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This article is about underdeveloped articles on Wikipedia. For other uses of the term stub, please see Stub (disambiguation).

A stub is a very short article, generally of one paragraph or less. Most stubs fail to cover all but the most trivial subjects completely. However, this does not mean the stub is not a legitimate article—it just needs to be expanded.


Some people take the idea even further and talk about "substubs", referring to extremely short articles that are shorter even than most dictionary entries. The term implies the information in the stub is insufficient or hard to interpret, e.g., "An airplane is a flying machine with wings." or "Douglas Adams was a famous author who died in the United States." While most stubs are useful and have the potential to expand into better articles, substubs are sometimes confusing or misleading. Depending on the situation, it may be possible to expand substubs, but if the substub provides no definition or context, it may be a candidate for speedy deletion.


The Wikipedia software can display links to stubs differently if you set the Threshold for stub display higher than 0, for example 200 to mark articles shorter than 200 characters. This makes it easy to find/fix (add content to) a stub. See Special:Preferences to set your threshold, or Help:Preferences for help on this and other settings.

Ways to fix a page edit (http://en.wikipedia.org/w/wiki.phtml?title=Template:Page_fixing_tools&action=edit)
Topic specific guidelines WikiProject - For guidelines on the format of everything from Saints to Mammals
Pages needing content work To-do list - Per page lists of jobs to-do.
Peer review - For pages that are close to Featured Article status
Requests for expansion
Pages needing attention - For pages which need serious attention from someone familiar with their subject
Cleanup - For pages that don't fit above
Images for cleanup - For images that need improvement
Inaccurate or POV pages Accuracy dispute
NPOV dispute
Multiple pages on the same subject Duplicate articles - To request that two or more pages be merged together.
One page on multiple subjects Disambiguation - when "articles about two or more different topics have the same natural title".
Articles to be split - one article that should broken up into more because multiple topics are covered.
Dictionary definitions Things to be moved to Wiktionary - To request a page be moved to Wiktionary.
Non-English pages Pages needing translation into English - To request attention to non-English content in the English Wikipedia.
Deletion Deletion policy - To start the process of deleting a page
Copyright problems Copyright problems - For pages which may violate copyright
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It encourages other users to expand the article.


Stub categories

Main page at: Wikipedia:Template messages/Stubs

Stubs can be given a stub category. This will allow those interested in the topic to find your article more readily and expand it. For example, if the article is related to music then add {{music-stub}}. This will add the following text to the article.

This will add the article to the category music stubs. For list of category tags you can use, see the list of template messages for topic-specific stub tags.


When the article is expanded

When you have added to the article, and it no longer looks like a stub, remove the tag. You can put the following in your edit summary:

[[Expanded article]]. Help Wikipedia by expanding stub articles.

This is to indicate that you have expanded a stub and to encourage more people to expand more stubs.


Expanding stubs

To expand a stub, you can incorporate and cite references about the topic in books, magazines, or newspapers; visit external links, if any, within the article; or you can search Google or Yahoo! for information about the topic. You can use your own knowledge as well. If you need help with expanding an article, you can request for it to be expanded or find someone who knows about the topic.


Lists of stubs

To find a stub, use the following lists (to see what links to this and similar pages):


Stubs sorted by category


Automated: All stubs || Most wanted stubs || Stubs w/o stub-msg || Shortpages || Shortest articles by character count


By what links to special stub pages: Template:stub || Wp:ff/stub || Tolkien stub || PBS stub


By full-text search for the stub message

  • {{stub}} with wikipedia search http://en.wikipedia.org/w/wiki.phtml?search={{stub}} (http://en.wikipedia.org/w/wiki.phtml?search=%7B%7Bstub%7D%7D) (If search is unavailable, this won't work.)
  • "This article is a stub." with Google (http://www.google.com/search?num=99&q=%22This+article+is+a+stub.+You+can+help+Wikipedia%22&sitesearch=http%3A%2F%2Fen.wikipedia.org) or Yahoo! (http://search.yahoo.com/search?p=%22This+article+is+a+stub.%22+site%3Aen.wikipedia.org) site search service, but make sure to put it in quotation marks to search for the exact phrase.
  • list of pages that link to the stub message here (http://en.wikipedia.org/w/wiki.phtml?title=Special:Whatlinkshere&target=Template:Stub)

Manual lists List of Pokémon Stubs


Stub Categories and CSS

How the stub messages are displayed depends on the settings of the CSS selector #stub, see Stubs sorted by category.


See also

  • Wikipedia:Stub and disambiguation message example.

 
 

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