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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.
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 a clerk, 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 conduct a technical investigation only 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 may 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.

How to open an investigation:

To open an investigation (or case), enter the user name (or if there isn't one, IP address) of the oldest-created account (the "sockmaster"), or the previous case name, in the box below, then click "Submit". Note: Do not include "User:" or any other commentary.

For example, if the case name is about User:John Doe or a prior case was at Wikipedia:Sockpuppet investigations/John Doe, you should enter John Doe in the box below.

You will then be taken to another page containing a form you must complete to open the investigation. The process for opening a subsequent investigation on the same user is the same as for creating a new case. Again, do not include "User:" in any of the sock or ip fields.

If you also wish a CheckUser to investigate, change |checkuser=no to |checkuser=yes in the edit box on the next page and explain why you are requesting it.

If you are an anonymous (IP address) editor, and the case page is protected or does not exist, please click "show" to the right and use the box below

Cases currently listed at SPI

Investigation Status Date filed Last user to edit case timestamp Last clerk/checkuser to edit case timestamp
Apollo The Logician Endorsed 2017-10-26 18:25 UTC Sro23 2017-11-21 03:06 UTC Sro23 2017-11-21 03:06 UTC
Bobby Martnen Endorsed 2017-11-02 12:16 UTC Piotrus 2017-11-21 05:20 UTC Sro23 2017-11-21 02:30 UTC
123Aristotle Endorsed 2017-11-11 02:20 UTC GeneralizationsAreBad 2017-11-20 18:55 UTC GeneralizationsAreBad 2017-11-20 18:55 UTC
LanguageXpert Relisted 2017-10-23 17:56 UTC SpacemanSpiff 2017-10-29 17:32 UTC GeneralizationsAreBad 2017-10-29 15:26 UTC
Liborbital CU requested 2017-09-23 00:19 UTC Smartse 2017-11-15 19:58 UTC Berean Hunter 2017-10-26 11:04 UTC
Antony1821 CU requested 2017-10-30 14:17 UTC Matthew hk 2017-11-19 05:32 UTC Sir Sputnik 2017-11-09 03:42 UTC
Anatha Gulati CU requested 2017-11-08 13:16 UTC Marvellous Spider-Man 2017-11-10 05:15 UTC
Diana2198 CU requested 2017-11-09 13:52 UTC ScrapIronIV 2017-11-09 14:01 UTC
JimmiCheddar CU requested 2017-11-11 07:47 UTC Gah4 2017-11-19 19:52 UTC
Faizan CU requested 2017-11-11 15:25 UTC MBlaze Lightning 2017-11-16 07:40 UTC
Krada123 CU requested 2017-11-13 20:27 UTC Smartse 2017-11-13 20:27 UTC
HRS395 CU requested 2017-11-15 22:26 UTC Jytdog 2017-11-16 14:18 UTC
Gardo Versace CU requested 2017-11-17 01:53 UTC SwisterTwister 2017-11-17 01:53 UTC
Zoebryce CU requested 2017-11-17 08:18 UTC Mz7 2017-11-20 19:46 UTC
Sky Groove CU requested 2017-11-18 15:56 UTC Arsh 18 2017-11-18 17:12 UTC
Bertrand101 CU requested 2017-11-20 14:07 UTC 197.251.163.32 2017-11-20 14:07 UTC
Pastorflex CU requested 2017-11-20 16:04 UTC Celestina007 2017-11-21 01:57 UTC
Pleaschamp CU completed 2017-08-31 19:34 UTC TonyBallioni 2017-10-13 05:22 UTC Ponyo 2017-09-15 18:42 UTC
Kauffner CU completed 2017-09-15 14:51 UTC DeltaQuad 2017-10-03 08:22 UTC DeltaQuad 2017-10-03 08:22 UTC
Rachel123s CU completed 2017-09-16 17:49 UTC Matthew hk 2017-10-20 08:50 UTC KrakatoaKatie 2017-10-01 14:45 UTC
FlowerStorm48 CU completed 2017-09-17 15:44 UTC Bri 2017-11-18 04:52 UTC QEDK 2017-09-17 15:47 UTC
John Daker CU completed 2017-09-18 20:58 UTC Drmies 2017-10-05 04:39 UTC Drmies 2017-10-05 04:39 UTC
CMCreator900 CU completed 2017-10-09 18:08 UTC TonyBallioni 2017-11-20 14:25 UTC Yunshui 2017-11-20 08:32 UTC
BurritoSlayer CU completed 2017-10-13 05:18 UTC BU Rob13 2017-10-13 14:28 UTC BU Rob13 2017-10-13 14:28 UTC
Commanderofthescript CU completed 2017-10-18 12:45 UTC Ivanvector 2017-11-03 16:49 UTC Ivanvector 2017-11-03 16:49 UTC
Shivamevolution CU completed 2017-10-24 12:04 UTC Berean Hunter 2017-11-04 19:38 UTC Berean Hunter 2017-11-04 19:38 UTC
MassiveYR CU completed 2017-10-25 21:35 UTC SpacemanSpiff 2017-11-14 13:43 UTC BU Rob13 2017-11-11 22:14 UTC
Susana Hodge CU completed 2017-10-31 13:51 UTC Anachronist 2017-11-06 21:15 UTC GeneralizationsAreBad 2017-11-03 00:56 UTC
Evanthel CU completed 2017-11-03 18:05 UTC Berean Hunter 2017-11-13 15:45 UTC Berean Hunter 2017-11-13 15:45 UTC
ManishMuradiya CU completed 2017-11-08 03:27 UTC Berean Hunter 2017-11-09 00:03 UTC Berean Hunter 2017-11-09 00:03 UTC
Wikieditions CU completed 2017-11-08 10:46 UTC Smartse 2017-11-09 13:10 UTC Berean Hunter 2017-11-08 23:55 UTC
Akrumoftruth CU completed 2017-11-08 15:49 UTC BU Rob13 2017-11-11 02:20 UTC BU Rob13 2017-11-11 02:20 UTC
Vierouchka CU completed 2017-11-10 14:27 UTC Berean Hunter 2017-11-12 16:47 UTC Berean Hunter 2017-11-12 16:47 UTC
Kayla994 CU completed 2017-11-14 16:53 UTC NinjaRobotPirate 2017-11-14 19:03 UTC NinjaRobotPirate 2017-11-14 19:03 UTC
Diabedia CU completed 2017-11-14 17:03 UTC GeneralizationsAreBad 2017-11-16 03:00 UTC GeneralizationsAreBad 2017-11-16 03:00 UTC
Hubble CU completed 2017-11-15 21:31 UTC NinjaRobotPirate 2017-11-17 14:36 UTC NinjaRobotPirate 2017-11-17 14:36 UTC
Willschmut CU completed 2017-11-15 22:35 UTC Ivanvector 2017-11-17 14:25 UTC Ivanvector 2017-11-17 14:25 UTC
Mathopo CU completed 2017-11-18 01:35 UTC JohnBlackburne 2017-11-19 13:12 UTC NinjaRobotPirate 2017-11-18 17:37 UTC
Krawtani2600 Open 2017-08-23 12:56 UTC Jupitus Smart 2017-08-24 13:04 UTC
GingerBreadHarlot Open 2017-09-23 19:16 UTC Drmies 2017-09-25 00:40 UTC Drmies 2017-09-25 00:40 UTC
SupernovaeIA Open 2017-10-16 15:37 UTC Sir Sputnik 2017-10-16 15:37 UTC Sir Sputnik 2017-10-16 15:37 UTC
Santos33 Open 2017-10-26 02:23 UTC Jytdog 2017-11-17 20:04 UTC Sro23 2017-10-26 18:54 UTC
RobotRat Open 2017-11-04 10:08 UTC Jytdog 2017-11-05 17:07 UTC
MANOZ GYAASI Open 2017-11-05 13:59 UTC Arjayay 2017-11-20 11:07 UTC
Amfithea Open 2017-11-09 19:51 UTC Chalk19 2017-11-09 20:37 UTC
Attic Salt Open 2017-11-14 03:36 UTC Attic Salt 2017-11-19 17:39 UTC
FreshCorp619 Open 2017-11-19 07:07 UTC Moonriddengirl 2017-11-20 15:23 UTC
Stanitraba Open 2017-11-19 23:06 UTC GeneralizationsAreBad 2017-11-20 01:05 UTC GeneralizationsAreBad 2017-11-20 01:05 UTC
089baby Open 2017-11-21 04:11 UTC Sir Sputnik 2017-11-21 04:11 UTC Sir Sputnik 2017-11-21 04:11 UTC
CindyRoleder Open 2017-11-21 05:49 UTC JimRenge 2017-11-21 06:40 UTC
Thewikisquad Open 2017-11-21 07:13 UTC Kashmiri 2017-11-21 07:14 UTC
Kazaro More info req. 2017-10-23 12:16 UTC Sro23 2017-10-23 15:51 UTC Sro23 2017-10-23 15:51 UTC
Xtremedood More info req. 2017-11-05 20:44 UTC Capitals00 2017-11-12 18:26 UTC Sir Sputnik 2017-11-12 17:05 UTC
HemanGery More info req. 2017-11-09 23:23 UTC Sir Sputnik 2017-11-10 16:52 UTC Sir Sputnik 2017-11-10 16:52 UTC
Dakotaparty More info req. 2017-11-12 23:04 UTC Sir Sputnik 2017-11-17 16:31 UTC Sir Sputnik 2017-11-17 16:31 UTC
Aydinsalis More info req. 2017-11-19 10:17 UTC Sro23 2017-11-21 02:43 UTC Sro23 2017-11-21 02:43 UTC
Williamluk atletico Declined 2017-10-30 22:31 UTC 222.167.166.187 2017-11-14 11:05 UTC Sro23 2017-10-30 22:36 UTC
Skyring Declined 2017-11-17 02:32 UTC Skyring 2017-11-18 05:26 UTC Sir Sputnik 2017-11-17 03:09 UTC
Kazuba Declined 2017-11-17 21:49 UTC Sir Sputnik 2017-11-17 21:51 UTC Sir Sputnik 2017-11-17 21:51 UTC
William Thesing Declined 2017-11-18 13:36 UTC GeneralizationsAreBad 2017-11-18 15:08 UTC GeneralizationsAreBad 2017-11-18 15:08 UTC
Samuraiantiqueworld Declined 2017-11-20 08:58 UTC Sro23 2017-11-21 00:30 UTC Sro23 2017-11-21 00:30 UTC
Taiki0409 Declined 2017-11-21 04:49 UTC Sro23 2017-11-21 05:53 UTC Sro23 2017-11-21 05:53 UTC
RichardPDavis Declined (CU) 2017-10-16 02:23 UTC TonyBallioni 2017-10-19 17:12 UTC Drmies 2017-10-18 15:00 UTC
Jeremy112233 Declined (CU) 2017-11-17 17:44 UTC Athaenara 2017-11-18 22:53 UTC BU Rob13 2017-11-18 01:16 UTC
184.89.144.35 Declined (CU) 2017-11-18 21:31 UTC BU Rob13 2017-11-19 15:47 UTC BU Rob13 2017-11-19 15:47 UTC
Aknanaka On hold 2017-08-13 03:47 UTC BU Rob13 2017-10-14 14:16 UTC BU Rob13 2017-10-14 14:16 UTC
Ewagertrudezelazny On hold 2017-09-02 05:02 UTC KrakatoaKatie 2017-11-19 02:55 UTC KrakatoaKatie 2017-11-19 02:55 UTC
Mehdikhan20 On hold 2017-10-12 18:23 UTC Ivanvector 2017-11-18 16:13 UTC Ivanvector 2017-11-18 16:13 UTC
Tamara787 On hold 2017-10-13 20:37 UTC Berean Hunter 2017-10-29 14:11 UTC Berean Hunter 2017-10-29 14:11 UTC
Stanleytux On hold 2017-10-26 22:26 UTC Ifnord 2017-11-15 01:08 UTC DoRD 2017-11-14 16:33 UTC
WildChild666 On hold 2017-11-16 19:48 UTC Sir Sputnik 2017-11-19 18:59 UTC Sir Sputnik 2017-11-19 18:59 UTC
MbahBotak On hold (CU) 2017-09-15 19:14 UTC Courcelles 2017-09-18 18:51 UTC Courcelles 2017-09-18 18:51 UTC
Shaalabaz On hold (CU) 2017-10-11 17:50 UTC Ivanvector 2017-11-18 16:11 UTC Ivanvector 2017-11-18 16:11 UTC
Ptcloof khan On hold (CU) 2017-10-18 20:12 UTC Yamaguchi先生 2017-10-19 17:30 UTC BU Rob13 2017-10-19 13:23 UTC
Técnico On hold (CU) 2017-10-30 19:18 UTC DrFleischman 2017-11-03 00:45 UTC BU Rob13 2017-11-03 00:05 UTC
Dragoon17cc Closed 2017-08-22 10:58 UTC BU Rob13 2017-10-11 18:11 UTC BU Rob13 2017-10-11 18:11 UTC
Modernrocker4 Closed 2017-09-10 01:40 UTC NinjaRobotPirate 2017-11-21 03:08 UTC NinjaRobotPirate 2017-11-21 03:08 UTC
Cada mori Closed 2017-09-14 10:38 UTC Sir Sputnik 2017-11-10 00:41 UTC Sir Sputnik 2017-11-10 00:41 UTC
Lrednuas Senoroc Closed 2017-09-14 23:25 UTC Sro23 2017-11-21 02:35 UTC Sro23 2017-11-21 02:35 UTC
ExploreWiki Closed 2017-09-20 21:31 UTC Sro23 2017-11-21 02:39 UTC Sro23 2017-11-21 02:39 UTC
Japanelemu Closed 2017-10-04 21:33 UTC Sir Sputnik 2017-11-11 21:36 UTC Sir Sputnik 2017-11-11 21:36 UTC
UnknownPro Closed 2017-10-12 02:21 UTC NinjaRobotPirate 2017-11-21 02:28 UTC NinjaRobotPirate 2017-11-21 02:28 UTC
Domsimsim Closed 2017-10-30 05:13 UTC Sro23 2017-11-21 02:13 UTC Sro23 2017-11-21 02:13 UTC
Lilianarice Closed 2017-10-30 14:53 UTC Ivanvector 2017-11-15 14:05 UTC Ivanvector 2017-11-15 14:05 UTC
Kirtesh123 Closed 2017-11-01 16:38 UTC GeneralizationsAreBad 2017-11-21 01:03 UTC GeneralizationsAreBad 2017-11-21 01:03 UTC
SNIyer12 Closed 2017-11-02 00:20 UTC Bagumba 2017-11-19 19:59 UTC
Onghai1929 Closed 2017-11-04 19:08 UTC Sro23 2017-11-21 02:06 UTC Sro23 2017-11-21 02:06 UTC
BluesFan1930 Closed 2017-11-09 19:04 UTC NinjaRobotPirate 2017-11-21 02:31 UTC NinjaRobotPirate 2017-11-21 02:31 UTC
Graham Ceca Kiwis Closed 2017-11-11 23:27 UTC NinjaRobotPirate 2017-11-21 03:13 UTC NinjaRobotPirate 2017-11-21 03:13 UTC
Supreme Genghis Khan Closed 2017-11-14 10:58 UTC Vanjagenije 2017-11-14 10:58 UTC Vanjagenije 2017-11-14 10:58 UTC
Johnleecg Closed 2017-11-14 20:15 UTC Sro23 2017-11-21 01:58 UTC Sro23 2017-11-21 01:58 UTC
Editorofthepage1 Closed 2017-11-21 01:18 UTC Sro23 2017-11-21 02:45 UTC Sro23 2017-11-21 02:45 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 email 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}}

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