Template:Sockpuppet

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  {{Sockpuppet  &  sockmaster  &  blank/blocked/confirmed }}

  • You think the account is a sock, but aren't sure and you haven't blocked it: {{Sock|MASTER}}
  • Sock has been blocked based on edits: {{Sock|MASTER|blocked}}
  • Sock has been blocked based on CheckUser evidence: {{Sock|MASTER|confirmed}}.
To append links, evidence, or a brief note, use |3=. Useful for adding a diff to a checkuser's talk page, if the check was not conducted at SPI. If explaining behavioural evidence, be mindful of WP:BEANS.

For sockmasters, use {{Sockpuppeteer}}.

Usage

Usage Code Output
Not blocked {{sockpuppet|username}}
Blocked (suspected) {{sockpuppet|username|blocked}}
Blocked (proven) {{sockpuppet|username|confirmed}}
Locked globally (suspected) {{sockpuppet|username|blocked| locked=yes}}
Locked globally (proven) {{sockpuppet|username|confirmed| locked=yes}}

The template adds the __NOINDEX__ magic word.

Parameters

The first parameter in this table is required and the template will fail without it. All the other parameters are optional.

Parameter(s) Values Notes
  • First positional parameter (optionally |1=)
Username of the sockmaster or suspected sockmaster Just include the name, no "User:" or square brackets.
  • Second positional parameter (optionally |2=)
  • spi
  • suspected
  • blocked
  • proven
  • confirmed
  • nbconfirmed
  • spi and suspected - these are equivalent, and can be used if the user has not yet been blocked or confirmed by checkuser.
  • blocked - this is used for sockpuppets that have been blocked on behavioural evidence (the duck test).
  • proven and confirmed - these are used when the sockpuppet has been confirmed by checkuser.
  • nbconfirmed - this is also for when the sockpuppet has been confirmed by checkuser, but mentions the Checkuser specifically ("A Checkuser has shown that this account is a sockpuppet of X" versus "This account is a sockpuppet of X").
  • If no second parameter is specified, the template outputs a generic message: "An editor has expressed a concern that this account may be a sockpuppet of X".
  • Third positional parameter (optionally |3=)
  • |evidence=
Evidence of sockpuppetry This field can be used to link to the evidence of sockpuppetry, or to give a very brief summary (a couple of words). If this parameter is left blank and the sockpuppet investigation case page is a blue link, then a link to the case page is provided automatically.
  • |locked=
  • yes
Use |locked=yes if the account is globally locked.
  • |length=
Length of time the sockpuppet or suspected sockpuppet was blocked Use this field if the sockpuppet or suspected sockpuppet was blocked for a specific length of time. This parameter defaults to "indefinitely". This parameter is ignored, and does not default to indefinitely, if nbconfirmed is used.
  • |cat=
  • |category=
Custom category name for the sockpuppet or suspected sockpuppet This parameter defaults to the category "Wikipedia sockpuppets of X" if the second positional parameter is set to "confirmed", and "Suspected Wikipedia sockpuppets of X" if the second positional parameter is set to anything else. Here, "X" is the username specified in the first positional parameter.

Categories

This template adds pages to one of (as appropriate):

Template data

This is the TemplateData documentation for this template used by VisualEditor and other tools.

Sockpuppet

This template is used to mark users that are (suspected) sockpuppets.

Template parameters
Parameter Description Type Default Status
Sockmaster 1 The user name of the (suspected) sockmaster, without "User:" or linking. string empty required
Status 2 The status of the account. Set to "spi" or "suspected" if the user has not yet been blocked or confirmed by checkuser. Set to "blocked" if the user has been blocked on behavioral evidence (checkuser not used). Set to "proven" or "confirmed" if the user is a confirmed sockpuppet (using checkuser). Set to "nbconfirmed" if you want a mention of checkuser in the template and it has been confirmed. If unused, defaults to a generic message. string empty optional
Evidence 3evidence A link to or short description of the evidence of sockpuppetry. Defaults to a link to the case page. string empty optional
Globally locked? locked Set to "yes" if the account has been globally locked. string empty optional
Block length length The length of time the user has been blocked for. Defaults to indefinite. string empty optional
Custom category categorycat Adds the user to a custom category. Defaults to "Suspected Wikipedia sockpuppets of [sockmaster]" or "Wikipedia sockpuppets of [sockmaster]" based on the "Status" parameter. string empty optional

See also