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 to open an investigation. Private information, emails, logs, and other sensitive evidence must not be posted on Wikipedia. All evidence related to a sockpuppet investigation must otherwise be posted on the designated page.
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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
AdamTayl Endorsed 2015-01-12 23:31 UTC Bbb23 2015-01-24 16:22 UTC Bbb23 2015-01-24 16:22 UTC
Viruswitch In progress 2015-01-16 12:45 UTC Mike V 2015-01-21 17:16 UTC Mike V 2015-01-21 17:16 UTC
Md iet CU requested 2015-01-10 14:03 UTC Bjelleklang 2015-01-23 20:21 UTC Salvidrim! 2015-01-22 18:20 UTC
ZuluPapa5 CU requested 2015-01-20 21:19 UTC Montanabw 2015-01-22 00:19 UTC
ItSmileyRiley CU requested 2015-01-21 03:22 UTC Cyphoidbomb 2015-01-21 03:22 UTC
Daivathar CU requested 2015-01-22 23:19 UTC Oiyarbepsy 2015-01-22 23:19 UTC
Bridge Boy CU requested 2015-01-24 02:28 UTC Dennis Bratland 2015-01-24 02:31 UTC
Samsobot CU requested 2015-01-25 04:58 UTC Ekips39 2015-01-25 05:18 UTC
LeonAile CU requested 2015-01-25 06:11 UTC Wgolf 2015-01-25 06:11 UTC
Cheery72 CU completed 2015-01-23 18:28 UTC Avraham 2015-01-25 07:27 UTC Avraham 2015-01-25 07:27 UTC
Ringcluder CU completed 2015-01-24 09:16 UTC Dougweller 2015-01-25 09:47 UTC Dougweller 2015-01-25 09:47 UTC
Abeerfarid CU completed 2015-01-24 15:34 UTC Avraham 2015-01-25 07:24 UTC Avraham 2015-01-25 07:24 UTC
John Daker CU completed 2015-01-24 21:48 UTC Materialscientist 2015-01-24 23:48 UTC Materialscientist 2015-01-24 23:48 UTC
Coat of Many Colours Open 2015-01-14 20:51 UTC Crisco 1492 2015-01-14 20:51 UTC
Mitrale89 Open 2015-01-16 16:51 UTC Local hero 2015-01-16 16:51 UTC
Whitelight77 Open 2015-01-17 00:01 UTC Primefac 2015-01-17 00:01 UTC
Jagged 85 Open 2015-01-18 23:50 UTC Merlinme 2015-01-19 11:00 UTC
Yalexandrov Open 2015-01-19 14:48 UTC NawlinWiki 2015-01-23 18:04 UTC
Vorspire Open 2015-01-20 02:59 UTC Duffbeerforme 2015-01-20 03:30 UTC Mike V 2015-01-20 03:14 UTC
O.Turani Open 2015-01-21 06:06 UTC Edward321 2015-01-21 17:51 UTC Lor 2015-01-21 07:02 UTC
Antony1821 Open 2015-01-21 21:04 UTC Wgolf 2015-01-21 21:04 UTC
Drameu Open 2015-01-21 21:51 UTC Jbhunley 2015-01-22 20:38 UTC Lor 2015-01-22 13:30 UTC
Qizilbash123 Open 2015-01-21 23:47 UTC OccultZone 2015-01-22 09:09 UTC
Grandare Grande Open 2015-01-22 07:07 UTC Mosmof 2015-01-22 07:38 UTC
Osfacae Open 2015-01-23 04:08 UTC Emma.norville 2015-01-23 15:20 UTC
Jyotirmoy25 Open 2015-01-23 10:05 UTC Pvpoodle 2015-01-23 10:05 UTC
Joshlecky Open 2015-01-23 14:47 UTC JMHamo 2015-01-23 14:47 UTC
AniceMathew Open 2015-01-23 16:22 UTC Kailash29792 2015-01-25 13:01 UTC Ponyo 2015-01-23 20:58 UTC
Darknipples Open 2015-01-24 07:23 UTC 162.119.231.132 2015-01-25 00:03 UTC
Winbookies123 Open 2015-01-24 08:39 UTC Lor 2015-01-24 08:39 UTC Lor 2015-01-24 08:39 UTC
Margarete Maria Open 2015-01-24 14:43 UTC Salvidrim! 2015-01-24 20:12 UTC Salvidrim! 2015-01-24 20:12 UTC
Ararat arev Open 2015-01-24 20:01 UTC VegasCasinoKid 2015-01-25 00:11 UTC
Rpo.castro Open 2015-01-24 23:03 UTC SLBedit 2015-01-24 23:03 UTC
Absolution provider 1999 Open 2015-01-25 00:11 UTC NeilN 2015-01-25 14:09 UTC
Okramprasantasingh Open 2015-01-25 01:17 UTC Mcmatter 2015-01-25 01:17 UTC
David Beals Open 2015-01-25 04:30 UTC Ian.thomson 2015-01-25 04:30 UTC
Nikhit Reddy Open 2015-01-25 12:02 UTC Bazj 2015-01-25 12:21 UTC
Malik Haseeb Ahmed Open 2015-01-25 13:34 UTC Callanecc 2015-01-25 13:34 UTC Callanecc 2015-01-25 13:34 UTC
WKS Śląsk Wrocław More info req. 2015-01-06 23:47 UTC EdJohnston 2015-01-17 18:33 UTC Mike V 2015-01-11 21:00 UTC
Absakomal Declined (CU) 2015-01-08 06:47 UTC Crow 2015-01-10 17:05 UTC Ponyo 2015-01-08 19:22 UTC
Polylepsis Declined (CU) 2015-01-21 02:16 UTC Ponyo 2015-01-24 00:12 UTC Ponyo 2015-01-24 00:12 UTC
Ratel Declined (CU) 2015-01-23 05:54 UTC ClaudioSantos 2015-01-24 17:27 UTC Ponyo 2015-01-23 23:57 UTC
Mr. Lama On hold 2015-01-12 20:17 UTC Bbb23 2015-01-24 15:54 UTC Bbb23 2015-01-24 15:54 UTC
Drew campbell Closed 2015-01-12 13:43 UTC Bagumba 2015-01-24 00:46 UTC Ponyo 2015-01-14 19:26 UTC
Samever Closed 2015-01-13 03:36 UTC Bbb23 2015-01-24 16:35 UTC Bbb23 2015-01-24 16:35 UTC
Salah44 Closed 2015-01-19 14:32 UTC Mike V 2015-01-24 03:27 UTC Mike V 2015-01-24 03:27 UTC
Mughal Lohar Closed 2015-01-22 15:07 UTC Mike V 2015-01-24 03:21 UTC Mike V 2015-01-24 03:21 UTC
Vhaslhv Closed 2015-01-22 18:08 UTC Teles 2015-01-24 13:35 UTC Salvidrim! 2015-01-23 04:34 UTC
Gabriella~four.3-6 Closed 2015-01-23 03:11 UTC Salvidrim! 2015-01-23 03:23 UTC Salvidrim! 2015-01-23 03:23 UTC
Luckyjeane Closed 2015-01-23 04:52 UTC Salvidrim! 2015-01-24 19:57 UTC Salvidrim! 2015-01-24 19:57 UTC
Link Smurf Closed 2015-01-23 20:53 UTC Bbb23 2015-01-24 21:51 UTC Bbb23 2015-01-24 21:51 UTC
Drbest69 Closed 2015-01-24 02:48 UTC Mike V 2015-01-24 17:29 UTC Mike V 2015-01-24 17:29 UTC
Malhomsi Closed 2015-01-24 11:45 UTC Callanecc 2015-01-24 11:58 UTC Callanecc 2015-01-24 11:58 UTC
GRS73 shitting Closed 2015-01-24 15:51 UTC Salvidrim! 2015-01-24 19:44 UTC Salvidrim! 2015-01-24 19:44 UTC
Hum1969 Closed 2015-01-24 23:40 UTC Bbb23 2015-01-24 23:49 UTC Bbb23 2015-01-24 23:49 UTC
Soapamalkanmaime Closed 2015-01-25 01:02 UTC Bbb23 2015-01-25 01:24 UTC Bbb23 2015-01-25 01:24 UTC
Singdavion Closed 2015-01-25 05:43 UTC DeltaQuad 2015-01-25 05:43 UTC DeltaQuad 2015-01-25 05:43 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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