An article with minimal content that needs to be expended is a stub. Placing the 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.
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 set 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.
Marking an article as a stub
- 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 > Misc to a maximum number of bytes to make links to pages smaller than a certain size appear in a different colour.
Stubs about places: Add information!
Many stubs are about places. There are many types of information you can easily add to a place page, including but not limited to:
- Ethnic groups
- Non-English Research Tools
- 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.
- Links to other helpful/relevant pages in Wiki
- Links to pages on local ethnic, religious, or racial groups
- 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
- Inventions (travel, migrations, etc.) epidemics, delays between inventions and their widespread acceptance (such as the Utah railroad)
- Information on wars and drafts
- Migration routes per time period
- See FamilySearch_Wiki:Contributors_Meeting_20_Mar_2012 for details about the change in stub placement from the top to the bottom of articles.