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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
Cheylesmore Endorsed 2019-02-08 21:01 UTC Vanjagenije 2019-02-17 15:29 UTC Vanjagenije 2019-02-17 15:29 UTC
Abhishek9779 CU requested 2019-01-01 23:51 UTC Mountain157 2019-02-16 22:23 UTC Bbb23 2019-02-16 02:05 UTC
Arslanabidnaich CU requested 2019-01-18 11:26 UTC Bbb23 2019-01-25 12:24 UTC Bbb23 2019-01-25 12:24 UTC
Harsh7agl CU requested 2019-02-07 10:14 UTC DBigXray 2019-02-07 10:16 UTC
Regstuff CU completed 2018-11-19 16:43 UTC DeltaQuad 2019-01-25 03:25 UTC DeltaQuad 2019-01-25 03:25 UTC
Lascava CU completed 2018-11-24 21:04 UTC TonyBallioni 2018-11-27 01:20 UTC TonyBallioni 2018-11-27 01:20 UTC
Ghavindeonarain CU completed 2018-12-11 07:27 UTC Bbb23 2019-01-16 22:05 UTC Bbb23 2019-01-16 22:05 UTC
Kalra Vishaw CU completed 2019-01-04 13:25 UTC Ivanvector 2019-01-11 16:01 UTC Ivanvector 2019-01-11 16:01 UTC
Heatherwhea CU completed 2019-01-06 04:36 UTC Berean Hunter 2019-02-10 14:21 UTC Berean Hunter 2019-02-10 14:21 UTC
Mystic212 CU completed 2019-01-08 11:36 UTC Vermont 2019-01-16 10:53 UTC KrakatoaKatie 2019-01-08 16:27 UTC
Wyatt storey CU completed 2019-01-10 08:39 UTC Ivanvector 2019-01-11 15:43 UTC Ivanvector 2019-01-11 15:43 UTC
Padamraj.joshi CU completed 2019-01-17 22:08 UTC Risker 2019-01-18 03:44 UTC Risker 2019-01-18 03:44 UTC
Bubba4369 CU completed 2019-01-18 15:05 UTC AnomieBOT 2019-02-12 17:58 UTC Berean Hunter 2019-02-08 15:48 UTC
Ayselonline CU completed 2019-01-20 13:43 UTC Yunshui 2019-02-14 15:45 UTC Yunshui 2019-02-14 15:45 UTC
KaafiThota CU completed 2019-01-22 07:26 UTC DeltaQuad 2019-02-14 07:03 UTC DeltaQuad 2019-02-14 07:03 UTC
Dante4786 CU completed 2019-01-27 01:29 UTC Deskana 2019-01-29 16:20 UTC Deskana 2019-01-29 16:20 UTC
Suman Kumar Mallick CU completed 2019-01-29 13:38 UTC Bbb23 2019-01-31 18:19 UTC Bbb23 2019-01-31 18:19 UTC
MilindWWO CU completed 2019-01-29 15:49 UTC GSS 2019-02-06 06:40 UTC DoRD 2019-01-31 18:05 UTC
MUI Gohan CU completed 2019-01-30 23:04 UTC Smartse 2019-02-07 23:44 UTC Berean Hunter 2019-02-06 00:10 UTC
Cmoneti CU completed 2019-01-31 06:23 UTC TonyBallioni 2019-02-02 02:30 UTC TonyBallioni 2019-02-02 02:30 UTC
12345689S CU completed 2019-02-04 23:45 UTC TonyBallioni 2019-02-05 01:13 UTC TonyBallioni 2019-02-05 01:13 UTC
Riosdustin21 CU completed 2019-02-05 01:37 UTC DoRD 2019-02-08 12:52 UTC DoRD 2019-02-08 12:52 UTC
Veuveclicquot1 CU completed 2019-02-05 20:02 UTC TonyBallioni 2019-02-07 15:40 UTC TonyBallioni 2019-02-07 15:40 UTC
Sandhyaram13 CU completed 2019-02-07 04:57 UTC Berean Hunter 2019-02-08 12:20 UTC Berean Hunter 2019-02-08 12:20 UTC
Louise Hannah CU completed 2019-02-07 22:47 UTC Berean Hunter 2019-02-14 12:30 UTC Berean Hunter 2019-02-14 12:30 UTC
Kashmiri musician CU completed 2019-02-08 05:06 UTC GSS 2019-02-09 07:50 UTC Bbb23 2019-02-08 16:52 UTC
Corystaples CU completed 2019-02-08 05:50 UTC Yunshui 2019-02-08 11:35 UTC Yunshui 2019-02-08 11:35 UTC
Dastephi CU completed 2019-02-08 18:02 UTC Salvio giuliano 2019-02-09 14:41 UTC Salvio giuliano 2019-02-09 14:41 UTC
Moha.Ay CU completed 2019-02-08 23:36 UTC Bbb23 2019-02-09 03:41 UTC Bbb23 2019-02-09 03:41 UTC
Browndevelopers CU completed 2019-02-15 19:24 UTC Bbb23 2019-02-17 16:38 UTC Bbb23 2019-02-17 16:38 UTC
Squeaky Rubber Duck CU completed 2019-02-16 10:07 UTC NinjaRobotPirate 2019-02-16 11:45 UTC NinjaRobotPirate 2019-02-16 11:45 UTC
Lihaas Open 2018-11-26 09:14 UTC Yunshui 2019-01-11 14:29 UTC Yunshui 2019-01-11 14:29 UTC
Eimukas22 Open 2018-12-08 12:39 UTC Sabbatino 2018-12-08 12:39 UTC
Asdisis Open 2018-12-10 20:48 UTC 89.164.132.137 2018-12-16 20:16 UTC Vanjagenije 2018-12-14 06:50 UTC
BrookeCook Open 2018-12-12 08:50 UTC Biwom 2019-02-10 19:26 UTC Deskana 2019-02-08 20:13 UTC
Jorjman Open 2018-12-27 12:31 UTC GSS 2018-12-27 12:31 UTC
Chandra Shekher Mishra Open 2018-12-27 23:07 UTC David notMD 2019-02-03 16:43 UTC Bbb23 2018-12-28 02:05 UTC
Dude Master 2 Open 2019-01-02 01:53 UTC IamNotU 2019-01-31 18:46 UTC
Suvision Open 2019-01-14 21:09 UTC Cabayi 2019-01-14 21:10 UTC
Carlo Galanti Open 2019-01-18 19:21 UTC Luke Stark 96 2019-02-12 20:02 UTC Bbb23 2019-01-31 02:00 UTC
Lucyintheskywithdada Open 2019-01-20 15:12 UTC Bksimonb 2019-01-20 19:43 UTC
Ali1872 Open 2019-01-23 15:53 UTC LouisAragon 2019-01-24 00:03 UTC
009o9 Open 2019-01-25 18:40 UTC Praxidicae 2019-01-26 19:03 UTC GeneralizationsAreBad 2019-01-26 12:00 UTC
OctopusFactCheck Open 2019-01-26 00:00 UTC SLBedit 2019-01-26 00:00 UTC
123Aristotle Open 2019-01-29 22:49 UTC Timmyshin 2019-01-29 22:49 UTC
Belbrabas Open 2019-01-30 13:48 UTC Belbrabas 2019-02-01 13:44 UTC Sir Sputnik 2019-01-30 20:47 UTC
Solonese Open 2019-02-03 21:09 UTC Bbb23 2019-02-03 21:32 UTC Bbb23 2019-02-03 21:32 UTC
Gouyoku Open 2019-02-04 04:28 UTC Smallbones 2019-02-04 04:28 UTC
Danainlondon Open 2019-02-04 12:10 UTC Sir Sputnik 2019-02-06 04:47 UTC Sir Sputnik 2019-02-06 04:47 UTC
Mar11 Open 2019-02-04 23:39 UTC Guy Macon 2019-02-05 00:49 UTC
Tha D.f4c3r Open 2019-02-05 10:08 UTC GSS 2019-02-05 10:08 UTC
Camilod Open 2019-02-05 14:55 UTC EvergreenFir 2019-02-05 14:55 UTC
Lutfy Jahan Open 2019-02-05 21:09 UTC Stjt 2019-02-07 19:07 UTC
WilliamJohnCox Open 2019-02-07 19:48 UTC Kyuko 2019-02-08 03:08 UTC
Bless sins Open 2019-02-07 20:17 UTC GeneralizationsAreBad 2019-02-07 20:20 UTC GeneralizationsAreBad 2019-02-07 20:20 UTC
Rungofed Open 2019-02-08 12:07 UTC Praxidicae 2019-02-08 12:07 UTC
Yeonyeon1230 Open 2019-02-08 20:39 UTC Timmyshin 2019-02-08 20:39 UTC
Xdeluna Open 2019-02-08 20:44 UTC Timmyshin 2019-02-08 20:44 UTC
Koov Open 2019-02-09 00:24 UTC Oknazevad 2019-02-09 15:17 UTC
Anatta.nergui Open 2019-02-09 20:52 UTC Aspening 2019-02-09 20:52 UTC
RonsI Open 2019-02-10 16:52 UTC GSS 2019-02-10 17:01 UTC
NepaliHelper Open 2019-02-11 06:21 UTC GSS 2019-02-11 06:33 UTC
Kimley Labasan Open 2019-02-11 13:35 UTC NinjaRobotPirate 2019-02-17 06:02 UTC NinjaRobotPirate 2019-02-17 06:02 UTC
Lole484 Open 2019-02-14 16:42 UTC MattLongCT 2019-02-15 02:03 UTC Bbb23 2019-02-14 19:43 UTC
Diabedia Open 2019-02-15 20:42 UTC Kashmiri 2019-02-15 20:44 UTC
I B Wright Open 2019-02-17 16:51 UTC ZH8000 2019-02-17 16:51 UTC
Randomeditor1000 Declined 2019-02-09 23:30 UTC Trantorian 2019-02-13 03:34 UTC Sir Sputnik 2019-02-10 03:26 UTC
Shiwam Kumar Sriwastaw Declined (CU) 2019-01-14 16:33 UTC Deskana 2019-02-08 17:55 UTC Deskana 2019-02-08 17:55 UTC
Wikibreaking Declined (CU) 2019-01-29 21:51 UTC MattLongCT 2019-02-09 00:48 UTC Bbb23 2019-01-29 23:30 UTC
Faskenlaw Declined (CU) 2019-02-01 21:19 UTC MelanieN 2019-02-13 00:34 UTC Bbb23 2019-02-01 22:33 UTC
Marjdabi Declined (CU) 2019-02-08 18:51 UTC Fitzcarmalan 2019-02-09 22:24 UTC Bbb23 2019-02-08 23:54 UTC
EDV1969 Declined (CU) 2019-02-14 00:47 UTC Bbb23 2019-02-14 01:14 UTC Bbb23 2019-02-14 01:14 UTC
SaiLeeKom Awaiting clerk 2018-12-26 11:51 UTC Ivanvector 2019-01-09 16:36 UTC Ivanvector 2019-01-09 16:36 UTC
Shaunak Chakraborty Awaiting clerk 2019-02-02 06:06 UTC JJMC89 2019-02-12 01:45 UTC
Teambk On hold 2019-01-31 06:06 UTC Sir Sputnik 2019-02-05 21:36 UTC Sir Sputnik 2019-02-05 21:36 UTC
Amrairin On hold 2019-02-09 15:21 UTC -revi 2019-02-13 10:05 UTC GeneralizationsAreBad 2019-02-11 20:19 UTC
Zephrine On hold (CU) 2019-02-07 15:17 UTC Bbb23 2019-02-08 03:58 UTC Bbb23 2019-02-08 03:58 UTC
Itsmukeshhere Closed 2018-10-31 13:55 UTC Deskana 2019-02-17 14:25 UTC Deskana 2019-02-17 14:25 UTC
Sumitmpsd Closed 2018-11-20 17:54 UTC TonyBallioni 2019-02-16 15:34 UTC TonyBallioni 2019-02-16 15:34 UTC
Huddohudson Closed 2018-12-20 14:41 UTC Deskana 2019-02-17 14:31 UTC Deskana 2019-02-17 14:31 UTC
Gobulls34 Closed 2019-01-12 19:48 UTC Vanjagenije 2019-02-17 15:08 UTC Vanjagenije 2019-02-17 15:08 UTC
Worldbeats Closed 2019-01-23 02:49 UTC Vanjagenije 2019-02-17 15:19 UTC Vanjagenije 2019-02-17 15:19 UTC
Benebimo Closed 2019-01-28 16:57 UTC Vanjagenije 2019-02-17 11:56 UTC Vanjagenije 2019-02-17 11:56 UTC
Christopher Odhiambo Closed 2019-02-06 18:02 UTC NinjaRobotPirate 2019-02-17 12:58 UTC NinjaRobotPirate 2019-02-17 12:58 UTC
Nafeby633 Closed 2019-02-11 05:29 UTC Vanjagenije 2019-02-17 11:59 UTC Vanjagenije 2019-02-17 11:59 UTC
Faizan Closed 2019-02-12 22:14 UTC Vanjagenije 2019-02-17 12:01 UTC Vanjagenije 2019-02-17 12:01 UTC
G.-M. Cupertino Closed 2019-02-13 21:26 UTC Vanjagenije 2019-02-17 11:40 UTC Vanjagenije 2019-02-17 11:40 UTC
Bothiman Closed 2019-02-17 05:02 UTC NinjaRobotPirate 2019-02-17 05:59 UTC NinjaRobotPirate 2019-02-17 05:59 UTC
Shawn1ilk Closed 2019-02-17 05:57 UTC Vanjagenije 2019-02-17 15:26 UTC Vanjagenije 2019-02-17 15:26 UTC
GreyDiomed Closed 2019-02-17 08:02 UTC Vanjagenije 2019-02-17 11:47 UTC Vanjagenije 2019-02-17 11:47 UTC
Leelawadee UI Closed 2019-02-17 11:39 UTC Vanjagenije 2019-02-17 11:39 UTC Vanjagenije 2019-02-17 11:39 UTC
Marcelo842 Closed 2019-02-17 12:04 UTC Vanjagenije 2019-02-17 12:04 UTC Vanjagenije 2019-02-17 12:04 UTC
The fashionable baby Closed 2019-02-17 14:58 UTC Vanjagenije 2019-02-17 14:58 UTC Vanjagenije 2019-02-17 14:58 UTC
Narayan chouhan Closed 2019-02-17 15:35 UTC Vanjagenije 2019-02-17 15:36 UTC Vanjagenije 2019-02-17 15:36 UTC
Debayanmukherjee12112002 Closed 2019-02-17 17:20 UTC MusikAnimal 2019-02-17 17:57 UTC MusikAnimal 2019-02-17 17:57 UTC
Ben2719941 Closed 2019-02-17 18:01 UTC Vanjagenije 2019-02-17 18:05 UTC Vanjagenije 2019-02-17 18:05 UTC
Renamed User 47dkbz99habhxxl Closed 2019-02-17 18:07 UTC Vanjagenije 2019-02-17 18:08 UTC Vanjagenije 2019-02-17 18:08 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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