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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 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
Skymhnty In progress 2018-12-09 18:08 UTC Bbb23 2018-12-09 18:48 UTC Bbb23 2018-12-09 18:48 UTC
Tseung kang 99 CU requested 2018-12-08 11:23 UTC Incnis Mrsi 2018-12-08 18:11 UTC
Jimmysonoma CU completed 2018-10-01 14:25 UTC GSS 2018-11-30 17:39 UTC Ivanvector 2018-11-25 16:34 UTC
Asghar Adam CU completed 2018-10-03 11:56 UTC Courcelles 2018-12-03 01:44 UTC Courcelles 2018-12-03 01:44 UTC
Harsh7agl CU completed 2018-10-05 08:39 UTC Bbb23 2018-10-16 23:17 UTC Bbb23 2018-10-16 23:17 UTC
Categorica CU completed 2018-10-11 04:15 UTC Bbb23 2018-11-23 19:53 UTC Bbb23 2018-11-23 19:53 UTC
Annasdottir CU completed 2018-10-11 19:48 UTC Yunshui 2018-10-17 13:45 UTC Yunshui 2018-10-17 13:45 UTC
Everlearningonline CU completed 2018-10-12 00:06 UTC TonyBallioni 2018-11-02 16:39 UTC TonyBallioni 2018-11-02 16:39 UTC
Shiwam Kumar Sriwastaw CU completed 2018-10-13 17:50 UTC GSS 2018-11-15 06:07 UTC GeneralizationsAreBad 2018-11-06 01:01 UTC
LittleDipper CU completed 2018-10-18 01:59 UTC Hrodvarsson 2018-10-27 00:19 UTC Berean Hunter 2018-10-18 04:10 UTC
Artistseries CU completed 2018-10-18 02:30 UTC SamHolt6 2018-10-25 13:51 UTC Bbb23 2018-10-20 14:57 UTC
Afuganantik CU completed 2018-10-23 23:34 UTC Bbb23 2018-10-29 13:31 UTC Bbb23 2018-10-29 13:31 UTC
KaranSharma0445 CU completed 2018-10-26 09:48 UTC Berean Hunter 2018-11-15 08:12 UTC Berean Hunter 2018-11-15 08:12 UTC
Kashmirwindow CU completed 2018-10-27 10:22 UTC DeltaQuad 2018-12-07 07:44 UTC DeltaQuad 2018-12-07 07:44 UTC
Maniiminhas CU completed 2018-10-28 10:34 UTC TonyBallioni 2018-10-28 13:49 UTC TonyBallioni 2018-10-28 13:49 UTC
Dimpletisha CU completed 2018-10-31 03:13 UTC Bbb23 2018-11-04 16:20 UTC Bbb23 2018-11-04 16:20 UTC
Itsmukeshhere CU completed 2018-10-31 13:55 UTC Berean Hunter 2018-11-03 16:23 UTC Berean Hunter 2018-11-03 16:23 UTC
Nudlavirkid CU completed 2018-11-02 11:37 UTC Berean Hunter 2018-11-02 16:34 UTC Berean Hunter 2018-11-02 16:34 UTC
MB298 CU completed 2018-11-03 04:14 UTC Berean Hunter 2018-11-03 12:01 UTC Berean Hunter 2018-11-03 12:01 UTC
Bekeke1 CU completed 2018-11-05 09:03 UTC Snow Rise 2018-12-06 07:44 UTC AGK 2018-11-07 20:02 UTC
Hassan Guy CU completed 2018-11-06 06:00 UTC Bbb23 2018-11-08 13:24 UTC Bbb23 2018-11-08 13:24 UTC
Biar122 CU completed 2018-11-07 19:30 UTC AGK 2018-11-07 20:14 UTC AGK 2018-11-07 20:14 UTC
Micha Jo CU completed 2018-11-09 15:56 UTC Guerillero 2018-11-16 05:44 UTC Guerillero 2018-11-16 05:44 UTC
Js833905 CU completed 2018-11-11 04:53 UTC Courcelles 2018-12-03 00:55 UTC Courcelles 2018-12-03 00:55 UTC
Mikefarrington11 CU completed 2018-11-12 16:44 UTC Jytdog 2018-11-13 18:05 UTC Berean Hunter 2018-11-12 20:03 UTC
User-4488 CU completed 2018-11-15 22:50 UTC Berean Hunter 2018-12-03 16:04 UTC Berean Hunter 2018-12-03 16:04 UTC
Arjunfilmantena CU completed 2018-11-19 15:23 UTC Salvio giuliano 2018-11-25 14:10 UTC Salvio giuliano 2018-11-25 14:10 UTC
Regstuff CU completed 2018-11-19 16:43 UTC DeltaQuad 2018-12-09 09:08 UTC DeltaQuad 2018-12-09 09:08 UTC
Sumitmpsd CU completed 2018-11-20 17:54 UTC Berean Hunter 2018-11-23 15:13 UTC Berean Hunter 2018-11-23 15:13 UTC
Lascava CU completed 2018-11-24 21:04 UTC TonyBallioni 2018-11-27 01:20 UTC TonyBallioni 2018-11-27 01:20 UTC
AbiliosBetters CU completed 2018-11-25 00:23 UTC Ivanvector 2018-11-25 17:00 UTC Ivanvector 2018-11-25 17:00 UTC
Ilyaskhan CU completed 2018-11-25 16:52 UTC Courcelles 2018-11-29 19:34 UTC Courcelles 2018-11-29 19:34 UTC
Luuuuuka CU completed 2018-11-28 01:37 UTC TonyBallioni 2018-11-28 01:39 UTC TonyBallioni 2018-11-28 01:39 UTC
PccU2 CU completed 2018-11-29 18:53 UTC Courcelles 2018-11-29 19:18 UTC Courcelles 2018-11-29 19:18 UTC
Squatch347 CU completed 2018-12-01 05:18 UTC Courcelles 2018-12-02 21:12 UTC Courcelles 2018-12-02 21:12 UTC
D47817 CU completed 2018-12-02 21:51 UTC Courcelles 2018-12-03 14:51 UTC Courcelles 2018-12-03 14:51 UTC
Ritditdit CU completed 2018-12-04 13:59 UTC TonyBallioni 2018-12-04 21:56 UTC TonyBallioni 2018-12-04 21:56 UTC
Bridge2007 CU completed 2018-12-05 00:02 UTC TonyBallioni 2018-12-05 02:51 UTC TonyBallioni 2018-12-05 02:51 UTC
Akshayhulchal CU completed 2018-12-05 23:40 UTC Bbb23 2018-12-06 23:50 UTC Bbb23 2018-12-06 23:50 UTC
Subeer waaxi CU completed 2018-12-06 04:04 UTC Bbb23 2018-12-06 20:03 UTC Bbb23 2018-12-06 20:03 UTC
Cwat2 CU completed 2018-12-06 04:17 UTC Courcelles 2018-12-06 14:05 UTC Courcelles 2018-12-06 14:05 UTC
Anurag maurya g CU completed 2018-12-08 16:07 UTC Bbb23 2018-12-08 18:33 UTC Bbb23 2018-12-08 18:33 UTC
Faridullah zargy Open 2018-10-13 17:29 UTC MusikBot 2018-12-01 08:50 UTC Sro23 2018-11-10 23:53 UTC
Billy Liakopoulos Open 2018-10-21 17:30 UTC SkyGazer 512 2018-11-18 15:01 UTC Sro23 2018-11-13 12:45 UTC
RafikiSykes Open 2018-10-21 17:32 UTC Courcelles 2018-12-03 01:53 UTC Courcelles 2018-12-03 01:53 UTC
Steven02511 Open 2018-10-22 21:53 UTC Praxidicae 2018-11-14 19:26 UTC There'sNoTime 2018-11-09 22:18 UTC
Ashkalaan Open 2018-11-01 10:52 UTC GSS 2018-11-12 18:01 UTC Sro23 2018-11-10 23:59 UTC
Abhinand1234 Open 2018-11-08 18:08 UTC Cyberbot II 2018-12-01 14:38 UTC Zzuuzz 2018-11-10 18:10 UTC
AdnanAliAfzal Open 2018-11-18 15:09 UTC Flooded with them hundreds 2018-11-18 15:09 UTC
NeerajC Open 2018-11-20 20:56 UTC Courcelles 2018-12-03 01:09 UTC Courcelles 2018-12-03 01:09 UTC
Rudra.shukla Open 2018-11-22 09:38 UTC Cabayi 2018-11-22 09:41 UTC
Jkomlos Open 2018-11-26 03:14 UTC GermanJoe 2018-11-26 04:06 UTC
Lihaas Open 2018-11-26 09:14 UTC Yunshui 2018-11-26 09:14 UTC Yunshui 2018-11-26 09:14 UTC
Jiam Momin Open 2018-12-04 14:59 UTC Bradv 2018-12-04 15:01 UTC
Back Roads (film) Open 2018-12-05 02:23 UTC HickoryOughtShirt?4 2018-12-05 02:23 UTC
Arshifakhan61 Open 2018-12-05 14:16 UTC Ivanvector 2018-12-05 16:41 UTC Ivanvector 2018-12-05 16:41 UTC
Arunkrmandal Open 2018-12-06 16:46 UTC Sam Sailor 2018-12-06 16:46 UTC
Whippy7 Open 2018-12-06 16:59 UTC Livelikemusic 2018-12-06 16:59 UTC
Champua India Open 2018-12-07 17:48 UTC HickoryOughtShirt?4 2018-12-07 17:48 UTC
Buddylovely Open 2018-12-07 19:31 UTC Theinstantmatrix 2018-12-07 19:31 UTC
Jasonlives71 Open 2018-12-08 02:11 UTC TheDoctorWho 2018-12-08 04:49 UTC
Tonyjenkins450 Open 2018-12-08 12:38 UTC LM2000 2018-12-08 12:38 UTC
Eimukas22 Open 2018-12-08 12:39 UTC Sabbatino 2018-12-08 12:39 UTC
157.43.83.254 Open 2018-12-08 15:17 UTC David notMD 2018-12-09 12:44 UTC
Nate Speed Open 2018-12-08 23:34 UTC Trivialist 2018-12-09 01:46 UTC
Ruvaid Open 2018-12-09 04:04 UTC GSS 2018-12-09 04:04 UTC
5.151.181.192 Open 2018-12-09 04:36 UTC MorpheusKafka 2018-12-09 04:36 UTC
A2director Open 2018-12-09 17:38 UTC Praxidicae 2018-12-09 17:38 UTC
Liborbital More info req. (CU) 2018-12-09 08:30 UTC DeltaQuad 2018-12-09 08:53 UTC DeltaQuad 2018-12-09 08:53 UTC
Danieleb82 Declined 2018-11-05 14:45 UTC TonyBallioni 2018-11-12 00:50 UTC TonyBallioni 2018-11-12 00:50 UTC
Lurulu Declined (CU) 2018-11-03 19:43 UTC TonyBallioni 2018-11-03 21:04 UTC TonyBallioni 2018-11-03 21:04 UTC
Praguegirl Declined (CU) 2018-11-06 15:58 UTC Courcelles 2018-11-29 20:08 UTC Courcelles 2018-11-29 20:08 UTC
Raju Adhikari Declined (CU) 2018-11-14 09:15 UTC Bbb23 2018-11-14 12:40 UTC Bbb23 2018-11-14 12:40 UTC
Atlantic12 Declined (CU) 2018-11-20 17:02 UTC Mhhossein 2018-11-25 07:02 UTC Bbb23 2018-11-20 18:22 UTC
Btw order Awaiting clerk 2018-12-07 11:00 UTC Zazpot 2018-12-08 12:42 UTC Bbb23 2018-12-07 14:30 UTC
TYPE54 Closed 2018-10-26 07:46 UTC Bbb23 2018-12-07 15:32 UTC Bbb23 2018-12-07 15:32 UTC
Anurag 1998 Closed 2018-11-19 09:16 UTC Bbb23 2018-12-07 15:59 UTC Bbb23 2018-12-07 15:59 UTC
Anish Kayamkulam Closed 2018-11-20 17:32 UTC TonyBallioni 2018-12-07 05:12 UTC TonyBallioni 2018-12-07 05:12 UTC
Hydrozen1 Closed 2018-11-30 17:35 UTC Sir Sputnik 2018-12-08 17:55 UTC Sir Sputnik 2018-12-08 17:55 UTC
Jemy Jamjom Closed 2018-12-02 07:01 UTC GeneralizationsAreBad 2018-12-09 18:04 UTC GeneralizationsAreBad 2018-12-09 18:04 UTC
Jan Blanicky Closed 2018-12-04 07:08 UTC Abelmoschus Esculentus 2018-12-08 03:15 UTC Bbb23 2018-12-07 14:14 UTC
Ivelo Closed 2018-12-04 23:08 UTC DeltaQuad 2018-12-09 11:34 UTC DeltaQuad 2018-12-09 11:34 UTC
Mnair69 Closed 2018-12-05 13:32 UTC TonyBallioni 2018-12-07 17:25 UTC TonyBallioni 2018-12-07 17:25 UTC
Cirt Closed 2018-12-06 03:48 UTC Bbb23 2018-12-07 21:55 UTC Bbb23 2018-12-07 21:55 UTC
Jimmyhhhhhhhh Closed 2018-12-07 00:43 UTC NinjaRobotPirate 2018-12-08 04:57 UTC NinjaRobotPirate 2018-12-08 04:57 UTC
Ruby968 Closed 2018-12-07 13:47 UTC Davey2010 2018-12-07 18:43 UTC
5.148.58.66 Closed 2018-12-07 14:19 UTC Sir Sputnik 2018-12-08 17:48 UTC Sir Sputnik 2018-12-08 17:48 UTC
Mildred huxtetter Closed 2018-12-07 19:05 UTC Bbb23 2018-12-08 01:33 UTC Bbb23 2018-12-08 01:33 UTC
Amig0animad0 Closed 2018-12-07 19:23 UTC Bbb23 2018-12-07 21:32 UTC Bbb23 2018-12-07 21:32 UTC
Krajoyn Closed 2018-12-08 08:13 UTC Zzuuzz 2018-12-08 12:03 UTC Zzuuzz 2018-12-08 12:03 UTC
Stankylegacypac Closed 2018-12-08 09:49 UTC Oshwah 2018-12-08 09:49 UTC Oshwah 2018-12-08 09:49 UTC
Albertpda Closed 2018-12-08 11:23 UTC Sir Sputnik 2018-12-09 01:35 UTC Sir Sputnik 2018-12-09 01:35 UTC
Arthur Brum Closed 2018-12-08 16:46 UTC Sir Sputnik 2018-12-08 17:17 UTC Sir Sputnik 2018-12-08 17:17 UTC
RDX451 Closed 2018-12-08 17:31 UTC Sir Sputnik 2018-12-08 17:33 UTC Sir Sputnik 2018-12-08 17:33 UTC
Tamicag Closed 2018-12-08 17:52 UTC Sir Sputnik 2018-12-08 17:53 UTC Sir Sputnik 2018-12-08 17:53 UTC
Zahra 1369 Closed 2018-12-08 17:55 UTC GeneralizationsAreBad 2018-12-09 18:02 UTC GeneralizationsAreBad 2018-12-09 18:02 UTC
JRV7875640 Closed 2018-12-09 01:56 UTC Oshwah 2018-12-09 01:57 UTC Oshwah 2018-12-09 01:57 UTC
Lyhendi Closed 2018-12-09 07:31 UTC Mys 721tx 2018-12-09 17:31 UTC Bbb23 2018-12-09 17:01 UTC
BENJAMIN BARA BENJA Closed 2018-12-09 10:14 UTC Bbb23 2018-12-09 16:27 UTC Bbb23 2018-12-09 16:27 UTC
WorldCreaterFighter Closed 2018-12-09 17:17 UTC GeneralizationsAreBad 2018-12-09 17:50 UTC GeneralizationsAreBad 2018-12-09 17:50 UTC
AfricaPolicyInstitute Closed 2018-12-09 18:05 UTC GeneralizationsAreBad 2018-12-09 18:07 UTC GeneralizationsAreBad 2018-12-09 18:07 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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