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
Thehoboclown CU requested 2014-11-19 02:47 UTC 82.77.75.167 2014-11-21 19:04 UTC
WKS Śląsk Wrocław CU completed 2014-09-10 19:12 UTC DeltaQuad 2014-11-19 18:20 UTC DeltaQuad 2014-11-19 18:20 UTC
Historicist CU completed 2014-09-29 03:43 UTC VQuakr 2014-10-01 05:00 UTC Callanecc 2014-09-29 15:16 UTC
TheQ Editor CU completed 2014-11-04 15:46 UTC TheQ Editor 2014-11-05 20:39 UTC DeltaQuad 2014-11-04 19:11 UTC
Vanessaliam CU completed 2014-11-07 10:01 UTC Ponyo 2014-11-21 23:55 UTC Ponyo 2014-11-21 23:55 UTC
Sju hav CU completed 2014-11-09 14:04 UTC Iselilja 2014-11-18 16:35 UTC DeltaQuad 2014-11-14 18:09 UTC
Babanwalia CU completed 2014-11-12 09:36 UTC DeltaQuad 2014-11-14 06:17 UTC DeltaQuad 2014-11-14 06:17 UTC
Colorstv CU completed 2014-11-16 02:46 UTC 79.79.142.105 2014-11-16 12:42 UTC DeltaQuad 2014-11-16 05:45 UTC
Marknutley CU completed 2014-11-17 00:30 UTC TopGun 2014-11-21 09:55 UTC Ponyo 2014-11-20 22:21 UTC
RcLd-91 CU completed 2014-11-17 19:10 UTC Chase me ladies, I'm the Cavalry 2014-11-18 23:26 UTC Chase me ladies, I'm the Cavalry 2014-11-18 23:26 UTC
Nuklear Open 2014-11-08 02:14 UTC Doc James 2014-11-16 21:29 UTC Bbb23 2014-11-12 16:24 UTC
Zamarod77 Open 2014-11-10 07:23 UTC Bonadea 2014-11-10 10:48 UTC
Swagington Open 2014-11-10 17:35 UTC Timconey 2014-11-19 05:24 UTC Mike V 2014-11-17 05:03 UTC
Shirley Chan1 Open 2014-11-11 08:38 UTC Bonadea 2014-11-11 08:38 UTC
Armaan.haider Open 2014-11-12 10:33 UTC Anna Frodesiak 2014-11-19 14:49 UTC
Rejedef Open 2014-11-13 22:46 UTC Danlaycock 2014-11-21 21:24 UTC
ElPilotoDi Open 2014-11-14 06:26 UTC IndianBio 2014-11-14 06:26 UTC
Ron Gates Open 2014-11-14 10:13 UTC Suriel1981 2014-11-16 04:41 UTC
UnbiasedVictory Open 2014-11-14 10:55 UTC WainAX47 2014-11-16 15:05 UTC
Dragonrap2 Open 2014-11-15 00:20 UTC Magnolia677 2014-11-15 00:20 UTC
Deonis 2012 Open 2014-11-15 00:26 UTC Alhanuty 2014-11-15 00:26 UTC
Bosnipedian Open 2014-11-15 00:36 UTC GB fan 2014-11-18 17:03 UTC
Piandme Open 2014-11-15 14:28 UTC Piandme 2014-11-17 13:47 UTC
DeFacto Open 2014-11-15 14:38 UTC Archon 2488 2014-11-15 14:38 UTC
Qenim Open 2014-11-16 00:54 UTC Antidiskriminator 2014-11-19 00:10 UTC
StubbornFred Open 2014-11-16 03:08 UTC Dwpaul 2014-11-16 03:08 UTC
Nukedestroy Open 2014-11-16 04:31 UTC Dwpaul 2014-11-16 04:59 UTC
ToQ100gou Open 2014-11-16 09:04 UTC Ryulong 2014-11-20 00:15 UTC
Dantetheperuvian Open 2014-11-16 10:37 UTC Dantetheperuvian 2014-11-16 18:28 UTC
Smith and Ken Dubai Open 2014-11-16 19:52 UTC Hell in a Bucket 2014-11-16 19:52 UTC
Maelbros Open 2014-11-17 19:27 UTC Trivialist 2014-11-21 22:37 UTC
Mhbent Open 2014-11-17 23:45 UTC Anna Frodesiak 2014-11-18 00:40 UTC
Vijayprashanth5 Open 2014-11-18 13:59 UTC Swpb 2014-11-19 12:37 UTC
DemirBajraktarevic Open 2014-11-18 20:38 UTC Antidiskriminator 2014-11-19 08:34 UTC Chase me ladies, I'm the Cavalry 2014-11-19 00:02 UTC
Bobi987 Ivanov Open 2014-11-19 10:51 UTC Radko Kovac 2014-11-20 13:26 UTC
ElNiñoMonstruo Open 2014-11-19 15:20 UTC McVeigh 2014-11-19 15:20 UTC
Slaymaster23 Open 2014-11-19 18:50 UTC Meters 2014-11-19 18:50 UTC
Noggyjoggy Open 2014-11-19 19:47 UTC Cyphoidbomb 2014-11-19 19:47 UTC
Josephgmb Open 2014-11-20 16:35 UTC Bazj 2014-11-20 16:35 UTC
KaliBlaubaum Open 2014-11-20 22:55 UTC Valenciano 2014-11-20 22:58 UTC
Mohammed al-Bukhari Open 2014-11-21 11:56 UTC P123ct1 2014-11-22 00:20 UTC
Krsno Open 2014-11-21 14:26 UTC Fram 2014-11-21 14:26 UTC
Băcăuan Open 2014-11-21 18:29 UTC Dennis Brown 2014-11-21 18:39 UTC
Amyxcell Declined (CU) 2014-11-02 10:54 UTC Widefox 2014-11-15 23:31 UTC DeltaQuad 2014-11-13 23:55 UTC
Hengistmate Declined (CU) 2014-11-21 15:41 UTC Andy Dingley 2014-11-21 21:14 UTC DeltaQuad 2014-11-21 17:59 UTC
Lagoo sab On hold (CU) 2014-11-20 15:26 UTC Krzyhorse22 2014-11-21 22:11 UTC DeltaQuad 2014-11-21 17:50 UTC
Pearljambandaid Closed 2014-11-09 00:13 UTC Mike V 2014-11-21 20:37 UTC Mike V 2014-11-21 20:37 UTC
Matt200055 Closed 2014-11-10 04:40 UTC Callanecc 2014-11-20 10:05 UTC Callanecc 2014-11-20 10:05 UTC
3АМ ХХХ Closed 2014-11-15 20:16 UTC HJ Mitchell 2014-11-21 01:17 UTC Callanecc 2014-11-20 09:01 UTC
217.23.69.206 Closed 2014-11-16 09:13 UTC Mike V 2014-11-21 21:34 UTC Mike V 2014-11-21 21:34 UTC
Gabriel Turner Closed 2014-11-16 14:21 UTC Mike V 2014-11-21 21:57 UTC Mike V 2014-11-21 21:57 UTC
Gpcv77 Closed 2014-11-16 17:39 UTC Ponyo 2014-11-20 21:31 UTC Ponyo 2014-11-20 21:31 UTC
Wlglunight93 Closed 2014-11-16 22:44 UTC Callanecc 2014-11-18 06:11 UTC Callanecc 2014-11-18 06:11 UTC
The abominable Wiki troll Closed 2014-11-17 09:03 UTC Mike V 2014-11-20 21:33 UTC Mike V 2014-11-20 21:33 UTC
Malusia22 Closed 2014-11-17 14:47 UTC Callanecc 2014-11-18 08:37 UTC Callanecc 2014-11-18 08:37 UTC
DAYASING CHAVHAN Closed 2014-11-17 15:16 UTC JohnCD 2014-11-21 16:24 UTC
Caidin-Johnson Closed 2014-11-17 17:50 UTC Mike V 2014-11-21 21:37 UTC Mike V 2014-11-21 21:37 UTC
Gurjeshwar Closed 2014-11-18 14:14 UTC Bbb23 2014-11-21 01:30 UTC Bbb23 2014-11-21 01:30 UTC
FanGirl2003 Closed 2014-11-18 16:34 UTC Ponyo 2014-11-20 22:44 UTC Ponyo 2014-11-20 22:44 UTC
Nuclearram Closed 2014-11-18 19:59 UTC Mike V 2014-11-20 21:27 UTC Mike V 2014-11-20 21:27 UTC
WCVB98swell Closed 2014-11-19 22:47 UTC Callanecc 2014-11-20 10:20 UTC Callanecc 2014-11-20 10:20 UTC
E4024 Closed 2014-11-20 05:03 UTC Dr.K. 2014-11-21 18:58 UTC DeltaQuad 2014-11-21 17:57 UTC
Aalaan Closed 2014-11-20 10:55 UTC Ponyo 2014-11-20 23:15 UTC Ponyo 2014-11-20 23:15 UTC
Mamaluigi2 Closed 2014-11-21 00:42 UTC Ponyo 2014-11-21 19:13 UTC Ponyo 2014-11-21 19:13 UTC
Radoezikova Closed 2014-11-21 16:35 UTC Mike V 2014-11-21 21:14 UTC Mike V 2014-11-21 21:14 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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