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.
What is a sockpuppet Sockpuppet Investigations (SPI) What happens in an SPI
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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 to have 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
Bambifan101 relist 2014-03-17 15:42 UTC Callanecc 2014-04-20 15:37 UTC Callanecc 2014-04-20 15:37 UTC
Ilovepitts relist 2014-04-09 17:46 UTC Hillary Scott`love 2014-04-24 19:58 UTC Chase me ladies, I'm the Cavalry 2014-04-20 13:24 UTC
John221989 curequest 2014-04-11 02:45 UTC Atama 2014-04-22 18:46 UTC
Cookiecutteramaru curequest 2014-04-24 22:32 UTC Ferahgo the Assassin 2014-04-24 22:32 UTC
Yogesh Khandke checked 2014-04-15 20:50 UTC Aciddery 2014-04-24 01:37 UTC DoRD 2014-04-23 20:24 UTC
Barakzai1919 checked 2014-04-22 17:30 UTC Ponyo 2014-04-24 18:40 UTC Ponyo 2014-04-24 18:40 UTC
Pnewcomb6384 checked 2014-04-23 00:39 UTC Elockid 2014-04-24 18:43 UTC Elockid 2014-04-24 18:43 UTC
Juliesong checked 2014-04-23 19:32 UTC Ponyo 2014-04-24 16:50 UTC Ponyo 2014-04-24 16:50 UTC
Batka83 checked 2014-04-24 11:03 UTC DoRD 2014-04-24 21:35 UTC DoRD 2014-04-24 21:35 UTC
Quadrat1414 checked 2014-04-24 15:49 UTC Elockid 2014-04-24 18:56 UTC Elockid 2014-04-24 18:56 UTC
LudoVicar open 2014-04-20 19:46 UTC DeCausa 2014-04-24 06:36 UTC
Junohk open 2014-04-21 17:29 UTC DeltaQuad 2014-04-24 12:47 UTC DeltaQuad 2014-04-24 12:47 UTC
ColonelHenry open 2014-04-21 22:37 UTC DoRD 2014-04-22 23:58 UTC DoRD 2014-04-22 23:58 UTC
DC788 open 2014-04-22 04:44 UTC Orlady 2014-04-22 04:45 UTC
TweetiePie1947 open 2014-04-22 22:08 UTC Trivialist 2014-04-22 22:08 UTC
Azul411 open 2014-04-23 22:52 UTC Thucydides411 2014-04-23 22:52 UTC
Afmatpesr open 2014-04-24 17:31 UTC Subtropical-man 2014-04-24 17:39 UTC
Justa Punk open 2014-04-25 00:42 UTC GaryColemanFan 2014-04-25 00:42 UTC
IPhonehurricane95 open 2014-04-25 01:39 UTC LightandDark2000 2014-04-25 01:39 UTC
Rukn950 moreinfo 2014-04-10 16:06 UTC DumbBOT 2014-04-21 00:33 UTC Callanecc 2014-04-20 12:42 UTC
Simanta5000 moreinfo 2014-04-23 19:10 UTC DeltaQuad 2014-04-24 12:38 UTC DeltaQuad 2014-04-24 12:38 UTC
ChildofMidnight hold 2014-04-14 19:40 UTC Valfontis 2014-04-23 19:21 UTC Risker 2014-04-20 23:36 UTC
Waterman12 close 2014-04-18 17:41 UTC Atama 2014-04-22 19:26 UTC
LanguageXpert close 2014-04-20 17:53 UTC King of Hearts 2014-04-24 16:58 UTC King of Hearts 2014-04-24 16:58 UTC
Esahxx close 2014-04-22 17:26 UTC King of Hearts 2014-04-24 19:08 UTC King of Hearts 2014-04-24 19:08 UTC
Wiki brah close 2014-04-23 23:30 UTC DeltaQuad 2014-04-24 17:20 UTC DeltaQuad 2014-04-24 17:20 UTC
Samima khatun close 2014-04-24 05:01 UTC DeltaQuad 2014-04-24 17:51 UTC DeltaQuad 2014-04-24 17:51 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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