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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
Jasleen Ahluwalia Endorsed 2018-10-02 10:06 UTC Sir Sputnik 2018-10-05 17:11 UTC Sir Sputnik 2018-10-05 17:11 UTC
TotallyNotSuspicious Endorsed 2018-10-12 23:41 UTC TonyBallioni 2018-10-14 20:09 UTC TonyBallioni 2018-10-14 20:09 UTC
DJ Kamal Mustafa CU requested 2018-10-11 15:45 UTC 1997kB 2018-10-12 01:22 UTC Bbb23 2018-10-11 17:13 UTC
Annasdottir CU requested 2018-10-11 19:48 UTC EvergreenFir 2018-10-11 20:09 UTC
Benniejets CU requested 2018-10-13 18:45 UTC Adamgerber80 2018-10-13 18:45 UTC
Belarubobonke CU requested 2018-10-14 14:56 UTC Atlantic306 2018-10-14 15:19 UTC
MrStefanWolf CU requested 2018-10-14 16:07 UTC ToBeFree 2018-10-14 16:07 UTC
Gpkp CU completed 2018-08-15 00:27 UTC Yunshui 2018-09-14 13:30 UTC Yunshui 2018-09-14 13:30 UTC
Upendra Dhuriya CU completed 2018-08-21 08:24 UTC DeltaQuad 2018-09-28 04:50 UTC DeltaQuad 2018-09-28 04:50 UTC
Sidluk CU completed 2018-08-28 11:43 UTC Berean Hunter 2018-09-02 18:21 UTC Berean Hunter 2018-09-02 18:21 UTC
Rk566RUFine CU completed 2018-09-14 15:34 UTC Bbb23 2018-09-24 12:00 UTC Bbb23 2018-09-24 12:00 UTC
Blossom Ozurumba CU completed 2018-09-17 14:33 UTC Bbb23 2018-09-17 15:32 UTC Bbb23 2018-09-17 15:32 UTC
Buddhakahika CU completed 2018-09-23 19:27 UTC Bbb23 2018-10-14 18:27 UTC Bbb23 2018-10-14 18:27 UTC
Oluwa2Chainz CU completed 2018-09-26 20:11 UTC Berean Hunter 2018-10-10 22:56 UTC Berean Hunter 2018-10-10 22:56 UTC
Bmunir.pak CU completed 2018-09-29 19:51 UTC Berean Hunter 2018-10-09 11:19 UTC Berean Hunter 2018-10-09 11:19 UTC
A bicyclette CU completed 2018-09-30 03:25 UTC Deskana 2018-10-03 08:15 UTC Deskana 2018-10-03 08:15 UTC
Hisham Baeshen CU completed 2018-10-05 08:13 UTC Bbb23 2018-10-09 14:41 UTC Bbb23 2018-10-09 14:41 UTC
Markdabeast1 CU completed 2018-10-05 14:12 UTC Edgar181 2018-10-05 18:16 UTC Bbb23 2018-10-05 17:47 UTC
JimKrause CU completed 2018-10-06 17:19 UTC Atlantic306 2018-10-09 17:26 UTC AGK 2018-10-09 08:35 UTC
Slowking4 CU completed 2018-10-07 04:05 UTC AGK 2018-10-09 20:33 UTC AGK 2018-10-09 20:33 UTC
Lianz1991 CU completed 2018-10-10 00:28 UTC Bbb23 2018-10-10 01:16 UTC Bbb23 2018-10-10 01:16 UTC
Categorica CU completed 2018-10-11 04:15 UTC Bbb23 2018-10-11 17:24 UTC Bbb23 2018-10-11 17:24 UTC
ProfessorJane CU completed 2018-10-11 19:07 UTC Zanhe 2018-10-11 23:28 UTC Bbb23 2018-10-11 22:37 UTC
R213P CU completed 2018-10-12 01:26 UTC Bbb23 2018-10-12 15:42 UTC Bbb23 2018-10-12 15:42 UTC
Vijaysuthar008877 Open 2018-08-07 04:28 UTC There'sNoTime 2018-10-13 17:52 UTC There'sNoTime 2018-10-13 17:52 UTC
Mohamed Ouda Open 2018-08-30 10:10 UTC Favonian 2018-10-07 18:21 UTC Oshwah 2018-10-03 09:49 UTC
Billy Liakopoulos Open 2018-09-01 19:38 UTC Gareth 2018-10-12 15:01 UTC Oshwah 2018-10-03 09:48 UTC
Makhamakhi Open 2018-09-07 22:54 UTC Oshwah 2018-10-03 09:48 UTC Oshwah 2018-10-03 09:48 UTC
Wikilover2604 Open 2018-09-12 00:40 UTC DumbBOT 2018-10-03 12:45 UTC Berean Hunter 2018-09-22 18:51 UTC
Simbalillyoreo Open 2018-09-12 07:23 UTC Kpgjhpjm 2018-10-12 11:50 UTC Oshwah 2018-10-03 09:50 UTC
Azeemboboy Open 2018-09-12 13:53 UTC SkyGazer 512 2018-10-03 12:29 UTC Drmies 2018-10-02 20:21 UTC
Valerie Smaldone Open 2018-09-13 01:57 UTC SkyGazer 512 2018-10-03 12:29 UTC Drmies 2018-10-02 20:21 UTC
Bigwheel1221 Open 2018-09-15 04:09 UTC Serial Number 54129 2018-10-08 09:56 UTC Drmies 2018-09-23 20:32 UTC
Vijay9699 Open 2018-09-17 18:35 UTC Kpgjhpjm 2018-10-12 11:50 UTC Bbb23 2018-09-24 18:28 UTC
Branflakes452701 Open 2018-09-19 19:55 UTC Impru20 2018-10-07 15:13 UTC Bbb23 2018-09-19 23:59 UTC
Middayexpress Open 2018-09-19 22:28 UTC Sir Sputnik 2018-10-02 20:21 UTC Sir Sputnik 2018-10-02 20:21 UTC
Lisarobrien Open 2018-09-21 04:49 UTC Drmies 2018-10-02 20:21 UTC Drmies 2018-10-02 20:21 UTC
Abhishek4889 Open 2018-09-22 05:41 UTC GSS 2018-10-07 13:31 UTC
Nabeelkallayil Open 2018-09-22 08:24 UTC Gogo Dodo 2018-09-23 17:33 UTC
ILLUMIER2908 Open 2018-09-22 16:08 UTC SkyGazer 512 2018-10-03 12:34 UTC GeneralizationsAreBad 2018-09-22 16:13 UTC
Shadowoneone Open 2018-09-24 07:26 UTC SounderBruce 2018-10-03 06:06 UTC Callanecc 2018-10-03 06:01 UTC
Dhirenmb Open 2018-09-24 10:52 UTC TonyBallioni 2018-09-27 22:20 UTC TonyBallioni 2018-09-27 22:20 UTC
Pitviper87 Open 2018-09-26 15:15 UTC Areaseven 2018-09-26 15:15 UTC
Kaufman1111 Open 2018-09-26 16:00 UTC Praxidicae 2018-09-29 18:51 UTC
Pastorflex Open 2018-09-26 17:47 UTC Serial Number 54129 2018-10-08 09:56 UTC
Menj Open 2018-09-26 19:27 UTC Praxidicae 2018-09-29 18:50 UTC
Koov Open 2018-09-27 12:35 UTC Epicgenius 2018-09-27 12:35 UTC
Mrashid364 Open 2018-09-27 22:30 UTC Kashmiri 2018-09-27 22:30 UTC
Chandu Kumar Potter Open 2018-09-28 20:03 UTC GSS 2018-09-30 11:01 UTC There'sNoTime 2018-09-29 15:49 UTC
CensoredScribe Open 2018-09-29 18:38 UTC Drmies 2018-10-02 20:21 UTC Drmies 2018-10-02 20:21 UTC
StanLoonaOrElse Open 2018-09-30 00:34 UTC Lojbanist 2018-09-30 01:02 UTC
Giovannix94 Open 2018-10-01 01:33 UTC Sir Sputnik 2018-10-02 20:20 UTC Sir Sputnik 2018-10-02 20:20 UTC
Jimmysonoma Open 2018-10-01 14:25 UTC Sir Sputnik 2018-10-02 20:20 UTC Sir Sputnik 2018-10-02 20:20 UTC
Rtjfan Open 2018-10-01 21:48 UTC Sir Sputnik 2018-10-02 20:20 UTC Sir Sputnik 2018-10-02 20:20 UTC
Ron liebman Open 2018-10-01 23:00 UTC There'sNoTime 2018-10-02 20:03 UTC There'sNoTime 2018-10-02 20:03 UTC
YoungDylan Open 2018-10-02 08:14 UTC There'sNoTime 2018-10-02 20:03 UTC There'sNoTime 2018-10-02 20:03 UTC
Asghar Adam Open 2018-10-03 11:56 UTC Bbb23 2018-10-03 13:22 UTC Bbb23 2018-10-03 13:22 UTC
Pank851988 Open 2018-10-03 18:57 UTC GSS 2018-10-03 18:57 UTC
Harsh7agl Open 2018-10-05 08:39 UTC Serial Number 54129 2018-10-08 09:56 UTC
Kikkoman01 Open 2018-10-06 09:39 UTC Serial Number 54129 2018-10-08 09:56 UTC
Abhinand1234 Open 2018-10-06 15:29 UTC Serial Number 54129 2018-10-08 09:56 UTC
Richard Daft Open 2018-10-07 22:03 UTC AssociateAffiliate 2018-10-12 22:22 UTC
Arnav19 Open 2018-10-08 14:55 UTC Cyphoidbomb 2018-10-08 14:59 UTC
Penceralexander Open 2018-10-10 16:43 UTC Newslinger 2018-10-12 01:21 UTC
Sreenathaywenz Open 2018-10-10 16:46 UTC GSS 2018-10-10 16:49 UTC
Aigbokhan Chukwuemeka Ogbeiwi Open 2018-10-10 17:45 UTC Rosguill 2018-10-10 17:45 UTC
Madvillain2009 Open 2018-10-11 18:50 UTC 153.205.76.225 2018-10-11 18:50 UTC
Fujiko Pro Open 2018-10-11 20:24 UTC TheFarix 2018-10-11 20:24 UTC
Ethio07 Open 2018-10-11 22:22 UTC Turtlewong 2018-10-11 22:23 UTC
Conrailman4122 Open 2018-10-11 22:23 UTC Pi.1415926535 2018-10-11 22:23 UTC
Everlearningonline Open 2018-10-12 00:06 UTC Theinstantmatrix 2018-10-12 00:10 UTC
RafikiSykes Open 2018-10-12 11:55 UTC Excirial 2018-10-12 11:55 UTC
Musicbyac Open 2018-10-12 14:02 UTC Ebyabe 2018-10-12 14:02 UTC
Liborbital Open 2018-10-12 14:11 UTC Saqib 2018-10-12 17:06 UTC
Skillsameh4 Open 2018-10-12 19:00 UTC Robert McClenon 2018-10-12 19:00 UTC
FifthHouseGuy Open 2018-10-13 10:16 UTC GSS 2018-10-13 15:48 UTC
Faridullah zargy Open 2018-10-13 17:29 UTC Saqib 2018-10-14 04:37 UTC
Shiwam Kumar Sriwastaw Open 2018-10-13 17:50 UTC GSS 2018-10-14 12:03 UTC GeneralizationsAreBad 2018-10-13 18:03 UTC
Boyhoodjams Open 2018-10-13 17:50 UTC GeneralizationsAreBad 2018-10-14 17:59 UTC GeneralizationsAreBad 2018-10-14 17:59 UTC
Phnom Penh Skyline Open 2018-10-14 19:13 UTC Onel5969 2018-10-14 19:13 UTC
Madnk Open 2018-10-14 19:53 UTC Dreamy Jazz 2018-10-14 20:21 UTC
GoldenPi Declined 2018-09-28 02:47 UTC Sir Sputnik 2018-09-28 23:25 UTC Sir Sputnik 2018-09-28 23:25 UTC
Seinomika Declined 2018-10-08 10:37 UTC Sir Sputnik 2018-10-08 14:28 UTC Sir Sputnik 2018-10-08 14:28 UTC
Scenography center Declined (CU) 2018-09-15 21:09 UTC Bbb23 2018-09-15 22:03 UTC Bbb23 2018-09-15 22:03 UTC
Amymurg Declined (CU) 2018-09-21 19:48 UTC Bbb23 2018-09-21 20:23 UTC Bbb23 2018-09-21 20:23 UTC
Spiritualbanda Declined (CU) 2018-09-23 05:29 UTC DeltaQuad 2018-09-28 05:00 UTC DeltaQuad 2018-09-28 05:00 UTC
O1lI0 Declined (CU) 2018-09-24 23:43 UTC Bbb23 2018-09-25 12:50 UTC Bbb23 2018-09-25 12:50 UTC
Billy Hathorn Declined (CU) 2018-10-02 19:12 UTC GeneralizationsAreBad 2018-10-07 01:03 UTC GeneralizationsAreBad 2018-10-07 01:03 UTC
Creativefinch Declined (CU) 2018-10-05 21:42 UTC AGK 2018-10-09 07:22 UTC AGK 2018-10-09 07:22 UTC
Chernobog95 Declined (CU) 2018-10-08 22:21 UTC Bbb23 2018-10-08 23:20 UTC Bbb23 2018-10-08 23:20 UTC
Fustos Awaiting clerk 2018-09-01 17:52 UTC Fortunatestars 2018-09-09 00:02 UTC Sir Sputnik 2018-09-02 18:15 UTC
Acxesify Awaiting clerk 2018-09-16 16:16 UTC Bbb23 2018-09-17 00:42 UTC Bbb23 2018-09-17 00:42 UTC
Brianfagan4 Awaiting clerk 2018-09-24 20:36 UTC Sir Sputnik 2018-09-26 23:33 UTC Sir Sputnik 2018-09-26 23:33 UTC
Obari2Kay Awaiting clerk 2018-10-02 07:32 UTC TonyBallioni 2018-10-10 22:49 UTC TonyBallioni 2018-10-10 22:49 UTC
PhoenixS15 On hold (CU) 2018-10-10 02:29 UTC Berean Hunter 2018-10-10 03:04 UTC Berean Hunter 2018-10-10 03:04 UTC
123.124.233.241 Closed 2018-09-10 10:05 UTC TonyBallioni 2018-10-10 05:40 UTC TonyBallioni 2018-10-10 05:40 UTC
Paektu Closed 2018-09-21 23:51 UTC GeneralizationsAreBad 2018-10-03 18:06 UTC GeneralizationsAreBad 2018-10-03 18:06 UTC
Marksingley Closed 2018-10-01 21:58 UTC Ivanvector 2018-10-01 23:37 UTC Ivanvector 2018-10-01 23:37 UTC
Artistseries Closed 2018-10-03 06:02 UTC Callanecc 2018-10-03 06:03 UTC Callanecc 2018-10-03 06:03 UTC
Bertrand101 Closed 2018-10-06 00:50 UTC TonyBallioni 2018-10-14 03:22 UTC TonyBallioni 2018-10-14 03:22 UTC
Raymondskie99 Closed 2018-10-10 23:48 UTC Sro23 2018-10-13 03:34 UTC Sro23 2018-10-13 03:34 UTC
Hehwjs Closed 2018-10-12 15:34 UTC L235 2018-10-13 03:24 UTC L235 2018-10-13 03:24 UTC
John Kwiecinski Closed 2018-10-13 05:11 UTC Sir Sputnik 2018-10-13 16:59 UTC Sir Sputnik 2018-10-13 16:59 UTC
Ephraim Nashat Closed 2018-10-13 09:05 UTC Sir Sputnik 2018-10-13 15:00 UTC Sir Sputnik 2018-10-13 15:00 UTC
Champua India Closed 2018-10-13 10:24 UTC DMacks 2018-10-13 20:40 UTC Sir Sputnik 2018-10-13 15:02 UTC
Scope creep Closed 2018-10-13 15:03 UTC Sir Sputnik 2018-10-13 15:04 UTC Sir Sputnik 2018-10-13 15:04 UTC
Lapitavenator Closed 2018-10-13 16:40 UTC There'sNoTime 2018-10-13 16:56 UTC There'sNoTime 2018-10-13 16:56 UTC
Humor Editori Regimori Closed 2018-10-13 18:06 UTC GeneralizationsAreBad 2018-10-13 18:06 UTC GeneralizationsAreBad 2018-10-13 18:06 UTC
Son of Zorn Closed 2018-10-14 01:33 UTC NinjaRobotPirate 2018-10-14 03:47 UTC NinjaRobotPirate 2018-10-14 03:47 UTC
Catcreekcitycouncil Closed 2018-10-14 06:50 UTC Bbb23 2018-10-14 14:35 UTC Bbb23 2018-10-14 14:35 UTC
Ivan Disouza Closed 2018-10-14 07:53 UTC GeneralizationsAreBad 2018-10-14 18:10 UTC GeneralizationsAreBad 2018-10-14 18:10 UTC
Politobzor Closed 2018-10-14 08:27 UTC TonyBallioni 2018-10-14 16:49 UTC TonyBallioni 2018-10-14 16:49 UTC
Krajoyn Closed 2018-10-14 12:40 UTC Zzuuzz 2018-10-14 19:09 UTC Zzuuzz 2018-10-14 19:09 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".

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