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How to identify a sock master?[edit]

Normally when a SPI is ignited, the sock master is known and the suspected sock puppet(s) are listed in the investigation after which the technical people will review whether they are indeed sock puppets by looking at the behavioral evidence and gathering technical evidence. However, at the Formula 1 WikiProject we have been disrupted for several months (the most recent one just today) by a series of sock puppets accounts launched to impersonate members of the project in order to get them into problems, but the account that is creating all these sock puppets is unknown.

The "impersonators" that have appeared so far are:

Tvx11 (talk · contribs · deleted contribs · logs · edit filter log · block user · block log) (an impersonation of myself))

Prisonernonkeys (talk · contribs · deleted contribs · logs · edit filter log · block user · block log)

Twirlypæn (talk · contribs · deleted contribs · logs · edit filter log · block user · block log)

Zwærg Nase (talk · contribs · deleted contribs · logs · edit filter log · block user · block log) (this one only appeared today)

Additionally, there is at least one other active sock puppet, based on behavioral evidence:

Darrandarra (talk · contribs · deleted contribs · logs · edit filter log · block user · block log)

So my question is: is there a way to identify the sock master and by doing so put a halt to this continuous string of impersonations? Tvx1 21:19, 15 November 2015 (UTC)

@Tvx1: Identifying the master is not needed to stop the disruption. Disruption can be stopped even without that. Whenever you know about several accounts you suspect belong to the same person, you should assume that the oldest of those accounts is the sockmaster (in this case, Tvx11 is the oldest). Then, you can open a SPI case under the name of that master. If it turns out that those accounts belong to some even older master, it is not a problem, the case is then moved or merged with older case. Vanjagenije (talk) 21:28, 15 November 2015 (UTC)
Ok, @Vanjagenije:. I've done that. Thanks for your advice. Tvx1 23:29, 15 November 2015 (UTC)
Well the SPI ended with the accounts being connected with each other, but the actual sock master wasn't identified. So it wasn't an entire succes. Tvx1 16:40, 16 November 2015 (UTC)
@Tvx1: Id depends on how you define "success". The role of the WP:SPI is to stop the disruption. And, those accounts were blocked, which means that their disruption is now stopped. That is success. Vanjagenije (talk) 19:12, 16 November 2015 (UTC)
Vanjagenije's response is spot on.--Jezebel's Ponyobons mots 22:57, 16 November 2015 (UTC)
Well, that depends on how you define stopped. The active accounts that were irritating the project have indeed been blocked, but you can't say for certain that the person behind it setting up those sock puppets has been stopped from setting up more and thus from causing more disruption. In fact, they were already blocked for impersonating/trolling before the SPI got endorsed and the only thing it achieved was to tag the accounts as sockpuppets. Tvx1 00:06, 17 November 2015 (UTC)
@Tvx1: Yes, but would this person be stopped if we found his oldest account (sockmaster)? You said that the investigation was unsuccessful because we didn't find the original master. But if we did find him, how would we stop him to create new accounts? How would that be more "successful"? Vanjagenije (talk) 00:17, 17 November 2015 (UTC)
I thought account creation could be blocked? Tvx1 00:41, 17 November 2015 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Sockpuppet investigations/GoldenClockCar[edit]

After filing realized I was barking up the wrong tree. Blanked it, would like to withdraw it. Apologies. 18:24, 18 November 2015 (UTC) Sorry, I must be addled today. Certainly not my day. This is a valid request. Apologies again. I'd explain further but I'm too embarrassed. Coretheapple (talk) 18:29, 18 November 2015 (UTC)

Missing archive link[edit]

Wikipedia:Sockpuppet investigations/Coffeeloverlarge seems to be missing the usual link to a recently archived case. The necessary template seems to be there, so I'm not sure what's missing. Cordless Larry (talk) 08:43, 22 November 2015 (UTC)

@Cordless Larry: I've purged the page, i had the same issue with another case page recently LorTalk 08:56, 22 November 2015 (UTC)
Thanks, Lor. All good now. Cordless Larry (talk) 09:00, 22 November 2015 (UTC)