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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
Ezidishingali CU requested 2019-09-02 11:02 UTC Someguy1221 2019-09-05 10:55 UTC Bbb23 2019-09-02 23:58 UTC
Slowking4 CU requested 2019-09-05 06:13 UTC Beetstra 2019-09-15 08:13 UTC Berean Hunter 2019-09-13 00:58 UTC
My Royal Young CU requested 2019-09-08 21:25 UTC Frood 2019-09-10 01:38 UTC
Abhishek9779 CU requested 2019-09-10 12:12 UTC Aman.kumar.goel 2019-09-10 12:16 UTC
Ilmulnafia CU requested 2019-09-10 15:00 UTC Continental Rift 2019-09-15 17:23 UTC
TannerGoethals3 CU requested 2019-09-11 07:55 UTC Bbb23 2019-09-11 13:13 UTC Bbb23 2019-09-11 13:13 UTC
Rameezraja001 CU requested 2019-09-15 10:34 UTC पाटलिपुत्र 2019-09-17 11:47 UTC
Shankar 1382 CU requested 2019-09-15 11:19 UTC 2405:204:D183:549D:4CDB:D494:6DDD:2C6E 2019-09-15 11:19 UTC
AhamBrahmasmi CU requested 2019-09-15 15:28 UTC 2405:204:D104:4719:FC51:B803:8475:48BD 2019-09-15 15:28 UTC
יניב הורון CU requested 2019-09-16 05:27 UTC R9tgokunks 2019-09-16 06:13 UTC
Tbc32 CU requested 2019-09-16 18:15 UTC Fayenatic london 2019-09-16 21:41 UTC
Macking3004 CU requested 2019-09-17 04:32 UTC ThatMontrealIP 2019-09-17 04:35 UTC
Sallygalpal CU requested 2019-09-17 07:44 UTC Originalmess 2019-09-17 07:44 UTC
Muhammad Samiuddin Qazi (sami) CU requested 2019-09-17 10:25 UTC Fylindfotberserk 2019-09-17 10:25 UTC
Anupamofficial CU completed 2019-07-23 09:32 UTC Guerillero 2019-07-28 05:37 UTC Guerillero 2019-07-28 05:37 UTC
Barok777 CU completed 2019-07-23 21:35 UTC Berean Hunter 2019-08-29 02:45 UTC Berean Hunter 2019-08-29 02:45 UTC
Tiber3725 CU completed 2019-08-28 16:22 UTC TheSandDoctor 2019-09-16 05:05 UTC Yunshui 2019-09-02 08:04 UTC
ShreyashBhakare CU completed 2019-08-30 14:39 UTC Berean Hunter 2019-09-06 01:47 UTC Berean Hunter 2019-09-06 01:47 UTC
Abhishek shannu CU completed 2019-08-31 11:58 UTC NinjaRobotPirate 2019-09-06 20:16 UTC NinjaRobotPirate 2019-09-06 20:16 UTC
Hurungudo CU completed 2019-09-03 23:59 UTC Bbb23 2019-09-04 22:21 UTC Bbb23 2019-09-04 22:21 UTC
Sweethominy CU completed 2019-09-06 23:28 UTC Berean Hunter 2019-09-07 15:52 UTC Berean Hunter 2019-09-07 15:52 UTC
Whitloe CU completed 2019-09-12 03:26 UTC ThatMontrealIP 2019-09-13 00:02 UTC Berean Hunter 2019-09-12 09:27 UTC
Ericacbarnett CU completed 2019-09-15 18:54 UTC Huon 2019-09-16 16:41 UTC Bbb23 2019-09-15 20:07 UTC
Amfithea CU completed 2019-09-17 10:39 UTC Berean Hunter 2019-09-17 10:40 UTC Berean Hunter 2019-09-17 10:40 UTC
Ck4829 Open 2019-07-06 13:05 UTC Bbb23 2019-09-01 13:51 UTC Bbb23 2019-09-01 13:51 UTC
Cweeks323 Open 2019-07-14 15:48 UTC 114.167.30.25 2019-09-13 21:11 UTC DeltaQuad 2019-07-16 07:00 UTC
Nafeby633 Open 2019-07-21 04:41 UTC Bbb23 2019-09-05 13:44 UTC Bbb23 2019-09-05 13:44 UTC
SudheerTelaprolu Open 2019-07-24 11:38 UTC Bbb23 2019-07-24 13:46 UTC Bbb23 2019-07-24 13:46 UTC
Dexterous B Open 2019-07-28 17:09 UTC DeltaQuad 2019-08-23 17:25 UTC DeltaQuad 2019-08-23 17:25 UTC
Coal Press Nation Open 2019-07-29 11:23 UTC Bbb23 2019-08-20 00:28 UTC Bbb23 2019-08-20 00:28 UTC
Dimas gilang Open 2019-08-25 08:00 UTC Bbb23 2019-09-14 16:30 UTC Bbb23 2019-09-14 16:30 UTC
Eeewww1 Open 2019-09-03 08:24 UTC Shellwood 2019-09-03 08:24 UTC
Brianmagallano Open 2019-09-03 15:18 UTC WayKurat 2019-09-17 05:56 UTC
Smart Aleck Open 2019-09-08 01:48 UTC STATicVapor 2019-09-16 22:26 UTC
Mnair69 Open 2019-09-08 16:24 UTC Vanjagenije 2019-09-08 16:25 UTC Vanjagenije 2019-09-08 16:25 UTC
KrishRoyceInc Open 2019-09-09 14:58 UTC Galatz 2019-09-16 13:21 UTC
Natly 88 Open 2019-09-09 17:13 UTC Ravensfire 2019-09-11 14:09 UTC Vanjagenije 2019-09-10 23:32 UTC
Josher8a Open 2019-09-10 06:21 UTC GSS 2019-09-10 06:21 UTC
Kyladcarter Open 2019-09-11 14:42 UTC Praxidicae 2019-09-12 13:21 UTC
Hopeful2014 Open 2019-09-12 08:19 UTC Lord Belbury 2019-09-12 08:19 UTC
Fbofficl Open 2019-09-12 17:20 UTC Praxidicae 2019-09-12 17:20 UTC
Yaysmay15 Open 2019-09-12 22:31 UTC Trialpears 2019-09-12 22:36 UTC
PankhilSen Open 2019-09-13 05:20 UTC Ravensfire 2019-09-16 14:16 UTC Bbb23 2019-09-13 13:25 UTC
Rashid Ghafoor Open 2019-09-13 06:28 UTC 61.207.74.156 2019-09-13 06:28 UTC
Кориоланыч Open 2019-09-14 07:50 UTC Nsk92 2019-09-14 08:05 UTC
Arshifakhan61 Open 2019-09-15 10:35 UTC GSS 2019-09-15 10:40 UTC
Qualitee123 Open 2019-09-15 12:14 UTC Michig 2019-09-16 08:49 UTC
Meister und Margarita Open 2019-09-15 12:28 UTC Bbb23 2019-09-15 14:21 UTC Bbb23 2019-09-15 14:21 UTC
Tertulius Open 2019-09-15 14:53 UTC Bearcat 2019-09-15 14:53 UTC
Subhrakant sahoo Open 2019-09-16 03:40 UTC HickoryOughtShirt?4 2019-09-16 03:41 UTC
Jomonkechery Open 2019-09-16 11:06 UTC GSS 2019-09-16 11:27 UTC
Rishikesh Kushwaha Open 2019-09-16 13:44 UTC GSS 2019-09-16 13:44 UTC
Ntyhoney Open 2019-09-16 14:53 UTC Fylindfotberserk 2019-09-16 14:54 UTC
JamesOredan Open 2019-09-16 20:23 UTC IamNotU 2019-09-16 20:23 UTC
Slade121 Open 2019-09-17 01:05 UTC Guliolopez 2019-09-17 10:54 UTC
Ljlas20 Open 2019-09-17 02:33 UTC LG-Gunther 2019-09-17 03:24 UTC
Reggieplata Open 2019-09-17 03:52 UTC IJBall 2019-09-17 12:31 UTC
Farooqahmadbhat Open 2019-09-17 04:51 UTC GSS 2019-09-17 05:01 UTC
Jackaustin1987 Open 2019-09-17 05:03 UTC SimonPenil 2019-09-17 06:06 UTC
Sellisdeep Open 2019-09-17 05:35 UTC GSS 2019-09-17 05:39 UTC
Rashmirparida Open 2019-09-17 07:53 UTC GSS 2019-09-17 08:19 UTC
Cdo2017 Open 2019-09-17 12:21 UTC Vinegarymass911 2019-09-17 12:21 UTC
Matercrater101 Declined 2019-08-26 22:12 UTC Y2kcrazyjoker4 2019-08-30 15:12 UTC Sir Sputnik 2019-08-26 22:47 UTC
RM Fleming, MD Declined (CU) 2019-07-18 16:45 UTC Salvio giuliano 2019-07-18 20:56 UTC Salvio giuliano 2019-07-18 20:56 UTC
Hugh 3476 Declined (CU) 2019-07-21 01:19 UTC Ohnoitsjamie 2019-08-28 13:13 UTC Ivanvector 2019-08-28 13:05 UTC
D A R C 12345 Declined (CU) 2019-09-03 02:21 UTC Justlettersandnumbers 2019-09-15 22:17 UTC Bbb23 2019-09-03 13:55 UTC
Samrat Singh Jaunpur Declined (CU) 2019-09-10 13:48 UTC Bbb23 2019-09-10 14:00 UTC Bbb23 2019-09-10 14:00 UTC
GChange Declined (CU) 2019-09-10 20:30 UTC Bbb23 2019-09-10 21:24 UTC Bbb23 2019-09-10 21:24 UTC
Partyrocker7711 Declined (CU) 2019-09-15 23:17 UTC Bbb23 2019-09-15 23:28 UTC Bbb23 2019-09-15 23:28 UTC
Prabhak582 Awaiting clerk 2019-09-13 07:15 UTC Uncle G 2019-09-15 01:03 UTC Bbb23 2019-09-13 11:14 UTC
Surjeetsing Awaiting clerk 2019-09-15 18:19 UTC Bbb23 2019-09-15 18:40 UTC Bbb23 2019-09-15 18:40 UTC
Woshiyiweizhongguoren Awaiting clerk 2019-09-17 12:36 UTC Cabayi 2019-09-17 12:36 UTC Cabayi 2019-09-17 12:36 UTC
Sandesh Tupsundre On hold 2019-08-05 08:08 UTC L235 2019-09-09 03:57 UTC L235 2019-09-09 03:57 UTC
Benebimo On hold (CU) 2019-08-18 14:36 UTC Bbb23 2019-08-29 14:44 UTC Bbb23 2019-08-29 14:44 UTC
Satt 2 On hold (CU) 2019-08-28 01:58 UTC Patrickneil 2019-09-02 13:18 UTC Bbb23 2019-08-28 02:01 UTC
Arunkumarnaik Closed 2019-09-07 03:39 UTC TonyBallioni 2019-09-14 22:58 UTC TonyBallioni 2019-09-14 22:58 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".

==== HEADER ====
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* {{Checkuser|
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