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
DrexMafia endorsed 2014-08-22 07:36 UTC Tokyogirl79 2014-09-02 06:22 UTC PhilKnight 2014-09-01 19:49 UTC
Rameshkohli123 curequest 2014-08-21 07:13 UTC MusikAnimal 2014-09-01 05:49 UTC
Instantnood curequest 2014-08-29 17:58 UTC Ryulong 2014-09-02 13:43 UTC
Beh-nam curequest 2014-08-31 14:13 UTC 39.41.14.10 2014-08-31 14:36 UTC
Electromechanic curequest 2014-08-31 17:31 UTC Binksternet 2014-09-01 00:49 UTC
Cow cleaner 5000 curequest 2014-09-01 13:16 UTC TheFarix 2014-09-02 13:00 UTC
TekkenJinKazama curequest 2014-09-02 02:02 UTC Ravensfire 2014-09-02 15:19 UTC
Dolovis checked 2014-08-12 14:37 UTC King of Hearts 2014-09-01 00:36 UTC King of Hearts 2014-09-01 00:36 UTC
Newzealand123 checked 2014-08-14 14:23 UTC DeltaQuad 2014-08-31 22:42 UTC DeltaQuad 2014-08-31 22:42 UTC
Majogomezsz checked 2014-08-14 20:22 UTC DeltaQuad 2014-09-02 16:43 UTC DeltaQuad 2014-09-02 16:43 UTC
Braveheart5050 checked 2014-08-18 00:45 UTC Ponyo 2014-08-19 19:12 UTC Ponyo 2014-08-19 19:12 UTC
Uck u checked 2014-08-24 01:50 UTC AlanM1 2014-08-29 08:19 UTC Callanecc 2014-08-28 11:44 UTC
Sibtain 007 checked 2014-08-24 21:44 UTC Bbb23 2014-09-01 22:59 UTC Bbb23 2014-09-01 22:59 UTC
Josetoom checked 2014-08-25 23:20 UTC Callanecc 2014-09-02 05:56 UTC Callanecc 2014-09-02 05:56 UTC
Padmalakshmisx checked 2014-08-26 15:17 UTC Callanecc 2014-09-02 14:19 UTC Callanecc 2014-09-02 14:19 UTC
Ghamilton90 checked 2014-08-26 19:49 UTC DeltaQuad 2014-08-29 02:24 UTC DeltaQuad 2014-08-29 02:24 UTC
Mac22203 checked 2014-09-01 12:32 UTC The Bushranger 2014-09-02 11:18 UTC DeltaQuad 2014-09-02 01:43 UTC
AniceMathew open 2014-08-24 12:35 UTC Skr15081997 2014-09-02 09:48 UTC Callanecc 2014-09-01 16:50 UTC
Qutaibah open 2014-08-24 19:11 UTC Gilo1969 2014-08-24 19:12 UTC
Latertinsna open 2014-08-25 03:33 UTC Gdfusion 2014-08-27 15:04 UTC Callanecc 2014-08-27 13:38 UTC
Benjaminvermersch open 2014-08-25 17:39 UTC DGG 2014-08-28 02:40 UTC DoRD 2014-08-25 18:27 UTC
Rajosmk2 open 2014-08-25 20:08 UTC Largoplazo 2014-08-27 12:55 UTC
Dalai lama ding dong open 2014-08-27 21:23 UTC WarKosign 2014-09-01 08:13 UTC
MiG29VN open 2014-08-28 16:26 UTC JamesRussels 2014-09-02 13:23 UTC
Fanfiction2010 open 2014-08-29 13:40 UTC Whpq 2014-08-29 13:40 UTC
Major Tariq Mehmood open 2014-09-01 09:26 UTC SmileBlueJay97 2014-09-01 09:26 UTC
Mhbent open 2014-09-01 19:13 UTC STATicVapor 2014-09-02 01:58 UTC
Ananny open 2014-09-01 20:04 UTC Blackguard SF 2014-09-01 20:04 UTC
Ryguy Muhammedd open 2014-09-02 01:11 UTC Loriendrew 2014-09-02 01:11 UTC
Pelarmian open 2014-09-02 08:59 UTC Froglich 2014-09-02 09:11 UTC
Bdong2 open 2014-09-02 09:17 UTC SmileBlueJay97 2014-09-02 09:17 UTC
KO.2 open 2014-09-02 14:23 UTC Dirtlawyer1 2014-09-02 14:44 UTC
Lyndasim open 2014-09-02 15:45 UTC Figureofnine 2014-09-02 20:29 UTC
Alejandro cuello suarez open 2014-09-02 17:23 UTC Nymf 2014-09-02 17:24 UTC
R saji kumar open 2014-09-02 18:38 UTC NeilN 2014-09-02 18:38 UTC
MariaJaydHicky open 2014-09-02 20:15 UTC STATicVapor 2014-09-02 20:15 UTC
Festal82 ADMIN 2014-08-07 14:56 UTC DeltaQuad 2014-09-02 16:26 UTC DeltaQuad 2014-09-02 16:26 UTC
Ireneshih hold 2014-07-08 11:30 UTC Bbb23 2014-09-01 23:09 UTC Bbb23 2014-09-01 23:09 UTC
Sepsis II close 2014-08-25 09:40 UTC Richwales 2014-09-02 06:08 UTC Richwales 2014-09-02 06:08 UTC
Bambifan101 close 2014-08-25 13:30 UTC Mike V 2014-09-02 17:48 UTC Richwales 2014-09-02 02:39 UTC
Europefan close 2014-08-28 00:11 UTC Callanecc 2014-09-01 15:52 UTC Callanecc 2014-09-01 15:52 UTC
PapaJeckloy close 2014-08-29 20:32 UTC The Bushranger 2014-09-02 16:05 UTC Callanecc 2014-09-02 14:28 UTC
Offender9000 close 2014-08-29 22:00 UTC Mike V 2014-09-01 17:38 UTC PhilKnight 2014-09-01 17:34 UTC
Shulinjiang close 2014-08-30 16:08 UTC Bbb23 2014-09-01 15:02 UTC Bbb23 2014-09-01 15:02 UTC
Taivo close 2014-08-31 09:13 UTC Mike V 2014-09-02 17:31 UTC
Altimgamr close 2014-09-01 04:08 UTC Callanecc 2014-09-01 17:01 UTC Callanecc 2014-09-01 17:01 UTC
Thegodwin6000 close 2014-09-01 14:57 UTC Mike V 2014-09-01 15:45 UTC Callanecc 2014-09-01 15:43 UTC
Frenzie23 close 2014-09-02 08:34 UTC Callanecc 2014-09-02 08:35 UTC Callanecc 2014-09-02 08:35 UTC
ZomRe close 2014-09-02 13:16 UTC Stephen.Kratz 2014-09-02 16:59 UTC DeltaQuad 2014-09-02 16:53 UTC
Waldemar15 close 2014-09-02 16:36 UTC DeltaQuad 2014-09-02 16:38 UTC DeltaQuad 2014-09-02 16:38 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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