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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.
  3. Concision is key. Evidence should be presented in a concise format. Because of the length of the backlog, cases with clear and concise explanations and evidence are handled the most quickly.

Investigations are conducted by a clerk or an administrator, 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)
Bodiadub Endorsed 2021-10-11 06:34 RoySmith 2021-11-29 01:31 RoySmith 2021-11-29 01:31
Ankit yadav 529 Endorsed 2021-11-26 15:59 Timtrent 2021-11-30 12:44 Jack Frost 2021-11-30 11:59
Abhinavinternet 10001 CU requested 2021-11-19 09:44 Suneye1 2021-11-25 13:42 Spicy 2021-11-19 11:10
Ilri cgiar CU requested 2021-11-19 14:26 InvalidOS 2021-11-30 12:56 Dreamy Jazz 2021-11-25 12:22
Ardiansyah Abdurrahman CU requested 2021-11-19 15:11 The Alternate Mako 2021-11-20 09:14
Vice regent CU requested 2021-11-21 07:57 Vice regent 2021-11-26 15:06
Dear Debasish CU requested 2021-11-22 16:17 Dear Debasish 2021-11-28 07:14
Anshumantiwariofficials CU requested 2021-11-25 04:53 163.1.15.238 2021-11-29 16:11 Jack Frost 2021-11-27 22:58
Shuja16 CU requested 2021-11-25 14:08 Nthep 2021-11-25 14:44
Winningjahofficial CU requested 2021-11-25 20:30 Curb Safe Charmer 2021-11-25 20:32
AndreaGotts CU requested 2021-11-26 13:01 Rastinition 2021-11-26 13:02
Jannizzero1 CU requested 2021-11-26 13:39 Firefly 2021-11-30 11:58
Nittin Das CU requested 2021-11-27 06:15 WalkingDisks 2021-11-27 06:15
DooksFoley147 CU requested 2021-11-27 21:13 Betty Logan 2021-11-28 08:15
Nguyễn Trần Minh Long CU requested 2021-11-28 06:22 MarkH21 2021-11-28 06:37
Rayooni CU requested 2021-11-28 17:33 M.Bitton 2021-11-28 17:33
Gardenofaleph CU requested 2021-11-28 19:29 Gardenofaleph 2021-11-29 03:36
Syed amjad08 CU requested 2021-11-29 12:45 Bbb23 2021-11-29 12:45
Alvalade XXI CU requested 2021-11-29 18:53 Bbb23 2021-11-29 18:53
Slowking4 CU requested 2021-11-30 04:06 Beetstra 2021-11-30 07:12
Cambria Math CU requested 2021-11-30 08:33 Lugnuts 2021-11-30 08:33
Mr Deactler CU requested 2021-11-30 10:28 Spiderone 2021-11-30 10:30
Anshumantiwariofficials Awaiting clerk 2021-11-25 04:53 163.1.15.238 2021-11-29 16:11 Jack Frost 2021-11-27 22:58
Arediah Awaiting clerk 2021-11-25 19:13 Dreamy Jazz 2021-11-26 12:02 Dreamy Jazz 2021-11-26 12:02
Bodiadub CU completed 2021-10-11 06:34 RoySmith 2021-11-29 01:31 RoySmith 2021-11-29 01:31
Hoseinkandovan CU completed 2021-11-15 07:40 Chelokabob 2021-11-29 19:20 RoySmith 2021-11-29 01:57
Notagainst CU completed 2021-11-18 17:50 RoySmith 2021-11-26 21:39 RoySmith 2021-11-26 21:39
Ilri cgiar CU completed 2021-11-19 14:26 InvalidOS 2021-11-30 12:56 Dreamy Jazz 2021-11-25 12:22
Preshprosh12 CU completed 2021-11-19 18:11 Ponyo 2021-11-19 19:16 Ponyo 2021-11-19 19:16
Lovetogether CU completed 2021-11-22 08:56 Dreamy Jazz 2021-11-25 10:43 Dreamy Jazz 2021-11-25 10:43
Pro Gamer Dope CU completed 2021-11-22 15:28 Blablubbs 2021-11-27 19:17 Blablubbs 2021-11-27 19:17
Editor usov CU completed 2021-11-23 15:00 RoySmith 2021-11-27 02:54 RoySmith 2021-11-27 02:54
WorldCreaterFighter CU completed 2021-11-23 15:46 RoySmith 2021-11-29 18:40 RoySmith 2021-11-29 18:40
Billyatthewheels CU completed 2021-11-24 06:50 RoySmith 2021-11-29 02:31 RoySmith 2021-11-29 02:31
Ronakabhattrz CU completed 2021-11-24 10:48 Dreamy Jazz 2021-11-25 00:48 Dreamy Jazz 2021-11-25 00:48
PaullyMatthews CU completed 2021-11-25 20:49 Apaugasma 2021-11-30 11:47 RoySmith 2021-11-28 20:47
MichaelDabhi CU completed 2021-11-27 18:24 Vanjagenije 2021-11-29 22:54 Vanjagenije 2021-11-29 22:54
Inebranlable92 CU completed 2021-11-28 20:53 Dreamy Jazz 2021-11-28 23:12 Dreamy Jazz 2021-11-28 23:12
Rishabisajakepauler CU completed 2021-11-28 23:45 RoySmith 2021-11-29 19:59 RoySmith 2021-11-29 19:59
Neilshasairat Open 2021-11-16 20:06 Jack Frost 2021-11-20 22:51 Jack Frost 2021-11-20 22:51
2636z Open 2021-11-16 23:36 Pilaz 2021-11-16 23:36
Hocimi Open 2021-11-18 21:04 WA8MTWAYC 2021-11-23 09:39
K9 the dog Open 2021-11-19 10:43 Cabayi 2021-11-19 10:52 Cabayi 2021-11-19 10:52
Xayahrainie43 Open 2021-11-19 15:12 JayBeeEll 2021-11-19 15:12
Burmese Queen Open 2021-11-19 21:19 CentreLeftRight 2021-11-19 21:19
Keegscee Open 2021-11-20 03:21 67.8.0.167 2021-11-20 19:36
Khaliwarriors Open 2021-11-20 17:29 FDW777 2021-11-20 17:29
Shaquezedrayton Open 2021-11-21 01:53 Wizzito 2021-11-21 01:54
Pestophagous Open 2021-11-21 23:33 CorbieVreccan 2021-11-23 17:47
Hamiltonandrew Open 2021-11-22 09:55 Wizzito 2021-11-23 06:23
Txking17 Open 2021-11-23 20:22 Kleinpecan 2021-11-23 20:22
DJdjPollard15 Open 2021-11-25 01:08 PeeJay 2021-11-29 18:52
Shalivahan2 Open 2021-11-25 06:58 Joshua Jonathan 2021-11-25 07:02
Shooting Spirit 007 Open 2021-11-25 14:27 Lugnuts 2021-11-26 10:12
Sarah Carvalho Open 2021-11-27 13:53 Ætoms 2021-11-27 13:53
Rajeshkumar999 Open 2021-11-27 21:11 Liz 2021-11-27 21:13
JAWAD1P Open 2021-11-28 10:51 Justlettersandnumbers 2021-11-28 10:51
Annabananaxii Open 2021-11-28 14:23 Hammersoft 2021-11-28 21:43
MMW world Open 2021-11-28 19:23 TheSandDoctor 2021-11-28 19:41 TheSandDoctor 2021-11-28 19:41
Indudhar Haleangadi Open 2021-11-29 11:20 Sdrqaz 2021-11-29 11:20
Hopeful2014 Open 2021-11-29 12:22 Lord Belbury 2021-11-29 12:22
Swatiumk Open 2021-11-29 12:52 Giraffer 2021-11-29 12:52
Jinnifer Open 2021-11-29 21:18 Drmies 2021-11-29 21:18 Drmies 2021-11-29 21:18
LemonJuice78 Open 2021-11-30 05:44 SuperWIKI 2021-11-30 05:44
Vallabharebel Open 2021-11-30 06:32 Spike 'em 2021-11-30 06:32
Lightiggy CU declined (CU) 2021-11-25 22:09 FlightTime 2021-11-29 20:31 Mz7 2021-11-27 07:43
Solavirum CU declined 2021-11-23 08:42 Sir Sputnik 2021-11-24 02:14 Sir Sputnik 2021-11-24 02:14
TekkenJinKazama More info req. 2021-11-22 20:17 Chess 2021-11-23 16:47 Ferret 2021-11-23 16:01
Timmylegend On hold (CU) 2021-11-16 22:11 RoySmith 2021-11-26 18:25 RoySmith 2021-11-26 18:25
Arunmathewleo On hold 2021-11-16 16:42 Tamzin 2021-11-24 21:56 Tamzin 2021-11-24 21:56
Anshuman Tiwari Official On hold 2021-11-25 07:36 Jack Frost 2021-11-25 09:28 Jack Frost 2021-11-25 09:28
Bodiadub Closed 2021-10-11 06:34 RoySmith 2021-11-29 01:31 RoySmith 2021-11-29 01:31
Ineedtostopforgetting Closed 2021-11-12 06:09 TheSandDoctor 2021-11-29 05:01 TheSandDoctor 2021-11-29 05:01
Kingdrog Closed 2021-11-14 00:12 Jack Frost 2021-11-30 00:45 Jack Frost 2021-11-30 00:45
Hoseinkandovan Closed 2021-11-15 07:40 Chelokabob 2021-11-29 19:20 RoySmith 2021-11-29 01:57
Bandar perda Closed 2021-11-18 17:12 Ivanvector 2021-11-30 01:15 Ivanvector 2021-11-30 01:15
GoogleMeNowPlease Closed 2021-11-20 06:35 RoySmith 2021-11-29 23:50 RoySmith 2021-11-29 23:50
Korvex Closed 2021-11-20 06:36 RoySmith 2021-11-29 23:56 RoySmith 2021-11-29 23:56
Pitzzaboy Closed 2021-11-25 01:22 Tamzin 2021-11-30 00:57 Tamzin 2021-11-30 00:57
Araxes TheThief Closed 2021-11-25 16:32 HistoryofIran 2021-11-30 10:14 Sir Sputnik 2021-11-30 00:41
Heres The Dealio Closed 2021-11-28 16:35 Spicy 2021-11-29 08:21 Spicy 2021-11-29 08:21
יניב הורון Closed 2021-11-29 00:21 GeneralNotability 2021-11-30 01:27 GeneralNotability 2021-11-30 01:27
ClassicYoghurt Closed 2021-11-29 09:38 Ferret 2021-11-29 17:27 Ferret 2021-11-29 17:27
Rbhu23 Closed 2021-11-29 17:46 RoySmith 2021-11-30 01:11 RoySmith 2021-11-30 01:11
Orchomen Closed 2021-11-29 18:46 RoySmith 2021-11-29 23:18 RoySmith 2021-11-29 23:18
Nabasile Closed 2021-11-29 19:11 Vanjagenije 2021-11-29 22:56 Vanjagenije 2021-11-29 22:56
The Egyptian army Closed 2021-11-29 19:26 RoySmith 2021-11-29 21:29 RoySmith 2021-11-29 21:29
WelcometoJurassicPark Closed 2021-11-29 20:24 Bbb23 2021-11-30 03:02
Changingguardsatbuckinghampalace Closed 2021-11-29 22:00 GeneralNotability 2021-11-30 00:53 GeneralNotability 2021-11-30 00:53
47.146.89.139 Closed 2021-11-29 22:55 Sir Sputnik 2021-11-30 00:46 Sir Sputnik 2021-11-30 00:46
Remitbuber Closed 2021-11-30 00:47 RoySmith 2021-11-30 02:53 RoySmith 2021-11-30 02:53
Liliana Verdiana Levy Closed 2021-11-30 08:45 Dreamy Jazz 2021-11-30 11:43 Dreamy Jazz 2021-11-30 11:43
Iamrealmohsin Closed 2021-11-30 10:09 Blablubbs 2021-11-30 11:27 Blablubbs 2021-11-30 11:27


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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