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Administrator instructions

If you suspect sockpuppetry 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 sockpuppetry.

  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 sockpuppetry 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 Filed at (UTC) Last user edit Last clerk/CU edit
User Time (UTC) User Time (UTC)
Daaask Endorsed 2020-08-05 23:57 Praxidicae 2020-08-11 11:28 Praxidicae 2020-08-11 11:28
Khushboojain191 Endorsed 2020-08-07 11:37 RoySmith 2020-08-11 20:23 RoySmith 2020-08-11 20:23
Ashishvcmtech Endorsed 2020-08-09 21:03 RoySmith 2020-08-11 19:13 RoySmith 2020-08-11 19:13
Petter noca Endorsed 2020-08-10 07:32 RoySmith 2020-08-10 22:13 RoySmith 2020-08-10 22:13
Liborbital Endorsed 2020-08-11 06:33 RoySmith 2020-08-11 16:29 RoySmith 2020-08-11 16:29
AntiRacistSwede Relisted 2020-07-26 17:45 Reaper Eternal 2020-08-10 03:56 Reaper Eternal 2020-08-10 03:56
Trumanshow69 CU requested 2020-07-26 21:36 MER-C 2020-08-07 08:26 Drmies 2020-07-30 01:19
Vilty CU requested 2020-08-01 15:40 Feloniii 2020-08-08 16:04
Daekro1 CU requested 2020-08-05 13:16 Amanuensis Balkanicus 2020-08-05 13:15
Abbas Kwarbai CU requested 2020-08-06 19:55 Curb Safe Charmer 2020-08-11 15:42
FFA P-16 CU requested 2020-08-07 13:23 Caumasee 2020-08-10 19:58
Nithiin1983 CU requested 2020-08-08 22:12 Nithiin1983 2020-08-09 12:28
Jack90s15 CU requested 2020-08-10 19:50 Pudeo 2020-08-10 19:50
Bhagyashree4 CU requested 2020-08-11 18:08 QueerEcofeminist 2020-08-11 18:08
Problem Child Soca CU requested 2020-08-11 21:04 Nathan2055 2020-08-11 21:04
Dcasey98 CU requested 2020-08-11 22:56 Binksternet 2020-08-11 22:56
Sq178pv CU completed 2020-06-18 18:19 LSGH 2020-06-27 15:32 Berean Hunter 2020-06-21 18:14
Middayexpress CU completed 2020-07-01 22:10 TomStar81 2020-07-24 18:54 Mz7 2020-07-02 20:49
CowboyKing CU completed 2020-07-19 03:03 GSS 2020-07-20 14:26 Ivanvector 2020-07-20 13:55
Thimoty Freick CU completed 2020-07-19 19:15 Berean Hunter 2020-07-22 23:42 Berean Hunter 2020-07-22 23:42
Azeriking55 CU completed 2020-07-26 21:59 Drt1245 2020-08-05 16:12 Callanecc 2020-07-30 13:00
Lowslo CU completed 2020-07-28 19:13 Cyphoidbomb 2020-08-09 08:37 Callanecc 2020-08-09 07:25
Brian K Horton CU completed 2020-07-29 22:28 GeneralNotability 2020-08-05 19:23 GeneralNotability 2020-08-05 19:23
Sounderk CU completed 2020-07-30 16:14 Hemiauchenia 2020-08-04 14:34 Ponyo 2020-07-30 19:58
Dan Sander CU completed 2020-07-31 22:55 Ivanvector 2020-07-31 22:55 Ivanvector 2020-07-31 22:55
Sachin110892 CU completed 2020-08-02 09:59 TintuArunav 2020-08-11 20:30 Callanecc 2020-08-03 10:47
Sujon Islam Sabuj CU completed 2020-08-03 06:18 GSS 2020-08-09 12:31 Salvio giuliano 2020-08-09 11:13
Marshalb CU completed 2020-08-04 15:31 Ivanvector 2020-08-11 10:08 Ivanvector 2020-08-11 10:08
MakaveliReed CU completed 2020-08-06 00:03 Berean Hunter 2020-08-11 12:08 Berean Hunter 2020-08-11 12:08
Nomad852 CU completed 2020-08-06 03:56 Berean Hunter 2020-08-09 18:36 Berean Hunter 2020-08-09 18:36
JrFedit CU completed 2020-08-08 15:12 Mz7 2020-08-08 22:14 Mz7 2020-08-08 22:14
Zorro544 CU completed 2020-08-09 00:43 RoySmith 2020-08-10 18:38 RoySmith 2020-08-10 18:38
JameyKapuselusiepu CU completed 2020-08-11 09:04 Vanjagenije 2020-08-11 09:05 Vanjagenije 2020-08-11 09:05
Chowkatsun9 Open 2020-07-26 01:52 IamNotU 2020-07-26 01:52
Mr Miles Open 2020-08-02 15:01 H Remster 2020-08-10 09:07
Dimpsboyno3 Open 2020-08-03 10:57 Praxidicae 2020-08-10 11:46 Praxidicae 2020-08-10 11:46
HordeFTL Open 2020-08-03 13:29 FDW777 2020-08-06 07:27
Popologyy Open 2020-08-05 04:32 Angryjoe1111 2020-08-05 04:32
MonkeyKingdom Open 2020-08-05 11:31 Timtrent 2020-08-09 19:55
Lomtikov Open 2020-08-08 18:12 Vanjagenije 2020-08-11 09:18 Vanjagenije 2020-08-11 09:18
Hoggardhigh Open 2020-08-08 23:58 RoySmith 2020-08-11 12:26 RoySmith 2020-08-11 12:26
JamesOredan Open 2020-08-10 23:10 IamNotU 2020-08-10 23:10
Ben2719941 Open 2020-08-11 11:38 Starcheerspeaksnewslostwars 2020-08-11 22:59
HKG81 Open 2020-08-11 18:28 Dr. Kadzi 2020-08-11 18:29
Ndp01515 Open 2020-08-11 18:47 Jeffrey Beall 2020-08-11 18:47
Gjbabloo Open 2020-08-11 22:04 Þjarkur 2020-08-11 22:04
Rul1890 More info req. 2020-08-06 14:58 GeneralNotability 2020-08-08 16:19 GeneralNotability 2020-08-08 16:19
Belmop More info req. (CU) 2020-07-10 23:44 Sam.w.90 2020-07-12 11:52 Ivanvector 2020-07-11 17:57
Muhammad Samiuddin Qazi (sami) More info req. (CU) 2020-08-07 17:36 RoySmith 2020-08-11 19:10 RoySmith 2020-08-11 19:10
Mubthasim Declined (CU) 2020-08-11 00:19 RoySmith 2020-08-11 15:37 RoySmith 2020-08-11 15:37
Bhattarai1237 Closed 2020-08-02 03:06 RoySmith 2020-08-11 20:33 RoySmith 2020-08-11 20:33
Janitor102 Closed 2020-08-11 04:22 GeneralNotability 2020-08-11 20:21 GeneralNotability 2020-08-11 20:21
Horacio Vara Closed 2020-08-11 18:53 RoySmith 2020-08-11 19:20 RoySmith 2020-08-11 19:20

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".

==== HEADER ====
{{SPIquick}}
* {{Checkuser|
username}}

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