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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 pages that the accounts 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.

Note: You can also open an investigation using Twinkle if you are autoconfirmed. After installing Twinkle, an "ARV" option will appear in the "TW" tab on any user, user talk, or user contributions page. Clicking on this option and selecting either "Sockpuppeteer" or "Sockpuppet" will allow you to fill in a few simple fields to file a report. The report will be automatically formatted for you.

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
Shiwam Kumar Sriwastaw Endorsed 2019-06-13 06:51 UTC GSS 2019-07-21 16:22 UTC 1997kB 2019-07-21 15:49 UTC
Bertrand101 CU requested 2019-07-18 14:51 UTC Daiyusha 2019-07-20 16:55 UTC
Rockypedia CU requested 2019-07-18 18:29 UTC Endymion.12 2019-07-19 15:52 UTC
BoxingWear CU requested 2019-07-20 23:17 UTC Antandrus 2019-07-20 23:38 UTC
Kmarsus CU requested 2019-07-21 05:55 UTC Vinegarymass911 2019-07-21 05:59 UTC
Renamed user 2560613081 CU requested 2019-07-21 06:46 UTC Incnis Mrsi 2019-07-21 18:30 UTC
Yahadzija CU requested 2019-07-21 16:27 UTC PlyrStar93 2019-07-21 16:27 UTC
Pptt226 CU completed 2019-06-15 09:36 UTC Bbb23 2019-06-29 14:24 UTC Bbb23 2019-06-29 14:24 UTC
Freeboy200 CU completed 2019-06-28 03:00 UTC Berean Hunter 2019-07-01 08:45 UTC Berean Hunter 2019-07-01 08:45 UTC
Husayn Shah Mirza CU completed 2019-06-29 17:44 UTC Berean Hunter 2019-07-14 18:35 UTC Berean Hunter 2019-07-14 18:35 UTC
Longrunsthefox CU completed 2019-07-01 16:03 UTC Longrunsthefox 2019-07-15 11:23 UTC TonyBallioni 2019-07-03 06:00 UTC
Dgoldentyer CU completed 2019-07-03 00:06 UTC Bbb23 2019-07-14 15:23 UTC Bbb23 2019-07-14 15:23 UTC
Saladin1987 CU completed 2019-07-05 21:56 UTC Bbb23 2019-07-10 15:42 UTC Bbb23 2019-07-10 15:42 UTC
Alexkyoung CU completed 2019-07-07 05:23 UTC Kanguole 2019-07-15 09:10 UTC Berean Hunter 2019-07-13 12:42 UTC
Karkanistan CU completed 2019-07-08 13:36 UTC Berean Hunter 2019-07-20 15:51 UTC Berean Hunter 2019-07-20 15:51 UTC
Researchamerica CU completed 2019-07-10 17:35 UTC Bbb23 2019-07-10 17:48 UTC Bbb23 2019-07-10 17:48 UTC
Rimsroot CU completed 2019-07-16 10:56 UTC TonyBallioni 2019-07-16 16:13 UTC TonyBallioni 2019-07-16 16:13 UTC
Cmsfreiberufler CU completed 2019-07-18 12:16 UTC Bbb23 2019-07-19 19:12 UTC Bbb23 2019-07-19 19:12 UTC
BlaccCrab Open 2019-06-28 18:21 UTC Praxidicae 2019-06-28 18:21 UTC
Ramskq Open 2019-07-03 14:24 UTC Deacon Vorbis 2019-07-03 14:24 UTC
Ck4829 Open 2019-07-06 13:05 UTC Bacondrum 2019-07-10 02:00 UTC
Amvivek Open 2019-07-07 20:39 UTC Bbb23 2019-07-07 20:39 UTC Bbb23 2019-07-07 20:39 UTC
Aashu27 Open 2019-07-09 16:28 UTC GSS 2019-07-09 16:28 UTC
Safaque Open 2019-07-09 19:24 UTC Bri.public 2019-07-09 22:52 UTC
Abdulaziz999982 Open 2019-07-10 02:18 UTC Stvbastian 2019-07-10 02:18 UTC
Iknowallsecrets Open 2019-07-12 00:20 UTC Woodroar 2019-07-12 00:50 UTC
Wikimucker Open 2019-07-13 12:19 UTC Britishfinance 2019-07-13 18:08 UTC
WIKIZILE Open 2019-07-14 09:40 UTC Bakazaka 2019-07-15 21:27 UTC
S.A.Database Open 2019-07-16 14:18 UTC Praxidicae 2019-07-16 14:57 UTC
Anky95 Open 2019-07-16 17:55 UTC ST47 2019-07-16 18:00 UTC
Balljgh Open 2019-07-17 00:06 UTC ShelbyMarion 2019-07-19 12:40 UTC
BoogieFreeman Open 2019-07-17 12:51 UTC Wikibenboy94 2019-07-18 12:10 UTC GeneralizationsAreBad 2019-07-18 02:12 UTC
Caparound Open 2019-07-18 04:57 UTC MER-C 2019-07-18 19:59 UTC
Oreratile1207 Open 2019-07-18 06:01 UTC GSS 2019-07-18 06:08 UTC
Mildred huxtetter Open 2019-07-20 22:02 UTC Geraldo Perez 2019-07-21 15:07 UTC
Ufufcguc Open 2019-07-21 04:30 UTC NinjaRobotPirate 2019-07-21 14:01 UTC NinjaRobotPirate 2019-07-21 14:01 UTC
DB Dilan Brechero Open 2019-07-21 04:38 UTC Eik Corell 2019-07-21 04:38 UTC
Aakashcla Open 2019-07-21 04:39 UTC Eik Corell 2019-07-21 04:39 UTC
Nafeby633 Open 2019-07-21 04:41 UTC Eik Corell 2019-07-21 04:41 UTC
Regice2020 Open 2019-07-21 13:18 UTC 2A01:CB08:8AED:E00:292F:1301:D891:173F 2019-07-21 15:42 UTC
Djkm314 Open 2019-07-21 13:27 UTC GSS 2019-07-21 13:27 UTC
SudheerTelaprolu Open 2019-07-21 13:39 UTC Ymblanter 2019-07-21 13:39 UTC
Jkmarold55 Open 2019-07-21 13:58 UTC NinjaRobotPirate 2019-07-21 13:58 UTC NinjaRobotPirate 2019-07-21 13:58 UTC
Fargo44 Open 2019-07-21 13:59 UTC NinjaRobotPirate 2019-07-21 13:59 UTC NinjaRobotPirate 2019-07-21 13:59 UTC
Kabir Vaghela Open 2019-07-21 13:59 UTC NinjaRobotPirate 2019-07-21 13:59 UTC NinjaRobotPirate 2019-07-21 13:59 UTC
Maasuni More info req. 2019-07-10 11:07 UTC Vanjagenije 2019-07-11 14:17 UTC Vanjagenije 2019-07-11 14:17 UTC
The.National.Identity.Message More info req. 2019-07-20 11:40 UTC Vanjagenije 2019-07-20 12:07 UTC Vanjagenije 2019-07-20 12:07 UTC
Cadetrain More info req. (CU) 2019-07-18 13:45 UTC Elcobbola 2019-07-18 14:49 UTC DeltaQuad 2019-07-18 13:46 UTC
Wilzz99 Declined (CU) 2019-06-19 10:26 UTC Bbb23 2019-06-19 11:26 UTC Bbb23 2019-06-19 11:26 UTC
Fanandthelights Declined (CU) 2019-06-22 18:05 UTC Bbb23 2019-06-22 21:16 UTC Bbb23 2019-06-22 21:16 UTC
Anglo Pyramidologist Declined (CU) 2019-07-03 12:26 UTC Pudeo 2019-07-14 17:25 UTC Bbb23 2019-07-12 16:51 UTC
Кориоланыч Declined (CU) 2019-07-03 15:26 UTC Bbb23 2019-07-03 15:47 UTC Bbb23 2019-07-03 15:47 UTC
AhamBrahmasmi Declined (CU) 2019-07-12 13:48 UTC Sir Sputnik 2019-07-21 01:01 UTC Sir Sputnik 2019-07-21 01:01 UTC
Cweeks323 Declined (CU) 2019-07-14 15:48 UTC DeltaQuad 2019-07-16 07:00 UTC DeltaQuad 2019-07-16 07:00 UTC
RM Fleming, MD Declined (CU) 2019-07-18 16:45 UTC Salvio giuliano 2019-07-18 20:56 UTC Salvio giuliano 2019-07-18 20:56 UTC
Hugh 3476 Declined (CU) 2019-07-21 01:19 UTC Bbb23 2019-07-21 13:31 UTC Bbb23 2019-07-21 13:31 UTC
JideAluko On hold (CU) 2019-07-14 11:15 UTC Bbb23 2019-07-14 14:06 UTC Bbb23 2019-07-14 14:06 UTC
Kkm010 On hold (CU) 2019-07-20 05:47 UTC Begoon 2019-07-20 15:46 UTC Bbb23 2019-07-20 15:40 UTC
Iqbaliu Closed 2019-07-10 18:54 UTC Sir Sputnik 2019-07-21 01:08 UTC Sir Sputnik 2019-07-21 01:08 UTC
RukshanaNewa Closed 2019-07-13 21:30 UTC Vanjagenije 2019-07-21 00:40 UTC Vanjagenije 2019-07-21 00:40 UTC
حمید میرزایی Closed 2019-07-19 16:06 UTC 1997kB 2019-07-19 16:14 UTC 1997kB 2019-07-19 16:14 UTC
NorthBySouthBaranof Closed 2019-07-21 17:38 UTC Bbb23 2019-07-21 18:24 UTC Bbb23 2019-07-21 18:24 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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