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The word stub means something that is very short. On Wikipedia, a stub is a short or small page. When authors create a new page, they sometimes use {{stub}} because it is very short, and other writers need to add a lot more information to the page. Pages with 1,500 or less characters (this means letters, numbers, and some symbols such as $, all together) are stubs here. If a stub has no good information places, or if it has no need of being here, it may be deleted or be put in the correct page.

Stub Caution/Warning!

If you make or discover a stub, here is what you should do. You can make the page better, or if you think that someone else would change the page to be better, add {{stub}} to the beginning of the page to tell other writers to make the page longer and better. Use this to put and show the message on the page:

Read Wikipedia:Template messages for more information.

Stubs should not have {{stub}} for a long time. They should be put in stub categories. Read Wikipedia:Simple Stub Project for more information.

Discovering stubs

The MediaWiki software can make discovering stubs easy. To make it do this, make Threshold for stub display more than 0. This makes it easy to discover or fix (make into a good page) a stub. Read your settings page to discover how to turn it on, or read Help:User preferences for more help on this and other settings.

To discover a stub, read this page to see what links to the stub page:

Make stubs better

Many stubs are one paragraph or less. Stubs do not have complete information of the subject of the page.

  1. Make a "This is a stub" message by adding {{stub}} (Read Wikipedia:Template messages for more). This will tell people who read the page that tells them that more work needs to be done. Some people watch the New Changes page, but adding the message will tell more people.
  2. Write in Simple English. Use complete sentences.
  3. If you can easily read English that is not simple (for example, if English is your first language), you may want to read the page on the main English Wikipedia and make a simple version of that page on this Wikipedia.
  4. Add a good definition or description about/of your topic. For biographies (books about real people) and pages about non-concepts (for example, about countries and cities), definitions can not be made, so begin with a clear, helpful description of the subject with helpful information. For pages or stubs about a person, write what he or she is famous for. For a place, write where it is and things that make it special. For an event, tell what it was and when it was. A good definition or description help people by showing the edge of the best of the article, and shows how the page can be better. For example, Salvador Allende was the President of Chile from 1970 until 1973 is a good description.
  5. Write more than a definition. It does not hurt to write ideas that not all people think is correct, but try to have as many ideas about the subject as you can and try to use correct facts. What is good and useful about the subject? If your beginning of the page can make people want to read more of the page, then it can make some people write more. As small as 1 new sentence can make a good page beginning into a very good stub, for example Salvador Allende was the President of Chile from 1970 to 1973. The CIA could been in the movement that removed him from government. You do not have to know more yourself; many people will be happy to add new information.
  6. Make sure any words that people might want to read more about have been linked, but be careful about the words you link, read Wikipedia:Naming conventions. For example, Salvador Allende was the President of Chile from 1970 to 1973. The CIA might have been in the movement that removed him from government.
  7. Save the page with a change summary that will make others want to fix that stub.
  8. If no person adds to your stub for weeks, then your stub might not be good, so you should try to make your stub better yourself.