Template:Sockpuppet

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

  • You think the account is a sock, but aren't sure and you haven't blocked it: {{Sockpuppet|MASTER}}
  • Sock has been blocked based on edits: {{Sockpuppet|MASTER|blocked}}
  • Sock has been blocked based on CheckUser evidence: {{Sockpuppet|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

Code Use Displays
{{sockpuppet}}

{{sockpuppet|suspected}} {{sockpuppet|spi}}

Account is not yet blocked but is under investigation.
{{sockpuppet|blocked}} The account has been blocked based on WP:DUCK or behavioural evidence combined a with a possible or likely CU result (but it isn't certain).
{{sockpuppet|proven}} Behaviour is beyond a reasonable doubt (e.g., an admission) but there is no CU  Confirmed result (CU may have given another result).
{{sockpuppet|confirmed}}

{{sockpuppet|cuconfirmed}}
{{sockpuppet|nbconfirmed}}

A CU has  Confirmed that the accounts are related.
{{sockpuppet|confirmed|locked=yes}} Account has been confirmed by a CU, locally blocked indef and globally locked.
{{sockpuppet|cuconfirmed|notblocked=yes}} A CheckUser has confirmed that the account is a sock (as above) but has not been blocked. This works with all parameters.

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
  • cuconfirmed
  • nbconfirmed
  • spi, suspected and default (nothing specified) - these are equivalent, and can be used if the user is still under investigation or 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) or behavioural evidence combined with a non-conclusive CU result (such as  Possible).
  • proven - Behaviour is beyond reasonable doubt but there is no CU  Confirmed result (CU may have given a different result).
  • confirmed, cuconfirmed and nbconfirmed - A CU has  Confirmed that the accounts are related.
  • 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.
  • |spipage=
Subpage name (just the master) of the SPI if not the same as the master This field can be used to specify a different SPI page if the page is not named for the master in parameter 2.
  • |locked=
  • yes
Use |locked=yes if the account is globally locked.
  • |notblocked=
  • yes
This parameter can be used to remove the note about the account being blocked, such as when a version other than the default applies. Such as if an account is confirmed by a CheckUser but is left unblocked. This parameter works with all parameters.
  • |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):

TemplateData

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

Sockpuppet

This template is placed on the user pages of accounts which are sockpuppets, usually by patrolling administrators at SPI.

Template parameters
Parameter Description Type Default Auto value Status
Master's username 1 Username of the sockpuppeteer wiki-user-name empty empty required
Status 2 The status of the account. Set to "spi" or "suspected" if the user is not yet blocked or confirmed by a checkuser but is under investigation. Set to "blocked" if the user has been blocked on behavioral evidence (checkuser not used). Set to "proven" if the user is a sock beyond reasonable doubt. Set to "confirmed" "cuconfirmed" or "nbconfirmed" if the account has been confirmed by a checkuser. If defined, defaults to the 'not yet blocked or confirmed by a checkuser but is under investigation'. string empty empty suggested
Evidence 3evidence Use this parameter to specify evidence different from the normal link to the case page content empty empty optional
Block length (if not indefinite) length The length of time the user has been blocked for. Defaults to indefinite. string empty empty optional
Block override notblocked Set to no if the account has not been blocked and the status template is not the default line empty empty optional
Globally locked? locked Set to "yes" if the account has been globally locked line empty empty optional
Subpage name of SPI spipage Define if the SPI has a different name to the master string empty 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. unknown empty empty optional
Remove categories nocat Defining this parameter will remove the categories line empty empty optional
_empty_ _empty_ no description unknown empty empty optional

See also