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The objective of this article is to provide a general guide for dealing with stubs. The first section, There was an error working with the wiki: Code[8], contains basic information. The second half, There was an error working with the wiki: Code[9] contains more specialised material.

Essential information about stubs

A stub is an article that is too short to provide encyclopaedic coverage of the subject, but not so short as to provide no useful information. To qualify as a stub it must at least define the meaning of the article's title. Often that means three to ten short sentences, but less text may be sufficient to qualify as a stub for articles on narrow topics, and complicated topics with more than ten sentences may still be stubs. However, in reality, many articles which are labeled as stubs are much longer than that. You can help Wikipedia by removing inappropriate stub notices.

Another way to define a stub is an article so incomplete that an editor who knows little or nothing about the topic could improve its content after a superficial Web search or a few minutes in a reference library. An article that can be improved by only a rather knowledgeable editor, or after significant research, may not be a stub.

Sizeable articles which lack There was an error working with the wiki: Code[10] or There was an error working with the wiki: Code[11] to be added to them instead. Note that small articles with little information may end up being nominated for There was an error working with the wiki: Code[12] or be There was an error working with the wiki: Code[13] into another relevant article.

While a 'definition' may be enough to qualify as a stub, There was an error working with the wiki: Code[14]. If little or no information beyond the definition is ever likely to be included the entry should go to our sister project called There was an error working with the wiki: Code[15] whereas an encyclopaedia article is about the person/concept/place/event/thing There was an error working with the wiki: Code[16] that word or phrase.) If your article is not a stub encyclopaedia article but is a stub dictionary article consider adding it to Wiktionary. Rather than copying it to Wiktionary yourself, you may also use There was an error working with the wiki: Code[1], which produces:

There was an error working with the wiki: Code[2]

There was an error working with the wiki: Code[17]. Do not mark stub encyclopaedia articles for copying to Wiktionary unless they will prove useful in writing one or more dictionary articles, about words or idioms, that Wiktionary does not yet have. Note that sometimes stub encyclopaedia articles may be badly written, and may look as if they are about a word or an idiom when in fact they are not. You can help Wikipedia by fixing the introductions of any badly written stub articles. Sometimes this is as simple as There was an error working with the wiki: Code[18].

Removing stub status

Once a stub has been properly expanded and becomes an article rather than just a stub, you or any editor may remove the stub tag from it. No There was an error working with the wiki: Code[19]' action or formal permission is needed. There was an error working with the wiki: Code[20] in removing stub tags that are clearly no longer applicable.

Categorizing stubs

After writing or finding the short article, the editor should insert what is called a stub template, which makes it possible for the article to be flagged as a stub. By convention, these stub templates should be placed near the bottom of the article. Because the stub identification is rendered on an article page prior to There was an error working with the wiki: Code[21] items like categories and inter-Wiki language links, the template is usually placed at the end of the article, after the External links section if it exists, after any navigation templates, and since stub categories serve a different purpose to the article's other categories, after the category tags (but before the inter-Wiki links), so that the stub category will appear last.

Stub templates are composed of two distinct parts: first, a short message stating that said article is a stub of a particular kind and encouraging editors to expand it second, a category link, which places the article in a stub category, together with other stubs with the same subject as it. Stub categories are transcluded, not substituted - that is, the templates are placed directly by adding their name between pairs of curly brackets (e.g., There was an error working with the wiki: Code[3]).

Note that you need not learn all the stub templates before tagging an article - even simply adding There was an error working with the wiki: Code[4] is a help. The more accurate a stub you can place on an article, however, the less work it will be for others to sort later.

The need for stub categories arose when the main There was an error working with the wiki: Code[25] became so full that it got quite hard to find articles on a specific topic. With stub categories, if an editor is, for example, a biologist, he or she can look for articles with the tag There was an error working with the wiki: Code[5] on said category and easily find stubs to which they can add, subtract, modify, etc.

In general, the naming for stub templates is topic-stub for a complete list of these templates, refer to There was an error working with the wiki: Code[22] WP:WSS). The project should be your main reference when it comes to this subject. If you feel that a stub would be better served by a new form of template, or if you feel a new stub type is needed, the new type should be proposed with this project at There was an error working with the wiki: Code[26] (WP:WSS/P), not simply made without debate (for further details of this process, see There was an error working with the wiki: Code[27]).

Ideal stub article

When you write a stub article, it is important to bear in mind that its main interest is to be expanded, and that thus it ideally contains enough information to give a basis for other editors to expand upon. The key here is to provide adequate context the extreme case of a very short article with little or no context to allow expansion is a There was an error working with the wiki: Code[23]. Your initial research may be done either through books or through a reliable search engine such as There was an error working with the wiki: Code[24].

Begin by giving a definition or description of the topic in question. Avoid There was an error working with the wiki: Code[28]. Since at times definitions are impossible, you should write a clear and informative description of the subject. State, for example, what a person is famous for, where a place is located and what it is known for, or state the basic details of an event and when it happened.

Next, you should try to expand this basic definition. The previously mentioned research methods will often fetch you enough information for you to be able to expose the basic points of the subject. Once you have a couple of well-structured and well-written sentences, you should internally link relevant words, so that users unfamiliar with the specifics of a subject can understand what is written on the article. Avoid linking words needlessly in case you are in doubt, you should use the preview button and try reading the article from the point of view of somebody who has had no exposure to information regarding the subject. If no word seems hard to comprehend or relevant enough, simply do not link anything.

Once you have submitted the article, there are a number of courses it may take. An editor might get interested in it and develop it further, or you could expand it yourself once you have found greater information about the subject.

Anyone can contribute to complete a stub.

Locating stubs

There was an error working with the wiki: Code[29] the main list of stub categories and of articles contained within them

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