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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 Filed at (UTC) Last user edit Last clerk/CU edit
User Time (UTC) User Time (UTC)
Jshpinar Endorsed 2020-02-23 20:55 JJMC89 2020-02-24 02:42 JJMC89 2020-02-24 02:42
DeepakVarma31 CU requested 2020-02-24 06:54 Cyphoidbomb 2020-02-24 06:54
Chutrandi CU requested 2020-02-24 15:48 GPL93 2020-02-24 15:47
Krajoyn CU requested 2020-02-24 16:14 Favonian 2020-02-24 16:39
Kellychi4u CU completed 2020-01-14 14:05 Praxidicae 2020-01-15 18:45 TonyBallioni 2020-01-15 03:36
Marcolacson CU completed 2020-01-20 04:39 TonyBallioni 2020-02-23 15:46 TonyBallioni 2020-02-23 15:46
TrueLicense909 CU completed 2020-01-21 15:24 JaneciaTaylor 2020-02-09 02:30 Berean Hunter 2020-01-21 16:51
CalebHughes CU completed 2020-02-01 21:15 ST47 2020-02-20 17:53 ST47 2020-02-20 17:53
L2pkpandey CU completed 2020-02-05 05:41 ST47 2020-02-16 21:14 ST47 2020-02-16 21:14
Sidtever CU completed 2020-02-07 21:12 Cabayi 2020-02-19 12:08 Cabayi 2020-02-19 12:08
Veilderst CU completed 2020-02-10 03:33 Bbb23 2020-02-14 03:12 Bbb23 2020-02-14 03:12
Sujay03 CU completed 2020-02-15 20:24 ST47 2020-02-17 02:28 ST47 2020-02-17 02:28
Xiang09 CU completed 2020-02-16 08:30 Stricnina 2020-02-17 08:11 ST47 2020-02-17 02:39
Shashanksinghvi334 CU completed 2020-02-19 13:21 GSS 2020-02-19 17:15 Bbb23 2020-02-19 15:35
Masterabhit CU completed 2020-02-22 04:08 DeltaQuad 2020-02-22 04:27 DeltaQuad 2020-02-22 04:27
Japanelemu Open 2020-01-22 16:21 Alison 2020-01-31 07:29 Alison 2020-01-31 07:29
Adam.Izgin Open 2020-01-25 12:51 Shmayo 2020-02-14 20:45
Johnwest1999 Open 2020-01-25 19:10 Bearcat 2020-01-25 23:00
SyntheticAnomaly Open 2020-01-26 04:18 Grayfell 2020-02-02 06:53 ST47 2020-01-29 17:06
FixerFixerFixer Open 2020-01-30 01:31 Morbidthoughts 2020-02-08 10:14
Tony28tarun Open 2020-02-01 10:20 Bbb23 2020-02-01 12:41 Bbb23 2020-02-01 12:41
Judge1234 Open 2020-02-01 22:39 Bueller 007 2020-02-20 05:54
Ravinariya Open 2020-02-03 17:00 Fylindfotberserk 2020-02-03 17:00
Lole484 Open 2020-02-05 19:45 Praxidicae 2020-02-05 19:45
Asim143 Open 2020-02-12 15:25 ST47 2020-02-12 15:25 ST47 2020-02-12 15:25
Muhammad Samiuddin Qazi (sami) Open 2020-02-14 09:12 Fylindfotberserk 2020-02-14 16:58
Jesien1 Open 2020-02-14 11:13 Versace1608 2020-02-15 10:41
Mhdsuhail111 Open 2020-02-15 12:14 137.97.106.243 2020-02-15 12:14
Abhishek shannu Open 2020-02-15 16:59 Fylindfotberserk 2020-02-15 16:59
Drewpalazzolo Open 2020-02-15 23:41 Largoplazo 2020-02-15 23:41
Elmakkan Open 2020-02-17 12:35 Dreamy Jazz 2020-02-20 04:48
ZaMediaGuy Open 2020-02-17 13:51 GSS 2020-02-17 13:51
KaranSharma0445 Open 2020-02-17 15:07 Ravensfire 2020-02-17 16:44
92.184.100.76 Open 2020-02-18 23:13 Skywatcher68 2020-02-19 03:12
Wadamz Open 2020-02-19 00:47 Rosguill 2020-02-19 00:48
Identityanddifference Open 2020-02-20 08:44 Fylindfotberserk 2020-02-23 09:34 Bbb23 2020-02-21 00:19
WorldCreaterFighter Open 2020-02-21 05:49 JJMC89 2020-02-21 05:50 JJMC89 2020-02-21 05:50
Tbone49 Open 2020-02-21 06:12 Angryjoe1111 2020-02-22 19:26
Siddiqsazzad001 Open 2020-02-21 16:35 Praxidicae 2020-02-21 16:35
Kaimaidment18 Open 2020-02-22 14:05 Drovethrughosts 2020-02-22 14:49
Croonerman Open 2020-02-22 14:10 Hell in a Bucket 2020-02-22 14:35
Rajeev.yasiru Open 2020-02-22 23:04 GPL93 2020-02-22 23:04
CBG17 Open 2020-02-23 00:57 JJMC89 2020-02-23 00:58 JJMC89 2020-02-23 00:58
Pptt226 Open 2020-02-23 03:11 Dreamy Jazz 2020-02-24 00:06
WorldWikiAuthorOriginal Open 2020-02-23 06:22 Mr. Vernon 2020-02-23 06:42
Virenderthind2019 Open 2020-02-23 08:01 Virenderthind2019 2020-02-23 12:58
FlyingHarshk Open 2020-02-23 11:39 Fylindfotberserk 2020-02-23 11:39
Srinesh.saravanan Open 2020-02-23 13:36 Hellknowz 2020-02-23 13:36
Eike Christian Freidank Open 2020-02-23 18:35 Drmies 2020-02-23 18:35 Drmies 2020-02-23 18:35
SAIestate Open 2020-02-23 19:43 Kingboyk 2020-02-23 19:43
Jrayo392 Open 2020-02-24 02:22 Magitroopa 2020-02-24 02:22
SpainEntrepreneurship Open 2020-02-24 06:17 Rosguill 2020-02-24 06:22
Rajiv Hu Main Open 2020-02-24 07:20 Spike 'em 2020-02-24 15:01
Social Peddler Open 2020-02-24 16:04 Robert McClenon 2020-02-24 16:04
Legendraid More info req. (CU) 2020-02-15 02:13 DeltaQuad 2020-02-16 04:51 DeltaQuad 2020-02-16 04:51
Allenroyboy More info req. (CU) 2020-02-17 05:58 Bbb23 2020-02-23 16:06 Bbb23 2020-02-23 16:06
Dilanlekamge Declined (CU) 2020-01-28 12:52 Bbb23 2020-01-28 16:21 Bbb23 2020-01-28 16:21
BorchePetkovski Declined (CU) 2020-02-12 23:13 Bbb23 2020-02-13 01:52 Bbb23 2020-02-13 01:52
Leon103102 Declined (CU) 2020-02-14 05:56 Coastie43 2020-02-18 22:53 Bbb23 2020-02-14 15:53
Thrissur Awaiting clerk 2020-02-07 16:17 DeltaQuad 2020-02-08 20:02 DeltaQuad 2020-02-08 20:02
Amandamarionsequeira Awaiting clerk 2020-02-15 02:40 Bbb23 2020-02-16 17:11 Bbb23 2020-02-16 17:11
Σπάρτακος Awaiting admin 2020-02-21 14:38 Rojelio 2020-02-21 14:56 Cabayi 2020-02-21 14:49
Justine Seavey II Awaiting admin 2020-02-24 15:39 Cabayi 2020-02-24 15:53 Cabayi 2020-02-24 15:53
XARyz Closed 2020-01-30 18:33 TonyBallioni 2020-02-23 15:36 TonyBallioni 2020-02-23 15:36
Imrjl55 Closed 2020-02-07 22:10 Robert McClenon 2020-02-23 18:32 TonyBallioni 2020-02-23 15:31
Billphil1 Closed 2020-02-08 14:30 TonyBallioni 2020-02-23 15:24 TonyBallioni 2020-02-23 15:24
Cse404 Closed 2020-02-09 23:57 Newslinger 2020-02-22 07:21 Bbb23 2020-02-10 02:58
Rabbi Barry Closed 2020-02-12 15:34 TonyBallioni 2020-02-23 15:14 TonyBallioni 2020-02-23 15:14
John Dhar Closed 2020-02-13 11:05 Newslinger 2020-02-21 13:36
Abhishek4889 Closed 2020-02-13 17:07 Newslinger 2020-02-22 06:52 Bbb23 2020-02-21 14:04
Geronikolakis Closed 2020-02-16 18:50 Favonian 2020-02-23 12:00 NinjaRobotPirate 2020-02-22 16:36
LeeWhittaker Closed 2020-02-17 21:14 Cabayi 2020-02-21 08:36 Cabayi 2020-02-21 08:36
TannerGoethals3 Closed 2020-02-18 03:09 Newslinger 2020-02-21 12:51
Urlaryermie Closed 2020-02-20 14:11 Sir Sputnik 2020-02-23 16:57 Sir Sputnik 2020-02-23 16:57
Csdestiner09 Closed 2020-02-20 16:34 TonyBallioni 2020-02-23 15:05 TonyBallioni 2020-02-23 15:05
PlayOnSports Closed 2020-02-21 05:43 JJMC89 2020-02-21 05:47 JJMC89 2020-02-21 05:47
Albertpda Closed 2020-02-21 05:54 Sir Sputnik 2020-02-23 16:56 Sir Sputnik 2020-02-23 16:56
Photography for fun Closed 2020-02-21 05:56 JJMC89 2020-02-21 05:57 JJMC89 2020-02-21 05:57
Fayeduzzaman Tamim Closed 2020-02-21 10:05 Newslinger 2020-02-21 12:48
Gobinho Closed 2020-02-21 14:48 Mz7 2020-02-21 19:10 Mz7 2020-02-21 19:10
Nipponese Dog Calvero Closed 2020-02-21 20:14 Favonian 2020-02-21 20:21
AlekK19 Closed 2020-02-21 20:59 Dreamy Jazz 2020-02-22 14:46 Cabayi 2020-02-22 05:42
Joseph kargbo Closed 2020-02-22 07:28 Dreamy Jazz 2020-02-23 18:40
Santawiki1804 Closed 2020-02-22 09:42 DeltaQuad 2020-02-22 16:55 DeltaQuad 2020-02-22 16:55
VRAJESH SHAH Closed 2020-02-22 15:47 Dreamy Jazz 2020-02-23 18:53
Никита-Родин-2002 Closed 2020-02-22 22:27 Sro23 2020-02-23 05:02 Sro23 2020-02-23 05:02
M3diaguide Closed 2020-02-23 15:29 Sir Sputnik 2020-02-24 00:12 Sir Sputnik 2020-02-24 00:12
Alex Neman Closed 2020-02-23 16:48 QEDK 2020-02-24 10:47 QEDK 2020-02-24 10:47
Specialwood Closed 2020-02-23 17:15 Bbb23 2020-02-23 18:30 Bbb23 2020-02-23 18:30
F121212 Closed 2020-02-23 17:37 TonyBallioni 2020-02-23 17:43 TonyBallioni 2020-02-23 17:43
Mmoates Closed 2020-02-23 17:55 Bbb23 2020-02-24 14:09 Bbb23 2020-02-24 14:09
Frankie De Pyae Closed 2020-02-23 18:26 Dreamy Jazz 2020-02-23 19:16
Sophia.123xx Closed 2020-02-23 23:12 Mz7 2020-02-24 05:01 Mz7 2020-02-24 05:01
Annemariecarney Closed 2020-02-24 00:23 Bbb23 2020-02-24 01:57 Bbb23 2020-02-24 01:57
Diva166 Closed 2020-02-24 00:40 Dreamy Jazz 2020-02-24 00:51 Bbb23 2020-02-24 00:43

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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