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An article with minimal content that needs to be expended is a stub. Placing the [[Template:Stub|stub template]] on an article categorizes it, grouping it with other articles that are also in need of additional detail. To find a listing of stub articles, see the [[:Category:Stubs]].  
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A '''stub''' is an article with minimal content that needs to be expanded. Placing the [[Template:Stub|stub template]] on an article categorizes it, grouping it with other articles that are also in need of additional content. To find a list of stub articles, see the [[:Category:Stubs]].  
  
{{Resources for collaboration}}Sizable articles are usually not considered stubs, even if they lack wikification or copy editing. With these articles, a [[FamilySearch Wiki:Cleanup|cleanup]] template is usually added instead of a stub template. Note that if a small article has little properly sourced information, or if its subject has no inherent notability, it may be deleted or be merged into another relevant article.  
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Lengthy articles are not considered stubs, even if they need links to other wiki articles or copy editing. Instead, add a [[FamilySearch Wiki:Cleanup|Cleanup]] template. See the table of [[FamilySearch Wiki:Maintenance Templates|maintenance templates]] that can be used to classify articles according to contribution needed.  
  
There is no set size at which an article stops being a stub. While very short articles are likely to be stubs, there are some subjects about which there is very little that can be written. Conversely, there are subjects about which a lot could be written - their articles may still be stubs even if they are a few paragraphs long. As such, it is impossible to state whether an article is a stub based solely on its length, and any decision on the article has to come down to an editor's best judgement
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There is no specific size at which an article stops being a stub. Very short articles may often be stubs, but only if they do not adequately cover the subject of the article. An article of only a few short paragraphs may cover all the important information on a particular topic and so would not be classified as a stub. Length is not the determining factor. An article with headings and subheadings but no content should be categorized as a stub. Use the {{tl|Empty section}} template to identify empty sections within more complete articles.
  
=== How to mark an article as a stub  ===
 
  
After writing a short article, or finding an unmarked stub, insert the '''{{tl|Stub}}''' template at the very bottom of the page, after any navigational templates or category tags<ref>See [[FamilySearch_Wiki:Contributors_Meeting_20_Mar_2012]] for details about the change in stub placement from the top to the bottom of articles.</ref>.
 
  
=== Locating stubs ===
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=== Contributing to a stub article ===
  
*[[:Category:Stub categories]] - the main list of stub categories and of articles contained within them
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There are many types of information that might be added to an article, including but not limited to:  
*[[:Category:Stubs]] - used when a specific stub category has not yet created or is unknown
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*[[Special:Shortpages]] - auto-generated list of short pages, sorted with shortest first
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*By setting ''Threshold for stub link formatting'' in [[Special:Preferences|Preferences &gt; Misc]] to a maximum number of bytes to make links to pages smaller than a certain size appear in a different colour.
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=== Stubs about places: Add information!  ===
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*Links to related wiki articles
 
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Many stubs are about places. There are many types of information you can easily add to a place page, including but not limited to:
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*Ethnic groups
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*Events
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*Non-English Research Tools
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*County Origin. For instance, if the place page is about a county, the page could contain information about the county's parent counties. This information is often on the Family History Library Catalog. Include minimalist/simple/crucial information rather than general information.
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*Links to other helpful/relevant pages in Wiki
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*Links to pages on local ethnic, religious, or racial groups  
 
*Links to pages on local ethnic, religious, or racial groups  
*Strategy docs/case studies  
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*Ethnic groups<br>
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*Research tools
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*County origin/parent counties *Strategy docs/case studies  
 
*Gazetteers/place finding aids  
 
*Gazetteers/place finding aids  
 
*Translation or handwriting guides  
 
*Translation or handwriting guides  
 
*Links to pertinent online forums and discussion groups  
 
*Links to pertinent online forums and discussion groups  
 
*Links to digitized county histories  
 
*Links to digitized county histories  
*Timelines covering (destruction of records, natural disasters, major migrations, etc..)  
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*Timelines (covering destruction of records, natural disasters, major migrations, etc..)  
*Genealogical/Historical Events in the local media  
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*Genealogical/historical events in the local media  
 
*Images of the place or its records  
 
*Images of the place or its records  
 
*Events that affect jurisdictions and records  
 
*Events that affect jurisdictions and records  
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*Laws affecting adoptions, marriages, migrations, or record format  
 
*Laws affecting adoptions, marriages, migrations, or record format  
 
*Laws affecting record access  
 
*Laws affecting record access  
*Inventions (travel, migrations, etc.) epidemics, delays between inventions and their widespread acceptance (such as the Utah railroad)
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*Epidemics and natural disasters<br>
*Information on wars and drafts
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*Inventions (travel, migrations, etc.),; delays between inventions and their widespread acceptance<br>
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*Wars and citizen draft requirements
 
*Migration routes per time period
 
*Migration routes per time period
  
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See&nbsp;[[Montgomery County, Kentucky|Montgomery County, Kentucky]]&nbsp;for a good example of a filled out article.
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=== Marking an article as a stub  ===
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After writing a short article, or finding an unmarked stub, insert the '''{{tl|Stub}}''' template at the very bottom of the page, after any navigational templates or category tags<ref>See [[FamilySearch Wiki:Contributors Meeting 20 Mar 2012]] for details about the change in stub placement from the top to the bottom of articles.</ref>.
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=== Removing stub status  ===
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Once a stub has been properly expanded and becomes a larger article, any editor may remove its stub template. No administrator action or formal permission is needed.
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Many articles still marked as stubs have in fact been expanded beyond what is regarded as stub size. If an article is too large to be considered a stub but still needs expansion, the stub template may be removed and appropriate {{tl|expand section}} templates may be added.&nbsp; No article should contain both a stub template and an expand template.
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[[FamilySearch Wiki:Guiding Principles#Be_Bold|Be bold]] in removing stub tags that are clearly no longer applicable.
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=== Locating stubs  ===
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*[[:Category:Stub categories]] - the main list of stub categories and of articles contained within them
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*[[:Category:Stubs]] - used when a specific stub category has not yet created or is unknown
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*[[Special:Shortpages]] - auto-generated list of short pages, sorted with shortest first
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*By setting ''Threshold for stub link formatting'' in [[Special:Preferences|Preferences &gt; Appearance]] to a maximum number of bytes to make links to pages smaller than a certain size appear in a different colour.
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=== References  ===
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A stub is an article with minimal content that needs to be expanded. Placing the stub template on an article categorizes it, grouping it with other articles that are also in need of additional content. To find a list of stub articles, see the Category:Stubs.

Lengthy articles are not considered stubs, even if they need links to other wiki articles or copy editing. Instead, add a Cleanup template. See the table of maintenance templates that can be used to classify articles according to contribution needed.

There is no specific size at which an article stops being a stub. Very short articles may often be stubs, but only if they do not adequately cover the subject of the article. An article of only a few short paragraphs may cover all the important information on a particular topic and so would not be classified as a stub. Length is not the determining factor. An article with headings and subheadings but no content should be categorized as a stub. Use the {{Empty section}} template to identify empty sections within more complete articles.


Contents

Contributing to a stub article

There are many types of information that might be added to an article, including but not limited to:

  • Links to related wiki articles
  • Links to pages on local ethnic, religious, or racial groups
  • Ethnic groups
  • Research tools
  • County origin/parent counties *Strategy docs/case studies
  • Gazetteers/place finding aids
  • Translation or handwriting guides
  • Links to pertinent online forums and discussion groups
  • Links to digitized county histories
  • Timelines (covering destruction of records, natural disasters, major migrations, etc..)
  • Genealogical/historical events in the local media
  • Images of the place or its records
  • Events that affect jurisdictions and records
  • Events affecting many deaths or migrations
  • Laws affecting adoptions, marriages, migrations, or record format
  • Laws affecting record access
  • Epidemics and natural disasters
  • Inventions (travel, migrations, etc.),; delays between inventions and their widespread acceptance
  • Wars and citizen draft requirements
  • Migration routes per time period

See Montgomery County, Kentucky for a good example of a filled out article.


Marking an article as a stub

After writing a short article, or finding an unmarked stub, insert the {{Stub}} template at the very bottom of the page, after any navigational templates or category tags[1].

Removing stub status

Once a stub has been properly expanded and becomes a larger article, any editor may remove its stub template. No administrator action or formal permission is needed.

Many articles still marked as stubs have in fact been expanded beyond what is regarded as stub size. If an article is too large to be considered a stub but still needs expansion, the stub template may be removed and appropriate {{expand section}} templates may be added.  No article should contain both a stub template and an expand template.

Be bold in removing stub tags that are clearly no longer applicable.

Locating stubs

  • Category:Stub categories - the main list of stub categories and of articles contained within them
  • Category:Stubs - used when a specific stub category has not yet created or is unknown
  • Special:Shortpages - auto-generated list of short pages, sorted with shortest first
  • By setting Threshold for stub link formatting in Preferences > Appearance to a maximum number of bytes to make links to pages smaller than a certain size appear in a different colour.


References

  1. See FamilySearch Wiki:Contributors Meeting 20 Mar 2012 for details about the change in stub placement from the top to the bottom of articles.