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
Instantnood endorsed 2014-08-29 17:58 UTC Ryulong 2014-09-14 19:54 UTC Bbb23 2014-09-14 19:07 UTC
Beh-nam endorsed 2014-08-31 14:13 UTC Bbb23 2014-09-14 19:43 UTC Bbb23 2014-09-14 19:43 UTC
Lyndasim curequest 2014-09-02 15:45 UTC Figureofnine 2014-09-15 20:32 UTC
MariaJaydHicky curequest 2014-09-02 20:15 UTC Diannaa 2014-09-14 06:09 UTC
Safwwefe curequest 2014-09-04 21:48 UTC HangingCurve 2014-09-16 00:00 UTC
Caradoc29105 curequest 2014-09-05 04:25 UTC Edgar181 2014-09-05 12:57 UTC Callanecc 2014-09-05 04:25 UTC
GhanaDa curequest 2014-09-07 12:19 UTC Mike V 2014-09-13 22:59 UTC
Mrdhimas curequest 2014-09-09 11:19 UTC The Banner 2014-09-09 16:28 UTC
WKS Śląsk Wrocław curequest 2014-09-10 19:12 UTC Poeticbent 2014-09-10 20:38 UTC
Fairyspit curequest 2014-09-11 15:59 UTC Materialscientist 2014-09-15 22:42 UTC Materialscientist 2014-09-15 22:42 UTC
ProgGuy curequest 2014-09-15 01:51 UTC SonOfPlisskin 2014-09-15 20:54 UTC
Cracy111 curequest 2014-09-15 17:58 UTC Wgolf 2014-09-15 17:58 UTC
Mujhideen101 curequest 2014-09-15 21:02 UTC Darkness Shines 2014-09-15 21:02 UTC
Tushar Atik curequest 2014-09-16 04:11 UTC Nafsadh 2014-09-16 04:11 UTC
Mquillig curequest 2014-09-16 05:20 UTC Froglich 2014-09-16 05:21 UTC
Sibtain 007 checked 2014-09-03 15:50 UTC Bbb23 2014-09-13 21:43 UTC Bbb23 2014-09-13 21:43 UTC
Scibaby checked 2014-09-10 06:29 UTC Callanecc 2014-09-15 08:00 UTC Callanecc 2014-09-15 08:00 UTC
Poojjan ccresta checked 2014-09-13 09:03 UTC Mike V 2014-09-15 22:53 UTC Callanecc 2014-09-15 08:29 UTC
Mere Lioprdf checked 2014-09-13 17:41 UTC Callanecc 2014-09-15 07:34 UTC Callanecc 2014-09-15 07:34 UTC
KingoftheWorld000 checked 2014-09-15 14:53 UTC DoRD 2014-09-15 14:53 UTC DoRD 2014-09-15 14:53 UTC
Benjaminvermersch open 2014-08-25 17:39 UTC Brianhe 2014-09-12 05:07 UTC NativeForeigner 2014-09-12 04:10 UTC
Pelarmian open 2014-09-02 08:59 UTC Pelarmian 2014-09-15 10:26 UTC
Mamadoutadioukone open 2014-09-03 00:18 UTC Bbb23 2014-09-16 00:31 UTC Bbb23 2014-09-16 00:31 UTC
Lloydbaltazar open 2014-09-03 06:23 UTC Esoglou 2014-09-05 07:35 UTC
Antoniclay43 open 2014-09-03 15:05 UTC Ahecht 2014-09-03 15:06 UTC
Josue-Jesue open 2014-09-04 02:30 UTC MusikAnimal 2014-09-15 01:14 UTC
PPdd open 2014-09-05 18:38 UTC Lampuser 2014-09-05 18:38 UTC
Norden1990 open 2014-09-06 12:44 UTC Psychonaut 2014-09-06 12:44 UTC
Thabangkatiso open 2014-09-06 18:03 UTC Versace1608 2014-09-06 18:03 UTC
Cassidydonovan open 2014-09-07 01:03 UTC Berean Hunter 2014-09-08 22:40 UTC Berean Hunter 2014-09-08 22:40 UTC
Monterrosa open 2014-09-07 02:00 UTC Winkelvi 2014-09-07 03:02 UTC
Raul Gomes open 2014-09-07 06:28 UTC 1999sportsfan 2014-09-15 02:02 UTC
Cquest open 2014-09-08 06:16 UTC Meters 2014-09-11 19:08 UTC
Aria monttgomeryyyyy open 2014-09-08 20:18 UTC Sjö 2014-09-08 20:18 UTC
Saint Artjunkie open 2014-09-08 20:45 UTC January 2014-09-08 20:45 UTC
Jack09kall open 2014-09-09 06:29 UTC Passengerpigeon 2014-09-09 06:29 UTC
HaroldSalasI open 2014-09-09 07:44 UTC Duffbeerforme 2014-09-09 07:44 UTC
Stavgr open 2014-09-09 12:25 UTC SmileBlueJay97 2014-09-09 12:26 UTC
Hum1969 open 2014-09-10 03:10 UTC Alexhead8835 2014-09-13 02:52 UTC
Saladfork77 open 2014-09-10 19:16 UTC Diego Grez 2014-09-10 19:16 UTC
Baaarny open 2014-09-11 01:04 UTC Michael Glass 2014-09-15 11:51 UTC
Tirgil34 open 2014-09-11 15:16 UTC 149.140.208.24 2014-09-11 16:34 UTC
Rauzaruku open 2014-09-12 03:39 UTC SmileBlueJay97 2014-09-12 06:22 UTC
Kauffner open 2014-09-12 03:57 UTC In ictu oculi 2014-09-14 09:17 UTC
90.221.151.47 open 2014-09-12 15:07 UTC Andrzejbanas 2014-09-12 15:07 UTC
wipeouting open 2014-09-12 17:15 UTC Ramya20 2014-09-15 13:26 UTC
Opa9012 open 2014-09-13 15:15 UTC SmileBlueJay97 2014-09-13 15:16 UTC
RcLd-91 open 2014-09-13 17:35 UTC Dr.K. 2014-09-16 03:10 UTC
CCUSER93 open 2014-09-13 19:34 UTC EricEnfermero 2014-09-13 19:39 UTC
SonOfPlisskin open 2014-09-13 23:17 UTC NJZombie 2014-09-15 01:37 UTC
Rod017 open 2014-09-14 10:30 UTC Whpq 2014-09-14 10:30 UTC
Mushroom9 open 2014-09-14 11:16 UTC MER-C 2014-09-14 11:16 UTC
Rejedef open 2014-09-14 18:07 UTC Danlaycock 2014-09-14 18:07 UTC
Tomthebombx12 open 2014-09-15 01:03 UTC Cult of Green 2014-09-15 01:03 UTC
E4024 open 2014-09-15 07:59 UTC Tiptoethrutheminefield 2014-09-15 20:07 UTC
SwiftSafety open 2014-09-15 09:17 UTC McGeddon 2014-09-15 09:17 UTC
Greco23 open 2014-09-15 13:14 UTC Greco22 2014-09-15 13:14 UTC
Beleiutz open 2014-09-15 15:24 UTC Psychonaut 2014-09-15 15:24 UTC
BengaliHindu open 2014-09-15 16:10 UTC MehulWB 2014-09-15 16:10 UTC
Biar122 open 2014-09-15 19:12 UTC Dr.K. 2014-09-16 03:04 UTC
Regulaminer open 2014-09-15 19:27 UTC Richard Yin 2014-09-15 19:29 UTC
GAP220 open 2014-09-15 19:58 UTC Makyen 2014-09-15 20:09 UTC
Gabriella~four.3-6 open 2014-09-15 22:53 UTC Konveyor Belt 2014-09-15 23:40 UTC
Kaletony open 2014-09-15 23:19 UTC Memills 2014-09-16 04:32 UTC
John12345678901234 open 2014-09-16 01:46 UTC Largoplazo 2014-09-16 01:46 UTC
Wikipedia:Sockpuppet investigations/Pratikmore8 open 2014-09-16 03:06 UTC Vin09 2014-09-16 03:09 UTC
Smeetesh Patel open 2014-09-16 04:17 UTC Wgolf 2014-09-16 04:17 UTC
Glennglazer moreinfo 2014-09-04 09:02 UTC Lmv4321 2014-09-09 15:54 UTC Callanecc 2014-09-04 13:52 UTC
Spikequeen moreinfo 2014-09-04 16:43 UTC Steel1943 2014-09-15 01:46 UTC Callanecc 2014-09-05 02:40 UTC
190.44.133.67 cudeclined 2014-09-04 17:05 UTC Ponyo 2014-09-04 18:36 UTC Ponyo 2014-09-04 18:36 UTC
Corkythehornetfan cudeclined 2014-09-08 02:51 UTC DoRD 2014-09-08 13:23 UTC DoRD 2014-09-08 13:23 UTC
Festal82 ADMIN 2014-08-07 14:56 UTC DeltaQuad 2014-09-06 01:24 UTC DeltaQuad 2014-09-06 01:24 UTC
Ireneshih hold 2014-07-08 11:30 UTC Bbb23 2014-09-14 18:14 UTC Bbb23 2014-09-14 18:14 UTC
Majogomezsz cuhold 2014-08-14 20:22 UTC Risker 2014-09-03 15:16 UTC Risker 2014-09-03 15:16 UTC
Tutelary cuhold 2014-09-13 21:40 UTC Guerillero 2014-09-16 02:53 UTC Callanecc 2014-09-15 06:47 UTC
MiG29VN close 2014-08-28 16:26 UTC Bbb23 2014-09-14 18:11 UTC Bbb23 2014-09-14 18:11 UTC
Admirenepal close 2014-09-13 18:16 UTC Callanecc 2014-09-15 06:28 UTC Callanecc 2014-09-15 06:28 UTC
Rahfatsalman close 2014-09-13 21:33 UTC Bbb23 2014-09-13 21:38 UTC Bbb23 2014-09-13 21:38 UTC
Radiopathy close 2014-09-13 22:22 UTC Drmies 2014-09-15 22:44 UTC Callanecc 2014-09-15 06:15 UTC
Kaylor2012 close 2014-09-14 09:45 UTC Mike V 2014-09-14 17:48 UTC
Philanthropist 1001 close 2014-09-15 14:38 UTC Reaper Eternal 2014-09-15 16:17 UTC Reaper Eternal 2014-09-15 16:17 UTC
AniceMathew close 2014-09-15 15:29 UTC Ponyo 2014-09-15 17:27 UTC Ponyo 2014-09-15 17:27 UTC
Neil Edgar close 2014-09-15 22:55 UTC Mike V 2014-09-15 22:58 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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