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WiKirby:Stub policy

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On WiKirby a stub is any article or section that is not presently under construction and does not adequately cover the subject in question. Stubs are never a good thing to have on a wiki, but they are practically inevitable when new editors with little experience attempt to cover a topic.

Identifying a stub

Stubs are typically pages that are not used for disambiguation and consist of less than 1000 letters (or bytes) worth of information. Sometimes sections in much larger pages will tend to be short like this, and not be considered stubs due to the fact that most of the essential information a reader might expect is covered in more detail by the rest of the article. If there are relatively few sections, however, this is a fairly decent implication that the page is a stub, and could use more detail. Articles can also be otherwise very long and detailed, but contain sections which are woefully inadequate. These should not be labeled as stubs, and instead should be marked with the {{incomplete}} template.

To label an article as a stub, use the {{stub}} template at the beginning of the appropriate section. Optionally, a pipe can be used within the template to insert a comment about what information in particular is missing.

Difference between stubs and articles under construction

If an editor is working on an article and needs several edits over time to finish the project, they should label the article or section using the {{construction}} template. This will let other editors and readers know that the article or section is presently being worked on. If an editor spots a construction template for a section that has not been altered for more than two weeks, they should change it to a stub template (or incomplete template, if applicable) or finish the work that was done.

Difference between stubs and "incomplete" articles

As mentioned above, a stub is generally defined to be an article that is largely too short relative to its subject matter, while an incomplete article is one that, while it may have substantial information, is still missing important parts. Generally speaking, an article should not be labeled a stub if it is larger than 5000 bytes in size (exceptions may be handled as needed by WiKirby's staff). If by this point the article is still missing key information, it should be relabeled as "incomplete", ideally highlighting what specifically is missing in the template.

Stub articles

If an entire article is deemed to be a stub and cannot be reasonably improved upon, it can become a candidate for deletion. Articles that are very short in length and cannot presently be expanded should generally be deleted unless they contain unique information that cannot be expressed elsewhere in the wiki.