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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.
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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 an administrator, 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 only conduct a technical investigation 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 will 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.

Cases currently listed at SPI

Investigation Status Date filed Last user to edit case timestamp Last clerk/checkuser to edit case timestamp
Debora Mugica Endorsed 2015-08-11 14:03 UTC Vrac 2015-08-17 17:52 UTC Vanjagenije 2015-08-11 14:03 UTC
Mrwallace05 Relisted 2015-07-19 06:14 UTC Binksternet 2015-08-28 15:57 UTC Someguy1221 2015-08-28 08:28 UTC
Biruitorul CU requested 2015-08-15 23:23 UTC Zzuuzz 2015-08-27 18:31 UTC Vanjagenije 2015-08-16 23:59 UTC
Surjendranil CU requested 2015-08-21 14:19 UTC Magog the Ogre 2015-09-01 04:50 UTC Bbb23 2015-08-31 18:20 UTC
Kumarila CU requested 2015-08-24 23:21 UTC Bbb23 2015-08-26 07:00 UTC Bbb23 2015-08-26 07:00 UTC
Cydevil38 CU requested 2015-09-01 04:08 UTC Phoenix7777 2015-09-01 08:50 UTC Bbb23 2015-09-01 04:45 UTC
Gobugounder CU requested 2015-09-01 07:32 UTC SpacemanSpiff 2015-09-01 07:56 UTC
Orangemoody CU requested 2015-09-01 09:31 UTC Mdann52 2015-09-01 09:31 UTC
95.97.23.77 CU completed 2015-08-12 12:39 UTC Mnlth 2015-08-18 14:39 UTC Mike V 2015-08-17 02:25 UTC
Majorsmithers CU completed 2015-08-29 03:51 UTC Bbb23 2015-09-01 04:26 UTC Bbb23 2015-09-01 04:26 UTC
Anselmidavide9981 CU completed 2015-08-31 15:37 UTC Davidwr 2015-09-01 00:21 UTC Mike V 2015-08-31 22:56 UTC
Wüstenfuchs Open 2015-07-08 04:12 UTC Vanjagenije 2015-07-25 11:30 UTC Vanjagenije 2015-07-25 11:30 UTC
LSkywalker77 Open 2015-07-27 13:56 UTC Steel1943 2015-08-15 02:20 UTC
Masterdon5 Open 2015-08-02 13:11 UTC McGeddon 2015-08-13 10:57 UTC
Eeeeeewtw Open 2015-08-10 07:30 UTC Uaat 2015-08-29 14:06 UTC Mike V 2015-08-28 23:17 UTC
Jon100900 Open 2015-08-12 17:49 UTC Salvidrim! 2015-08-31 23:51 UTC Salvidrim! 2015-08-31 23:51 UTC
Slycat21 Open 2015-08-14 14:30 UTC Bbb23 2015-08-15 23:12 UTC Bbb23 2015-08-15 23:12 UTC
Trade2tradewell Open 2015-08-15 02:53 UTC Brianhe 2015-08-15 03:19 UTC
Niteshchhetribhai Open 2015-08-15 22:35 UTC Bonadea 2015-08-15 22:35 UTC
Themainman69 Open 2015-08-20 02:12 UTC Vanjagenije 2015-08-21 16:33 UTC Vanjagenije 2015-08-21 16:33 UTC
Ghumen Open 2015-08-20 14:24 UTC Dennis Brown 2015-08-28 23:03 UTC
Jermboy27 Open 2015-08-20 19:01 UTC Vanjagenije 2015-08-23 19:41 UTC Vanjagenije 2015-08-23 19:41 UTC
Vote (X) for Change Open 2015-08-21 18:25 UTC JoeSperrazza 2015-08-24 02:15 UTC
Javier93h Open 2015-08-26 01:46 UTC Sfs90 2015-08-26 01:50 UTC
Sherlock4000 Open 2015-08-26 20:44 UTC DaltonCastle 2015-08-26 20:44 UTC
Starkiller88 Open 2015-08-27 18:57 UTC BatteryIncluded 2015-08-27 18:57 UTC
D62943 Open 2015-08-27 22:42 UTC Binksternet 2015-08-29 14:56 UTC
IndianBiz Open 2015-08-28 06:17 UTC Tokyogirl79 2015-08-28 09:43 UTC
NewYork1956 Open 2015-08-28 19:48 UTC Drmies 2015-08-31 23:01 UTC
Wikicohen Open 2015-08-29 00:08 UTC Natuur12 2015-08-31 16:43 UTC
Europefan Open 2015-08-29 00:23 UTC Bbb23 2015-08-31 02:04 UTC Bbb23 2015-08-31 02:04 UTC
Cranh124 Open 2015-08-30 20:41 UTC RMS52 2015-08-31 07:25 UTC
Futebol pra todos Open 2015-08-31 01:38 UTC Largoplazo 2015-08-31 01:41 UTC
Ioanna.hearts.you Open 2015-08-31 03:34 UTC Dennis Bratland 2015-08-31 03:38 UTC
AfterOtso06 Open 2015-08-31 10:13 UTC Largoplazo 2015-08-31 10:13 UTC
escapeeyes Open 2015-08-31 10:28 UTC Purrum 2015-08-31 10:28 UTC
Prashantlovehimself Open 2015-08-31 18:42 UTC SpacemanSpiff 2015-09-01 06:21 UTC Courcelles 2015-09-01 01:05 UTC
Ivetliviya9 Open 2015-09-01 07:20 UTC GoldenRing 2015-09-01 07:20 UTC
Maltin Kant Open 2015-09-01 09:35 UTC Ian.thomson 2015-09-01 09:35 UTC
Ashtul More info req. 2015-07-28 21:26 UTC Kingsindian 2015-08-17 14:20 UTC Vanjagenije 2015-08-01 23:29 UTC
WWEPPVPosters More info req. 2015-08-19 21:51 UTC Vanjagenije 2015-08-24 16:13 UTC Vanjagenije 2015-08-24 16:13 UTC
Harirajmohanhrm More info req. (CU) 2015-08-25 13:23 UTC Vanjagenije 2015-08-25 14:24 UTC Vanjagenije 2015-08-25 14:24 UTC
Equivocasmannus Declined (CU) 2015-08-30 10:34 UTC Bbb23 2015-08-30 16:19 UTC Bbb23 2015-08-30 16:19 UTC
Charlesaustria971 Declined (CU) 2015-08-31 07:07 UTC Bbb23 2015-08-31 10:34 UTC Bbb23 2015-08-31 10:34 UTC
Csalinka Declined (CU) 2015-08-31 14:13 UTC Bbb23 2015-08-31 18:19 UTC Bbb23 2015-08-31 18:19 UTC
Matthvm Declined (CU) 2015-09-01 03:19 UTC Vanjagenije 2015-09-01 09:30 UTC Vanjagenije 2015-09-01 09:30 UTC
Tzufun Awaiting admin 2015-08-19 17:32 UTC Vanjagenije 2015-08-31 21:58 UTC Vanjagenije 2015-08-31 21:58 UTC
NoCal100 On hold 2015-08-26 20:47 UTC Mike V 2015-09-01 03:55 UTC Mike V 2015-09-01 03:55 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".

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