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
Tirgil34 relist 2014-06-25 06:15 UTC DeltaQuad 2014-07-11 22:41 UTC DeltaQuad 2014-07-11 22:41 UTC
Reema Welling curequest 2014-07-03 06:22 UTC Sitush 2014-07-03 06:27 UTC
Giant Sumatra Rat curequest 2014-07-11 10:48 UTC Phoenix7777 2014-07-11 11:43 UTC
Carriearchdale curequest 2014-07-11 14:31 UTC OccultZone 2014-07-12 01:46 UTC
Slacka123 curequest 2014-07-11 19:09 UTC PCock 2014-07-11 19:09 UTC
Stanley5141 curequest 2014-07-12 01:19 UTC AddWittyNameHere 2014-07-12 01:54 UTC
March22nd checked 2014-06-27 02:24 UTC Richwales 2014-07-05 04:13 UTC Richwales 2014-07-05 04:13 UTC
Sibtain 007 checked 2014-07-01 11:11 UTC Georgiasouthernlynn 2014-07-10 23:43 UTC Rschen7754 2014-07-10 06:30 UTC
Klocek checked 2014-07-03 04:31 UTC DeltaQuad 2014-07-12 00:19 UTC DeltaQuad 2014-07-12 00:19 UTC
DukeWellington checked 2014-07-06 15:19 UTC DeltaQuad 2014-07-06 21:53 UTC DeltaQuad 2014-07-06 21:53 UTC
Thandi moyo checked 2014-07-11 07:43 UTC McGeddon 2014-07-11 18:16 UTC Salvio giuliano 2014-07-11 12:05 UTC
Rasputinfa checked 2014-07-12 00:56 UTC Tiptoety 2014-07-12 01:00 UTC Tiptoety 2014-07-12 01:00 UTC
70.190.12.130 open 2014-06-26 18:25 UTC Damián80 2014-06-26 20:23 UTC
Noormohammed satya open 2014-07-01 11:56 UTC Tiptoety 2014-07-05 17:24 UTC Tiptoety 2014-07-05 17:24 UTC
DeFacto open 2014-07-06 21:03 UTC Archon 2488 2014-07-06 22:24 UTC
Norden1990 open 2014-07-07 15:01 UTC DoRD 2014-07-10 13:28 UTC DoRD 2014-07-10 13:28 UTC
John Hundley open 2014-07-08 21:36 UTC Brianhe 2014-07-11 03:30 UTC
TDFan2006 open 2014-07-09 16:28 UTC Cyphoidbomb 2014-07-09 16:28 UTC
LewisAngol open 2014-07-09 21:16 UTC JMHamo 2014-07-09 21:16 UTC
AbbasAliAkbar open 2014-07-10 01:54 UTC Ian.thomson 2014-07-10 02:22 UTC
Anzwalla open 2014-07-10 10:38 UTC 220 of Borg 2014-07-10 12:13 UTC
Pumpie open 2014-07-10 13:40 UTC Marianian 2014-07-10 13:40 UTC
Greeneditor491 open 2014-07-10 17:19 UTC Greeneditor491 2014-07-11 13:42 UTC Callanecc 2014-07-11 11:50 UTC
Soapamalkanmaime open 2014-07-11 10:41 UTC Callanecc 2014-07-11 10:41 UTC Callanecc 2014-07-11 10:41 UTC
Joebunkeo open 2014-07-11 17:13 UTC Nowa 2014-07-11 22:26 UTC
Terrigentry open 2014-07-11 19:23 UTC Hairhorn 2014-07-11 19:26 UTC
SpongebobLawyerPants open 2014-07-12 01:33 UTC Passengerpigeon 2014-07-12 01:33 UTC
PoliticianTexas moreinfo 2014-07-06 03:08 UTC Dennis Brown 2014-07-07 00:27 UTC DeltaQuad 2014-07-06 03:17 UTC
Festal82 cumoreinfo 2014-07-07 17:31 UTC Festal82 2014-07-09 05:41 UTC DeltaQuad 2014-07-09 00:51 UTC
Ashbeckjonathan declined 2014-07-04 01:55 UTC Richwales 2014-07-05 05:57 UTC Richwales 2014-07-05 05:57 UTC
JNorman704 cudeclined 2014-06-17 12:11 UTC Richwales 2014-07-04 01:52 UTC Richwales 2014-07-04 01:52 UTC
Historyexpert2050 cudeclined 2014-06-28 13:29 UTC DeltaQuad 2014-06-30 00:50 UTC DeltaQuad 2014-06-30 00:50 UTC
Goredog cudeclined 2014-07-07 18:45 UTC DoRD 2014-07-07 19:56 UTC DoRD 2014-07-07 19:56 UTC
THENEWYORKER cudeclined 2014-07-07 19:34 UTC 198.228.207.140 2014-07-09 12:03 UTC DoRD 2014-07-07 19:49 UTC
Loganrobert96 hold 2014-07-10 18:46 UTC Callanecc 2014-07-11 11:47 UTC Callanecc 2014-07-11 11:47 UTC
Ireneshih cuhold 2014-07-08 11:30 UTC DoRD 2014-07-11 15:20 UTC DoRD 2014-07-11 15:20 UTC
IPhonehurricane95 cuhold 2014-07-11 04:20 UTC DoRD 2014-07-11 22:37 UTC DoRD 2014-07-11 22:37 UTC
Mrwallace05 close 2014-07-05 20:08 UTC DeltaQuad 2014-07-12 01:24 UTC DeltaQuad 2014-07-12 01:24 UTC
DPeterson close 2014-07-08 15:43 UTC DeltaQuad 2014-07-12 01:30 UTC DeltaQuad 2014-07-12 01:30 UTC
MasaComp close 2014-07-08 15:51 UTC DeltaQuad 2014-07-12 01:41 UTC DeltaQuad 2014-07-12 01:41 UTC
HThisked close 2014-07-09 08:22 UTC DeltaQuad 2014-07-12 01:43 UTC DeltaQuad 2014-07-12 01:43 UTC
Talentbcian close 2014-07-10 10:30 UTC DeltaQuad 2014-07-12 01:44 UTC DeltaQuad 2014-07-12 01:44 UTC
Aloyne close 2014-07-11 05:45 UTC DeltaQuad 2014-07-12 01:45 UTC DeltaQuad 2014-07-12 01:45 UTC
Aalaan close 2014-07-11 08:00 UTC DeltaQuad 2014-07-12 01:48 UTC DeltaQuad 2014-07-12 01:48 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}}

Spambot

Symbol comment vote.svg This case has been marked as closed.

It looks like in the past week or so there has been a bit of a spam issue. The accounts all have the same MO; they create a user page, post their promo material, and then end the page with the same text, "For more information, visit our site >>>>>>>" or "Visit it! to get more information >>>>>>". The accounts have been blocked, but I'm hoping that it would be possible to hard block the IP(s) involved to prevent further issues. Mike VTalk 04:53, 10 July 2014 (UTC)

I've checked it, but there is far too much collateral for a rangeblock. Sorry. I've blacklisted some of the domains that I found as spam-only domains. Reaper Eternal (talk) 13:35, 10 July 2014 (UTC)
I blocked one probable open proxy as well and a few (already globally locked) spambots. Unfortunately, Mike V, most of these are operating from incredibly busy ranges where there is no hope for a rangeblock. Thanks for the report, though. ​—DoRD (talk)​ 13:53, 10 July 2014 (UTC)
Thanks to both of you for looking into it. Mike VTalk 05:19, 11 July 2014 (UTC)

Archived cases

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