Wikipedia:WikiProject Stub sorting
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WikiProject Stub sorting
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Some Wikipedians have formed a project to better organize and categorize stubs and stub categories. This page and its subpages contain their suggestions; it is hoped that this project will help to focus the efforts of other Wikipedians. Everyone is welcome to help; for more information please inquire on the talk page or see the "To do" list.
Project goals
This WikiProject aims primarily to sort stubs in Wikipedia. To do this the project has the following aims:
  1. Ensure better categorization of stubs
  2. Ensure that stubs are sorted as uniformly as possible
  3. Aim to keep categories at moderate sizes
  4. Maintain stub categories and templates
  5. Ensure that any new stub categories and templates are reasonable, usable, and useful
Why is stub sorting important?
Stub articles are generally short, or below the high Wikipedia standard, or both. If they are not sorted, then it means they are less likely to be edited to higher quality as nobody necessarily knows the page is in need of attention. Even if a page is sorted into a category indicating it is in need of attention, such as the articles needing a cleanup, it is still not as good as putting it in a stub category. This is because stub categories attract experts in specific areas (chemists can see chemistry stubs for example), whereas generic cleanup and dead-end categories do not.
Helpful hints
See Wikipedia:WikiProject Stub sorting/Stub types for more information on existing stub types.
See Wikipedia:WikiProject Stub sorting/List of stubs for a compact list of all stub types.
Guidelines and criteria
To see the current guidelines and other information on stub sorting and stubs in general, see: Wikipedia:Stub.
New stubs
Important page links
See also: Category:WikiProject Stub sorting and all subpages of this page
The full list became too long for this page. It has been moved to Category:WikiProject Stub sorting participants. An older list is at Wikipedia:WikiProject Stub sorting/Participants.
The current number of participants is 295.
Stub sorting methods
General rules
Things to do
To shop for more tools, see Wikipedia:Tools, Wikipedia:Tools/Browser tools and Task-oriented tool list.
As of November 2016, a different version called Hovercards is in a fairly stable beta. You can activate it in your Preferences under the Beta features tab. See also Wikipedia:Hovercards (or avoid the soft redirect and go directly to mw:Beta Features/Hovercards​).
Wikipedia programs
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Project templates
These are the project's templates. They are not the same as the stub templates used by the project.
Template {{WPSS-cat}} is used at the top of stub categories. It appears like this:
This category is maintained by WikiProject Stub sorting.
Please propose new stub templates and categories here before creation.
Template {{Stub category}} is also used at the top of stub categories. It appears like this:
This category is for stub articles relating to foo. You can help by expanding them.
To add an article to this category, use
instead of
Template {{Parent-only stub category}} is similar to {{Stub category}}, and is for parent-only categories It appears like this:
This category is for stub articles relating to foo. You can help by expanding them.
This stub category is a parent-only category, that is, all stubs within it should be in one of its subcategories, or marked with a template that may eventually have a separate subcategory. To add an article to this category, please use the appropriate template for one of its subcategories.
Template {{Upmerged stub category}} is used on category pages where there are upmerged templates feeding into that category. It appears like this:
This stub category contains upmerged templates which use this category, although they describe a more specific type. If an upmerged template is used on more than 60 stubs you can request a sub-category at WikiProject Stub sorting/Proposals.
Template {{Very large stub}} is used at the top of stub categories which are oversized. It appears like this:
This stub category is very large. Subcategories may be helpful for browsing.
To view existing subcategories, please visit Wikipedia:WikiProject Stub sorting/Stub types.
To propose new subcategorization methods, please visit Wikipedia: WikiProject Stub sorting/Proposals.
This tool is useful for finding which stubs can be moved into subcategories.
Template {{WPSS-new}} is used on some of the project's discussion pages, and on other pages related to stubs. It appears like this:
Template {{WikiProject Stub sorting}} is used on the talk pages of some more editwar-prone stub templates. It appears like this:
Template {{WPSS-talk}} is used on the talk pages of some stub categories and templates. It appears like this:
Most of the discussion relating to this and other stub categories occurs at Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Stub sorting. You may wish to consider leaving a note there rather than here.
See also
Last edited on 5 June 2021, at 20:32
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