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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 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 require a CheckUser to investigate, change |checkuser=no to |checkuser=yes in the edit box on the next page.

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
Ejohari Endorsed 2016-09-27 16:48 UTC Vanjagenije 2016-09-29 07:55 UTC Vanjagenije 2016-09-29 07:55 UTC
Filipz123 Endorsed 2016-09-29 01:51 UTC Burninthruthesky 2016-09-29 08:20 UTC Vanjagenije 2016-09-29 07:54 UTC
Fangusu Endorsed 2016-09-29 03:57 UTC Vanjagenije 2016-09-29 07:53 UTC Vanjagenije 2016-09-29 07:53 UTC
LanguageXpert CU completed 2016-08-06 12:33 UTC Sro23 2016-09-24 22:52 UTC Bbb23 2016-08-06 14:36 UTC
Papaursa CU completed 2016-08-27 16:49 UTC Papaursa 2016-09-14 05:36 UTC Bbb23 2016-08-28 00:31 UTC
Nagendra NJ CU completed 2016-09-19 18:44 UTC Ponyo 2016-09-19 23:30 UTC Ponyo 2016-09-19 23:30 UTC
Ahmed maher saddam CU completed 2016-09-19 22:46 UTC Ponyo 2016-09-22 22:45 UTC Ponyo 2016-09-22 22:45 UTC
MegaMan1988 CU completed 2016-09-27 22:27 UTC Bbb23 2016-09-28 10:10 UTC Bbb23 2016-09-28 10:10 UTC
Hiyob346 Open 2016-07-28 00:50 UTC Bbb23 2016-09-15 14:45 UTC Bbb23 2016-09-15 14:45 UTC
Ne0Freedom Open 2016-09-15 15:47 UTC Fortuna Imperatrix Mundi 2016-09-20 13:15 UTC Doug Weller 2016-09-15 20:57 UTC
Steveadcuk Open 2016-09-19 19:23 UTC Mkdw 2016-09-23 20:28 UTC GeneralizationsAreBad 2016-09-20 15:33 UTC
Laibwart Open 2016-09-24 22:16 UTC ZH8000 2016-09-24 22:16 UTC
Chase2na Open 2016-09-25 17:12 UTC EvergreenFir 2016-09-25 17:12 UTC
98.219.220.18 Open 2016-09-25 23:50 UTC Bbb23 2016-09-26 23:44 UTC Bbb23 2016-09-26 23:44 UTC
TreCoolGuy Open 2016-09-27 13:42 UTC Darkknight2149 2016-09-28 03:49 UTC
Tinypunyisland Open 2016-09-27 17:42 UTC BilCat 2016-09-27 17:58 UTC
194.30.139.109 Open 2016-09-27 20:47 UTC Brianhe 2016-09-27 22:34 UTC
49.180.157.167 Open 2016-09-28 05:20 UTC Gestrid 2016-09-29 06:12 UTC Callanecc 2016-09-29 06:09 UTC
Rachellegeneroso Open 2016-09-29 09:36 UTC Linguist111 2016-09-29 09:36 UTC
Alan Gregson Open 2016-09-29 10:12 UTC McGeddon 2016-09-29 10:28 UTC
Profooty33 More info req. 2016-09-28 14:48 UTC Sir Sputnik 2016-09-29 01:56 UTC Vanjagenije 2016-09-28 19:46 UTC
HughD More info req. 2016-09-28 20:22 UTC Vanjagenije 2016-09-28 21:55 UTC Vanjagenije 2016-09-28 21:55 UTC
Daniel Kobe Ricks Jr More info req. (CU) 2016-09-19 19:55 UTC Risker 2016-09-19 21:15 UTC Risker 2016-09-19 21:15 UTC
Renameduser024 Declined 2016-08-29 17:58 UTC Jytdog 2016-09-16 02:27 UTC Richwales 2016-09-02 05:37 UTC
HRA1924 Declined 2016-09-11 12:57 UTC Richwales 2016-09-18 03:44 UTC Richwales 2016-09-18 03:44 UTC
Yukileoo Declined 2016-09-18 04:11 UTC Richwales 2016-09-18 04:36 UTC Richwales 2016-09-18 04:36 UTC
Jeneral28 Declined (CU) 2016-08-16 12:59 UTC Drmies 2016-09-27 22:13 UTC Drmies 2016-09-27 22:13 UTC
WayneRay Declined (CU) 2016-08-30 02:35 UTC The Master 2016-09-16 00:41 UTC Vanjagenije 2016-09-14 18:36 UTC
IIvIIozzie Declined (CU) 2016-09-02 19:48 UTC Bbb23 2016-09-02 19:48 UTC Bbb23 2016-09-02 19:48 UTC
AnnLivinova Declined (CU) 2016-09-08 19:47 UTC Bbb23 2016-09-10 12:23 UTC Bbb23 2016-09-10 12:23 UTC
Edday1051 Awaiting admin 2016-09-15 21:43 UTC L235 2016-09-25 23:26 UTC L235 2016-09-25 23:26 UTC
Tshavis Awaiting admin 2016-09-18 17:39 UTC Vanjagenije 2016-09-28 21:47 UTC Vanjagenije 2016-09-28 21:47 UTC
Editor 2050 Awaiting admin 2016-09-22 02:00 UTC Ivanvector 2016-09-26 00:00 UTC Ivanvector 2016-09-26 00:00 UTC
D47817 Closed 2016-09-16 07:09 UTC Vanjagenije 2016-09-29 07:44 UTC Vanjagenije 2016-09-29 07:44 UTC
Simran1993 Closed 2016-09-21 14:53 UTC Vanjagenije 2016-09-22 18:16 UTC Vanjagenije 2016-09-22 18:16 UTC
37.77.51.189 Closed 2016-09-22 00:25 UTC Vanjagenije 2016-09-25 20:11 UTC Vanjagenije 2016-09-25 20:11 UTC
Bobby Boulders~enwiki Closed 2016-09-22 14:22 UTC Vanjagenije 2016-09-22 18:01 UTC Vanjagenije 2016-09-22 18:01 UTC
Sveltewallet Closed 2016-09-22 20:39 UTC Vanjagenije 2016-09-29 08:13 UTC Vanjagenije 2016-09-29 08:13 UTC
Couponpitara Closed 2016-09-24 08:08 UTC Vanjagenije 2016-09-29 08:09 UTC Vanjagenije 2016-09-29 08:09 UTC
Dapsee2010 Closed 2016-09-24 10:27 UTC Vanjagenije 2016-09-28 21:59 UTC Vanjagenije 2016-09-28 21:59 UTC
Garnerted Closed 2016-09-24 17:12 UTC Vanjagenije 2016-09-25 20:09 UTC Vanjagenije 2016-09-25 20:09 UTC
Archit Archit Closed 2016-09-24 23:48 UTC Vanjagenije 2016-09-25 20:07 UTC Vanjagenije 2016-09-25 20:07 UTC
Dbdb Closed 2016-09-26 23:31 UTC Vanjagenije 2016-09-28 20:05 UTC Vanjagenije 2016-09-28 20:05 UTC
Madyanja Closed 2016-09-27 13:38 UTC Vanjagenije 2016-09-28 20:09 UTC Vanjagenije 2016-09-28 20:09 UTC
88.4.158.253 Closed 2016-09-27 14:55 UTC Vanjagenije 2016-09-28 19:59 UTC Vanjagenije 2016-09-28 19:59 UTC
Becashan Closed 2016-09-27 19:17 UTC Vanjagenije 2016-09-28 21:45 UTC Vanjagenije 2016-09-28 21:45 UTC
Fingerscronin Closed 2016-09-27 21:39 UTC Vanjagenije 2016-09-28 19:54 UTC Vanjagenije 2016-09-28 19:54 UTC
Suvision Closed 2016-09-28 10:44 UTC Vanjagenije 2016-09-28 19:42 UTC Vanjagenije 2016-09-28 19:42 UTC
Daddyhull Closed 2016-09-28 11:20 UTC Vanjagenije 2016-09-28 19:43 UTC Vanjagenije 2016-09-28 19:43 UTC
Sivaakumarr Closed 2016-09-28 18:15 UTC Vanjagenije 2016-09-28 21:57 UTC Vanjagenije 2016-09-28 21:57 UTC
Ninni89 Closed 2016-09-28 19:35 UTC Vanjagenije 2016-09-28 19:36 UTC Vanjagenije 2016-09-28 19:36 UTC
Blahhhas Closed 2016-09-28 20:12 UTC Vanjagenije 2016-09-28 20:13 UTC Vanjagenije 2016-09-28 20:13 UTC
Askme11 Closed 2016-09-28 21:14 UTC Vanjagenije 2016-09-28 21:41 UTC Vanjagenije 2016-09-28 21:41 UTC
Muhdamin10 Closed 2016-09-28 21:49 UTC Vanjagenije 2016-09-28 21:50 UTC Vanjagenije 2016-09-28 21:50 UTC
The abominable Wiki troll Closed 2016-09-29 05:54 UTC Vanjagenije 2016-09-29 07:48 UTC Vanjagenije 2016-09-29 07:48 UTC
Kingshowman Closed 2016-09-29 09:43 UTC Favonian 2016-09-29 09:46 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}}

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