 2017-07-21 15:49 UTC
Bimbetto On hold 2017-07-21 05:50 UTC Vituzzu 2017-07-22 10:54 UTC Berean Hunter 2017-07-21 21:40 UTC
TheGracefulSlick On hold (CU) 2017-06-22 11:30 UTC Berean Hunter 2017-07-16 14:45 UTC Berean Hunter 2017-07-16 14:45 UTC
Lkr3515 Closed 2017-06-24 04:00 UTC Jytdog 2017-07-20 13:19 UTC Bbb23 2017-07-20 12:44 UTC
Orchomen Closed 2017-07-20 11:15 UTC BU Rob13 2017-07-23 03:30 UTC KrakatoaKatie 2017-07-23 02:52 UTC
Dereks1x Closed 2017-07-20 12:28 UTC Vanjagenije 2017-07-21 08:31 UTC Vanjagenije 2017-07-21 08:31 UTC
OfficialPankajPatidar Closed 2017-07-21 06:25 UTC GeneralizationsAreBad 2017-07-22 19:56 UTC GeneralizationsAreBad 2017-07-22 19:56 UTC
Washim Rahman Closed 2017-07-21 06:28 UTC Berean Hunter 2017-07-21 21:36 UTC Berean Hunter 2017-07-21 21:36 UTC
Modernluxurysd Closed 2017-07-21 06:35 UTC Vanjagenije 2017-07-21 09:11 UTC Vanjagenije 2017-07-21 09:11 UTC
Chusjung9 Closed 2017-07-21 11:25 UTC GeneralizationsAreBad 2017-07-21 15:19 UTC GeneralizationsAreBad 2017-07-21 15:19 UTC
Arjayay Closed 2017-07-21 13:22 UTC Bbb23 2017-07-22 00:42 UTC Bbb23 2017-07-22 00:42 UTC
Landtank Closed 2017-07-21 13:22 UTC Oshwah 2017-07-21 18:10 UTC GeneralizationsAreBad 2017-07-21 15:16 UTC
Hussein Sonic Closed 2017-07-21 14:35 UTC Berean Hunter 2017-07-21 22:30 UTC Berean Hunter 2017-07-21 22:30 UTC
TillyMullaly5 Closed 2017-07-21 15:04 UTC Berean Hunter 2017-07-21 21:07 UTC Berean Hunter 2017-07-21 21:07 UTC
Faizan Closed 2017-07-21 16:52 UTC MBlaze Lightning 2017-07-22 05:26 UTC Bbb23 2017-07-21 18:03 UTC
Fouadadanmp3 Closed 2017-07-21 18:34 UTC GeneralizationsAreBad 2017-07-22 19:45 UTC GeneralizationsAreBad 2017-07-22 19:45 UTC
Luxembompamu Closed 2017-07-21 20:03 UTC Bbb23 2017-07-22 11:19 UTC Bbb23 2017-07-22 11:19 UTC
The fashionable baby Closed 2017-07-21 20:07 UTC NinjaRobotPirate 2017-07-22 09:57 UTC
SunRa51 Closed 2017-07-21 21:14 UTC Snow Rise 2017-07-22 21:13 UTC GeneralizationsAreBad 2017-07-22 20:41 UTC
Cocainaenvenenada Closed 2017-07-21 21:43 UTC GeneralizationsAreBad 2017-07-22 19:56 UTC GeneralizationsAreBad 2017-07-22 19:56 UTC
Kido56 Closed 2017-07-22 00:21 UTC GeneralizationsAreBad 2017-07-22 20:01 UTC GeneralizationsAreBad 2017-07-22 20:01 UTC
Newport enterprises Closed 2017-07-22 00:22 UTC Bbb23 2017-07-22 11:03 UTC Bbb23 2017-07-22 11:03 UTC
Eh Doh Closed 2017-07-22 04:53 UTC GeneralizationsAreBad 2017-07-22 20:34 UTC GeneralizationsAreBad 2017-07-22 20:34 UTC
Mujhideen101 Closed 2017-07-22 11:34 UTC GeneralizationsAreBad 2017-07-22 21:19 UTC GeneralizationsAreBad 2017-07-22 21:19 UTC
MariaJaydHicky Closed 2017-07-22 14:24 UTC GeneralizationsAreBad 2017-07-22 21:47 UTC GeneralizationsAreBad 2017-07-22 21:47 UTC
Kerry Pentlow Closed 2017-07-22 21:42 UTC SummerPhDv2.0 2017-07-22 23:09 UTC GeneralizationsAreBad 2017-07-22 22:04 UTC
Rowingasia Closed 2017-07-22 21:53 UTC GeneralizationsAreBad 2017-07-22 22:23 UTC GeneralizationsAreBad 2017-07-22 22:23 UTC
Mandyadashiradisaibaba Closed 2017-07-22 23:46 UTC Bbb23 2017-07-23 00:35 UTC Bbb23 2017-07-23 00:35 UTC
Azmirfejzic18 Closed 2017-07-23 03:45 UTC Mz7 2017-07-23 04:28 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}}

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