Wiki: How to Create a Stub Article

Wiki: How to Create a Stub Article


 

What is a Stub Article?

A stub page is an article that doesn't have enough content to be truly useful. Perhaps you might create a page that you plan on adding content to later or hope that other members of the community will add to. That's a stub page.

Find the stub pages by clicking the stub tag.


Why Stub Articles Are Important

Stub pages (or stub articles) are very important to the life of a wiki. Adding a topic might inspire another community member to add to it, and eventually the topic has enough content to be valuable to the community. Stub pages help show the progressive nature of the wiki.


What We Want You To Do

We want you to help us with stub articles! There are several ways to do this.

1. Create a new article about any topic, mention that it's a stub (you don't have to even write the content yet), and then enter the "stub" tag.

We recommend that you don't do a lot of these, unless you include some content. If you want to help add a lot of stubs, see the #2 Red Link option below instead.

When you create the stub, paste in this text:

NOTE: This is a stub article. Please add more information as it becomes available.

2. When writing on any topic, create a Red Link. Type two starting brackets "[ [" and then some text, and then type two closing brackets "] ]" at the end.

Note that there should be no space between the two brackets. I just added a space so that you can see the brackets.

Once the article is published and/or saved, the text in between the two starting and two closing brackets will appear red, like this. Any contributor can click the red link to open the Editor and create that page.

3. Help us fill out some content in the stubs.

It might just take a few seconds to add a sentence and make a stub article more valuable to the community. Eventually it won't be a stub any more.

Please view these stub articles and help us add content to them:

Stub articles

Similarly, help us add content to our Survival Guides:

Survival Guides

4. Remind the community to fill out content in the stubs

If you're not knowledgeable in the technology of a stub article, you can still help with a comment on the article, asking people to help fill it out. You can also mention in the comments if you think an article would be valuable filled out or if you know the article is getting a lot of views (so the community really wants the content to be added).


Tips for Creating Stub Articles

  1. Try to make stubs about articles that you think the community will actually fill out. For example, you can add an article called "SharePoint 2013" and clarify that it is a stub (in the body and tags; see process above). Obviously that's a general topic that will quickly get filled out. But "SharePoint 2013: How to Reconfigure Your Subsites" is less likely to get filled out because it's too specific.
  2. It's also wise to stick to topics that you might be able to finish later on (verses making stubs about topics you probably couldn't contribute to).

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Comments
  • This is an important topic: many interesting and useful pages started from the "Stub" state.

  • Hi Ed,

    I have a question, for how long stub article can be without content?

    I did saw many stub articles with no content but were created a year ago and some more than that.

  • Maheshkumar, there is no limit. You can help fill out stub pages so that it's not an issue. =^)

    Also, I keep an eye out for stub pages that start getting good views and make those the priority.

    Thanks!

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