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Be bold in removing stub tags that are clearly no longer applicable.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