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 or the Arbitration Committee to open an investigation. Private information, emails, logs, and other sensitive evidence must not be posted on Wikipedia.
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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
Kauffner curequest 2014-07-21 15:01 UTC In ictu oculi 2014-07-23 02:59 UTC
JCBurke1234 curequest 2014-08-02 03:57 UTC Dsprc 2014-08-02 04:23 UTC
PoliticianTexas checked 2014-07-06 03:08 UTC DeltaQuad 2014-07-20 03:32 UTC DeltaQuad 2014-07-20 03:32 UTC
DeFacto checked 2014-07-06 21:03 UTC NativeForeigner 2014-07-31 04:58 UTC NativeForeigner 2014-07-31 04:58 UTC
Sayan Basu checked 2014-07-15 12:45 UTC Amartyabag 2014-07-30 14:53 UTC Ponyo 2014-07-15 17:11 UTC
Benbuff91 checked 2014-07-19 22:38 UTC Magnolia677 2014-07-27 00:20 UTC DeltaQuad 2014-07-25 03:39 UTC
Klocek checked 2014-07-27 05:55 UTC Tiptoety 2014-08-01 15:52 UTC Tiptoety 2014-08-01 15:52 UTC
Fun Realms checked 2014-07-28 00:25 UTC Tiptoety 2014-08-01 16:04 UTC Tiptoety 2014-08-01 16:04 UTC
Europefan checked 2014-07-29 19:16 UTC Elockid 2014-07-30 16:12 UTC Elockid 2014-07-30 16:12 UTC
70.190.12.130 open 2014-06-26 18:25 UTC Damián80 2014-06-26 20:23 UTC
Skynyrdman open 2014-07-25 04:27 UTC Meters 2014-07-25 04:27 UTC
Ram tx open 2014-07-27 02:52 UTC Duffbeerforme 2014-07-27 02:52 UTC
SuzanneOlsson open 2014-07-30 09:45 UTC Gråbergs Gråa Sång 2014-07-31 10:15 UTC
Dahua Security open 2014-07-30 10:21 UTC Bentogoa 2014-07-30 10:21 UTC
Swineposit open 2014-07-30 17:44 UTC Lugnuts 2014-07-30 17:45 UTC
PrideOfKorea open 2014-07-30 20:06 UTC Rschen7754 2014-07-30 20:22 UTC Rschen7754 2014-07-30 20:22 UTC
Nandabharatbhusan open 2014-08-01 03:51 UTC ArcAngel 2014-08-01 03:51 UTC
Aeontamaraw moreinfo 2014-07-25 13:34 UTC Callanecc 2014-08-02 03:47 UTC Callanecc 2014-08-02 03:47 UTC
Khabboos moreinfo 2014-07-29 15:40 UTC Callanecc 2014-07-30 14:34 UTC Callanecc 2014-07-30 14:34 UTC
GlamElector cumoreinfo 2014-07-23 03:11 UTC Gaijin42 2014-07-31 14:55 UTC DeltaQuad 2014-07-25 04:21 UTC
Afro-Eurasian declined 2014-07-25 03:30 UTC Callanecc 2014-08-02 04:20 UTC Callanecc 2014-08-02 04:20 UTC
Cooperative Guy declined 2014-07-25 20:54 UTC Yunshui 2014-07-31 14:15 UTC Yunshui 2014-07-31 14:15 UTC
Themainman69 cudeclined 2014-07-30 18:48 UTC DeltaQuad 2014-07-30 20:53 UTC DeltaQuad 2014-07-30 20:53 UTC
Sju hav cudeclined 2014-07-31 19:01 UTC Ponyo 2014-08-01 18:01 UTC Ponyo 2014-08-01 18:01 UTC
Ireneshih cuhold 2014-07-08 11:30 UTC BiH 2014-07-12 17:25 UTC DoRD 2014-07-11 15:20 UTC
Suklambar close 2014-07-28 01:22 UTC Callanecc 2014-08-02 03:41 UTC Callanecc 2014-08-02 03:41 UTC
Technotopia close 2014-07-30 03:31 UTC Callanecc 2014-08-02 04:10 UTC Callanecc 2014-08-02 04:10 UTC
Charmainegiuri close 2014-07-31 13:53 UTC Callanecc 2014-07-31 13:56 UTC Callanecc 2014-07-31 13:56 UTC
IHR.HIASO close 2014-07-31 17:45 UTC Callanecc 2014-08-02 03:29 UTC Callanecc 2014-08-02 03:29 UTC
Ryanjay1996 close 2014-08-01 23:52 UTC Callanecc 2014-08-02 03:43 UTC Callanecc 2014-08-02 03:43 UTC
Evlekis close 2014-08-02 02:24 UTC Callanecc 2014-08-02 03:27 UTC Callanecc 2014-08-02 03:27 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}}

Archived cases

A record of old SPI cases in 2009 and early 2010, separated by month, had been created and maintained by a bot. This archival system was deprecated in February 2010.

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