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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.
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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 an administrator, 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 only conduct a technical investigation 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 will 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.

Cases currently listed at SPI

Investigation Status Date filed Last user to edit case timestamp Last clerk/checkuser to edit case timestamp
BJSelavka Endorsed 2015-03-25 02:22 UTC Vanjagenije 2015-03-27 15:36 UTC Vanjagenije 2015-03-27 15:36 UTC
Safwwefe Endorsed 2015-03-26 22:32 UTC Vanjagenije 2015-03-27 15:34 UTC Vanjagenije 2015-03-27 15:34 UTC
James buddrige Endorsed 2015-03-27 22:25 UTC Wgolf 2015-03-27 22:28 UTC Vanjagenije 2015-03-27 22:27 UTC
Vamsiraj CU requested 2015-03-20 04:08 UTC Ponyo 2015-03-27 20:58 UTC Ponyo 2015-03-27 20:58 UTC
Natly 88 CU requested 2015-03-27 00:35 UTC Aldnonymous 2015-03-27 18:54 UTC
AAGT 15 CU requested 2015-03-27 19:56 UTC Jean70000 2015-03-27 19:56 UTC
Pjstar35 CU completed 2015-03-19 00:11 UTC Ian.thomson 2015-03-19 00:11 UTC
Nikbert16 CU completed 2015-03-19 00:11 UTC Ian.thomson 2015-03-19 00:11 UTC
TimeQueen32 CU completed 2015-03-19 00:11 UTC NativeForeigner 2015-03-20 09:42 UTC NativeForeigner 2015-03-20 09:42 UTC
CrazyAces489 CU completed 2015-03-22 18:21 UTC Ponyo 2015-03-24 23:13 UTC Ponyo 2015-03-24 23:13 UTC
Zoidberg262 Open 2015-02-20 21:48 UTC Zoidberg262 2015-03-26 23:45 UTC Vanjagenije 2015-02-28 18:37 UTC
PRehse Open 2015-03-11 05:00 UTC Vanjagenije 2015-03-24 08:07 UTC Vanjagenije 2015-03-24 08:07 UTC
Madere Open 2015-03-14 05:46 UTC Vanjagenije 2015-03-15 22:45 UTC Vanjagenije 2015-03-15 22:45 UTC
Sju hav Open 2015-03-18 14:56 UTC 4ing 2015-03-24 15:03 UTC Risker 2015-03-24 01:34 UTC
Rerip Open 2015-03-19 20:41 UTC Doc James 2015-03-25 04:04 UTC Vanjagenije 2015-03-20 22:47 UTC
Darreg Open 2015-03-20 02:46 UTC Stalwart111 2015-03-20 12:26 UTC
Wiki.damsel Open 2015-03-20 11:28 UTC Wiki.damsel 2015-03-20 14:15 UTC
Srahmadi Open 2015-03-20 14:05 UTC GabrielF 2015-03-20 14:05 UTC
101.191.105.254 Open 2015-03-20 19:11 UTC ToonLucas22 2015-03-22 19:51 UTC Mike V 2015-03-22 03:06 UTC
JamesB17 Open 2015-03-20 22:20 UTC Earl King Jr. 2015-03-24 03:15 UTC
Nissel922 Open 2015-03-23 19:32 UTC 331dot 2015-03-23 19:35 UTC
Nickaang Open 2015-03-23 19:57 UTC Pharaoh of the Wizards 2015-03-23 21:01 UTC
Federstift Open 2015-03-24 08:50 UTC Antonius2 2015-03-24 17:27 UTC
Mrigangka Open 2015-03-24 18:58 UTC Joseph2302 2015-03-24 22:36 UTC
ArthurRebelnatico Open 2015-03-24 23:46 UTC Ian.thomson 2015-03-27 21:33 UTC
Reenakoak Open 2015-03-25 02:13 UTC Largoplazo 2015-03-25 02:13 UTC
Carlo pastrani Open 2015-03-25 15:05 UTC Vanjagenije 2015-03-27 22:04 UTC Vanjagenije 2015-03-27 22:04 UTC
MJeznach Open 2015-03-25 16:11 UTC PhantomTech 2015-03-25 16:11 UTC
EddieDrood Open 2015-03-25 20:08 UTC Kathovo 2015-03-25 20:08 UTC
Historian Student Open 2015-03-26 06:03 UTC Iñaki LL 2015-03-26 08:51 UTC Richwales 2015-03-26 06:04 UTC
Bowei Huang 2 Open 2015-03-26 06:30 UTC Flyer22 2015-03-26 07:19 UTC
LouisAragon Open 2015-03-26 21:03 UTC Vanjagenije 2015-03-27 21:09 UTC Vanjagenije 2015-03-27 21:09 UTC
Shankar.raghoba Open 2015-03-26 23:11 UTC Bejnar 2015-03-27 02:49 UTC
RRRR8888 Open 2015-03-27 01:40 UTC SuperHamster 2015-03-27 01:40 UTC
Marielopez124 Open 2015-03-27 03:35 UTC Vanjagenije 2015-03-27 21:58 UTC Vanjagenije 2015-03-27 21:58 UTC
Walter0121 Open 2015-03-27 19:03 UTC Sjö 2015-03-27 19:03 UTC
Ezidishingali Open 2015-03-27 22:19 UTC Ian.thomson 2015-03-27 22:19 UTC
Victoriadseaman More info req. 2015-03-24 23:33 UTC Joseph2302 2015-03-27 15:42 UTC Vanjagenije 2015-03-27 15:37 UTC
Jabramse Declined 2015-03-14 12:01 UTC Vanjagenije 2015-03-18 13:20 UTC Vanjagenije 2015-03-18 13:20 UTC
LupinoJacky Declined 2015-03-19 12:15 UTC FkpCascais 2015-03-21 02:14 UTC Vanjagenije 2015-03-20 14:39 UTC
KingZogKingZogKingZog Declined 2015-03-22 18:38 UTC Joseph2302 2015-03-23 00:23 UTC Vanjagenije 2015-03-23 00:13 UTC
Sheep 2009 Declined (CU) 2015-03-19 21:34 UTC NativeForeigner 2015-03-20 09:46 UTC NativeForeigner 2015-03-20 09:46 UTC
Vonnievublogs Declined (CU) 2015-03-20 14:05 UTC Ponyo 2015-03-24 21:54 UTC Ponyo 2015-03-24 21:54 UTC
74.138.202.216 Declined (CU) 2015-03-21 05:49 UTC Josephine54 2015-03-21 17:05 UTC DoRD 2015-03-21 16:18 UTC
JoDiaz96 Awaiting admin 2015-03-27 19:23 UTC Vanjagenije 2015-03-27 21:49 UTC Vanjagenije 2015-03-27 21:49 UTC
Isseasa Closed 2015-03-04 14:34 UTC Ymblanter 2015-03-27 13:11 UTC Richwales 2015-03-27 00:29 UTC
Babestress Closed 2015-03-19 20:08 UTC Mike V 2015-03-27 21:24 UTC Mike V 2015-03-27 21:24 UTC
Dinura Pradeep Balasooriya Closed 2015-03-27 21:29 UTC Vanjagenije 2015-03-27 21:54 UTC Vanjagenije 2015-03-27 21:54 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 e-mail 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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