Wikipedia:Sockpuppet investigations

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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. Upon request, investigations can also be conducted by a checkuser, who can look at technical data behind the accounts in order to determine how likely it is they are connected. CheckUser results are often called technical evidence, in contrast to publicly-available behavioural evidence.

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 add to an existing investigation (or case), enter the case name in the box below. To create a new investigation, enter the username of the oldest-created registered account (the "sockmaster")—or, if only IP addresses are involved, the IP that made the first relevant edit. Then click "Submit". Note: Do not include "User:" or any other commentary.

For example, if a prior filing was at Wikipedia:Sockpuppet investigations/John Doe, or this is a first filing and the oldest registered account is User: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 numbered 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. 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 not autoconfirmed, 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)
Physo172 CU requested 2023-01-13 12:28 MarioGom 2023-01-30 18:43 MarioGom 2023-01-30 18:43
Aqww CU requested 2023-01-24 03:23 MarioGom 2023-02-05 23:19 MarioGom 2023-02-05 23:19
Diabedia CU requested 2023-01-25 11:52 Kashmiri 2023-01-29 12:07
Abhishek62037 CU requested 2023-01-28 13:29 Spicy 2023-02-05 01:25 Spicy 2023-02-05 01:25
Iampharzad CU requested 2023-01-31 17:43 KoizumiBS 2023-01-31 17:52
Timtempleton CU requested 2023-02-01 20:06 Mz7 2023-02-04 23:51 Mz7 2023-02-04 23:51
BHARATHESHA ALASANDEMAJALU CU requested 2023-02-03 06:50 Callanecc 2023-02-04 09:37
Amanheheh337 CU requested 2023-02-03 16:41 Yuugone 2023-02-04 06:21
JEBahrain CU requested 2023-02-04 16:21 MPFitz1968 2023-02-04 21:33
Jishan.JAM CU requested 2023-02-05 02:41 Callanecc 2023-02-05 08:02
MattPC3O CU requested 2023-02-05 13:08 UtherSRG 2023-02-05 13:08
Marco lion CU requested 2023-02-05 17:05 Chris troutman 2023-02-05 17:05
MariaJaydHicky CU requested 2023-02-05 19:00 Binksternet 2023-02-05 21:19
Cleajames13 CU requested 2023-02-05 20:18 Tgeorgescu 2023-02-05 20:18
Tanyatong CU requested 2023-02-05 20:54 Waxworker 2023-02-05 20:54
УагаПесар Awaiting clerk 2023-02-04 14:13 LaundryPizza03 2023-02-05 01:35 Spicy 2023-02-04 19:17
NebulaOblongata CU completed 2023-01-01 23:50 Snuish2 2023-01-16 21:59 TheSandDoctor 2023-01-15 20:16
Physo172 CU completed 2023-01-13 12:28 MarioGom 2023-01-30 18:43 MarioGom 2023-01-30 18:43
Zavia345 CU completed 2023-01-24 16:14 Spicy 2023-02-05 00:57 Spicy 2023-02-05 00:57
GermanKity CU completed 2023-01-28 20:48 RoySmith 2023-02-03 02:44 RoySmith 2023-02-03 02:44
SiliconProphet CU completed 2023-01-29 06:35 Dekimasu 2023-01-31 07:52 Blablubbs 2023-01-29 19:36
Hums4r CU completed 2023-01-30 08:26 Blablubbs 2023-02-03 00:01 Blablubbs 2023-02-03 00:01
Princek2019 CU completed 2023-01-30 13:37 Mz7 2023-02-04 23:49 Mz7 2023-02-04 23:49
Europefan CU completed 2023-02-01 22:41 Girth Summit 2023-02-02 13:06 Girth Summit 2023-02-02 13:06
Dalai lama ding dong CU completed 2023-02-02 13:28 KrakatoaKatie 2023-02-03 15:35 KrakatoaKatie 2023-02-03 15:35
Hojjathassanpourvip Open 2023-02-02 15:07 Spiderone 2023-02-05 12:48 Spicy 2023-02-02 21:57
AlexLevyOne Open 2023-02-04 23:56 SashiRolls 2023-02-05 00:01
Krishnaballesh Open 2023-02-05 12:50 2A01:4C8:63:D401:81CE:E1D1:804D:84E2 2023-02-05 13:03
Rachellegeneroso Open 2023-02-05 12:55 Spiderone 2023-02-05 12:55
Aydın memmedov2000 Closed 2023-01-22 11:26 Callanecc 2023-02-05 00:40
Noname JR Closed 2023-01-25 18:09 M.Bitton 2023-02-05 13:48 Firefly 2023-02-05 12:15
Crount Closed 2023-01-28 17:39 MER-C 2023-02-05 13:28 Salvio giuliano 2023-02-05 08:37
Mostly shoaib Closed 2023-01-29 14:38 RoySmith 2023-02-05 20:48 RoySmith 2023-02-05 20:48
Condoritofan2012 Closed 2023-01-29 16:05 Blaze Wolf 2023-02-04 16:45 Mz7 2023-02-04 00:51
SAMAR FIRDOS ASHRAF (ASHRAF ALAM) Closed 2023-01-30 12:28 Mz7 2023-02-01 23:28 Mz7 2023-02-01 23:28
Dirk0001 Closed 2023-01-30 15:05 Spicy 2023-02-06 01:37 Spicy 2023-02-06 01:37
Cyrus watson Closed 2023-01-31 03:49 Bilby 2023-01-31 12:12 GeneralNotability 2023-01-31 03:52
Raliegofficial22 Closed 2023-01-31 19:09 Spicy 2023-02-02 23:57 Spicy 2023-02-02 23:57
David Adam Kess Closed 2023-01-31 23:36 NinjaRobotPirate 2023-02-05 05:50 NinjaRobotPirate 2023-02-05 05:50
DefaultUsername40 Closed 2023-02-01 02:10 Spicy 2023-02-02 23:08 Spicy 2023-02-02 23:08
Azukimonaka Closed 2023-02-01 02:45 Callanecc 2023-02-05 00:33 Blablubbs 2023-02-04 16:52
Villaboy889 Closed 2023-02-01 03:57 Blablubbs 2023-02-01 15:35 Blablubbs 2023-02-01 15:35
LemonJuice78 Closed 2023-02-01 08:58 Blablubbs 2023-02-03 02:05 Blablubbs 2023-02-03 02:05
محسن احمدی 2022 Closed 2023-02-01 09:00 Callanecc 2023-02-04 08:58 Spicy 2023-02-02 23:20
Young English Actor Closed 2023-02-01 19:42 Spicy 2023-02-02 23:52 Spicy 2023-02-02 23:52
Rohitkumar1997 Closed 2023-02-02 11:33 Spicy 2023-02-02 22:13 Spicy 2023-02-02 22:13
Hammadmustafapk Closed 2023-02-02 12:53 Ponyo 2023-02-03 18:45 Ponyo 2023-02-03 18:45
Hojjathassanpourvip Closed 2023-02-02 15:07 Spiderone 2023-02-05 12:48 Spicy 2023-02-02 21:57
Defeedme Closed 2023-02-02 16:56 Spicy 2023-02-05 00:34 Spicy 2023-02-05 00:34
Iozo42 Closed 2023-02-02 22:31 Spicy 2023-02-04 19:21 Spicy 2023-02-04 19:21
Gandalfett Closed 2023-02-03 00:33 Callanecc 2023-02-05 07:31 Spicy 2023-02-03 16:04
Danieljohnson478 Closed 2023-02-04 06:51 DatGuy 2023-02-04 20:17 Spicy 2023-02-04 19:55
Agt2008fan Closed 2023-02-04 11:18 Spicy 2023-02-04 20:05 Spicy 2023-02-04 20:05
Rivugayen Closed 2023-02-04 15:22 Spicy 2023-02-04 19:47 Spicy 2023-02-04 19:47
MrDavr Closed 2023-02-04 16:21 Bbb23 2023-02-05 01:09 Spicy 2023-02-04 19:51
Zidane MiM Closed 2023-02-04 16:39 Spicy 2023-02-04 19:50 Spicy 2023-02-04 19:50
Buzzards-Watch Me Work Closed 2023-02-05 00:25 Callanecc 2023-02-05 07:11 Spicy 2023-02-05 03:36
Dangervest69 Closed 2023-02-05 02:20 Callanecc 2023-02-05 07:22
GoOKC Closed 2023-02-05 02:57 Callanecc 2023-02-05 07:18
Alex Neman Closed 2023-02-05 03:23 Callanecc 2023-02-05 04:19
Scabab Closed 2023-02-05 03:39 Callanecc 2023-02-05 07:16
Obiwana Closed 2023-02-05 14:22 Girth Summit 2023-02-05 16:26 Girth Summit 2023-02-05 16:26
Abbasulu Closed 2023-02-05 16:41 DaxServer 2023-02-05 17:54 Girth Summit 2023-02-05 17:01
Cbauman12 Closed 2023-02-05 20:30 Blablubbs 2023-02-05 20:41 Blablubbs 2023-02-05 20:41

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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