Administrator instructions

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 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.

Cases currently listed at SPI

Investigation Status Filed at (UTC) Last user edit Last clerk/CU edit
User Time (UTC) User Time (UTC)
Yeu aga maj CU requested 2022-03-09 13:53 JJMC89 2022-04-24 02:48 JJMC89 2022-04-24 02:48
MMW world CU requested 2022-03-26 22:43 Fehufanga 2022-04-26 13:41 Blablubbs 2022-03-27 00:14
WorldCreaterFighter CU requested 2022-04-12 04:43 Hunan201p 2022-04-28 03:10
Giriprasad Damodar 02 CU requested 2022-04-30 20:17 DMacks 2022-04-30 20:17
BritneySpearsTillTheWorldEnds CU requested 2022-05-01 06:45 Callanecc 2022-05-01 06:47
Oneboygreen Awaiting clerk 2022-03-02 17:16 Girth Summit 2022-03-03 18:58 Girth Summit 2022-03-03 18:58
Nikhil Srivastava Awaiting clerk 2022-03-15 15:08 Ivanvector 2022-03-15 15:16 Ivanvector 2022-03-15 15:16
ElizabethWiki2001 Awaiting clerk 2022-04-02 11:35 Bri 2022-04-07 17:52 GeneralNotability 2022-04-06 18:45
Biancasuarez Awaiting clerk 2022-04-02 18:42 Spicy 2022-04-10 14:45 Spicy 2022-04-10 14:45
IndaneLove Awaiting clerk 2022-04-05 02:38 Spicy 2022-04-29 16:38 Spicy 2022-04-29 16:38
Scooterlife Awaiting clerk 2022-04-14 14:59 Callanecc 2022-04-22 11:00 RoySmith 2022-04-15 12:50
Gabriel2403 Awaiting clerk 2022-04-25 03:52 Jack Frost 2022-04-26 04:11 Jack Frost 2022-04-26 04:11
Friedjof Awaiting clerk 2022-04-25 09:17 Girth Summit 2022-04-25 14:52 Girth Summit 2022-04-25 14:52
Qaumrambista Awaiting clerk 2022-04-28 06:26 Qaumrambista 2022-05-01 01:08
Rajmaan Awaiting clerk 2022-04-28 09:00 Bbb23 2022-04-29 15:58 RoySmith 2022-04-29 14:49
Introductionneeded Awaiting clerk 2022-04-30 00:24 Drmies 2022-04-30 19:54 Drmies 2022-04-30 19:54
MMW world CU completed 2022-03-26 22:43 Fehufanga 2022-04-26 13:41 Blablubbs 2022-03-27 00:14
DJdjPollard15 CU completed 2022-04-06 15:43 Mz7 2022-04-12 07:59 Mz7 2022-04-12 07:59
GermanKity CU completed 2022-04-16 23:55 RoySmith 2022-04-28 18:23 RoySmith 2022-04-28 18:23
UA85 CU completed 2022-04-20 06:21 Mz7 2022-04-23 01:02 Mz7 2022-04-23 01:02
Sam0006 CU completed 2022-04-26 18:28 RoySmith 2022-04-29 17:03 RoySmith 2022-04-29 17:03
Bennet43 CU completed 2022-04-26 21:25 GeneralNotability 2022-04-28 01:42 GeneralNotability 2022-04-28 01:42
Joshstovall CU completed 2022-04-27 13:58 Girth Summit 2022-04-27 18:32 Girth Summit 2022-04-27 18:32
Mike Matthews17 CU completed 2022-04-27 16:59 Drmies 2022-04-28 14:41 Drmies 2022-04-28 14:41
Khorang CU completed 2022-04-28 14:09 Mz7 2022-04-29 05:00 Mz7 2022-04-29 05:00
Kylerschin CU completed 2022-04-29 03:18 AmandaNP 2022-04-29 12:32 AmandaNP 2022-04-29 12:32
Athiselva CU completed 2022-04-30 18:58 RoySmith 2022-04-30 22:22 RoySmith 2022-04-30 22:22
Elias Disney Open 2022-03-29 15:17 Drmies 2022-03-29 15:17 Drmies 2022-03-29 15:17
202.136.69.223 Open 2022-04-07 17:04 Callanecc 2022-04-24 02:38 Drmies 2022-04-22 14:25
DarkWariior Open 2022-04-17 17:15 Magitroopa 2022-04-18 21:34
Dtt1 Open 2022-04-22 17:47 RoySmith 2022-04-22 18:06 RoySmith 2022-04-22 18:06
P A NOUSHAD ENGLISH POET Open 2022-04-23 06:42 FDW777 2022-04-23 06:42
Evansjack1 Open 2022-04-26 01:44 Largoplazo 2022-04-26 01:45
Honduras200010 Open 2022-04-26 07:15 Largoplazo 2022-04-26 07:15
Ak131001 Open 2022-04-26 13:56 Ravensfire 2022-04-26 14:02
Dreisar20 Open 2022-04-28 02:25 Engr. Smitty 2022-04-28 02:25
Kaepertank Open 2022-04-28 14:27 Politanvm 2022-04-29 19:02
Saatalanyerler Open 2022-04-28 21:55 Deppty 2022-04-28 21:58
Correctinfo86 Open 2022-04-29 11:07 Fylindfotberserk 2022-04-29 11:07
Savary34 Open 2022-04-29 14:24 Painting17 2022-04-29 14:29
Cyber.Eyes.2005 Open 2022-04-30 12:49 Fylindfotberserk 2022-04-30 12:49
Pptt226 Open 2022-04-30 23:44 Celestina007 2022-04-30 23:44
9tf7g4y39rt48hrue9ower435ty64 Open 2022-05-01 06:20 Xeldon777 2022-05-01 06:20
1.43.58.115 Open 2022-05-01 08:47 HankScorpio1519 2022-05-01 08:47
Diego Grez-Cañete CU declined (CU) 2022-04-18 20:50 Tamzin 2022-04-19 22:23 Tamzin 2022-04-19 22:23
Michael Ylvisaker CU declined 2022-04-08 04:46 Sir Sputnik 2022-04-10 15:14 Sir Sputnik 2022-04-10 15:14
SamBo198 CU declined 2022-04-09 19:50 Sir Sputnik 2022-04-10 15:15 Sir Sputnik 2022-04-10 15:15
46.199.248.88 CU declined 2022-04-15 16:51 Jack Frost 2022-04-16 03:19 Jack Frost 2022-04-16 03:19
Dank19383892029834 CU declined 2022-04-20 06:07 RS6784 2022-04-20 09:27 Jack Frost 2022-04-20 08:45
Gakanr CU declined 2022-04-28 10:49 Spicy 2022-04-28 11:15 Spicy 2022-04-28 11:15
Santiago Ríos Undurraga CU declined 2022-04-29 19:07 Asparagusus 2022-04-30 00:09 Spicy 2022-04-29 21:14
Showbiz826 Closed 2022-04-06 20:03 Abecedare 2022-04-30 18:44 RoySmith 2022-04-07 14:18
Xparta Closed 2022-04-11 23:47 JJMC89 2022-04-30 00:24 JJMC89 2022-04-30 00:24
Rahul Vijay Kumar Closed 2022-04-26 11:47 Zzuuzz 2022-04-27 18:37 Zzuuzz 2022-04-27 18:37
Rm manager Player Closed 2022-04-27 13:05 Girth Summit 2022-04-27 18:02 Girth Summit 2022-04-27 18:02
SarahBill1 Closed 2022-04-28 15:01 GeneralizationsAreBad 2022-04-30 23:07 GeneralizationsAreBad 2022-04-30 23:07
Αθλητικά Closed 2022-04-29 13:59 Girth Summit 2022-04-30 10:11 Girth Summit 2022-04-30 10:11
Nsereko Afriqana Closed 2022-04-29 17:27 Mz7 2022-04-30 01:13 Mz7 2022-04-30 01:13
Jinnifer Closed 2022-04-29 17:40 Mz7 2022-04-30 01:16 Mz7 2022-04-30 01:16
ASIANPOPCHANNEL Closed 2022-04-30 04:19 RoySmith 2022-04-30 14:32 RoySmith 2022-04-30 14:32
Νικόλας Παπαποστόλου Closed 2022-04-30 09:11 PAVLOV 2022-04-30 10:23 Girth Summit 2022-04-30 10:13
Əzərbəyəniləri Closed 2022-04-30 12:20 RoySmith 2022-04-30 17:38 RoySmith 2022-04-30 17:38
Jemlim0108 Closed 2022-04-30 15:08 Sir Sputnik 2022-04-30 23:41 Sir Sputnik 2022-04-30 23:41
Zavia345 Closed 2022-04-30 16:25 RoySmith 2022-05-01 02:37 RoySmith 2022-05-01 02:37
Eskinderk Closed 2022-04-30 17:58 RoySmith 2022-05-01 01:10 RoySmith 2022-05-01 01:10
Buzzards-Watch Me Work Closed 2022-04-30 19:37 RoySmith 2022-04-30 20:30 RoySmith 2022-04-30 20:30
Best known for IP Closed 2022-04-30 22:12 Favonian 2022-04-30 22:16
Jaideep thakur Closed 2022-04-30 22:33 RoySmith 2022-05-01 02:04 RoySmith 2022-05-01 02:04

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))

Navboxes