Wikipedia:What is an article?
What is an article?
A Wikipedia article is a page that has information suitable to be in an encyclopedia. See Special:Allpages for a list of all Wikipedia articles and Wikipedia:Statistics for information on Wikipedia and its growth. "Articles" belong to the main namespace of Wikipedia pages (also called "article namespace") which does not include any pages in any of the namespaces below that are used for other purposes, such as:
But not all pages in the article namespace are considered to be articles; the most notable exceptions are:
The automatic definition used by the software at Special:Statistics is: any page that is in the article namespace, is not a redirect page and contains at least one wiki link. The statistics software currently has no method of detecting disambiguation pages, however; nor does it disregard stubs (but in any case, many articles tagged as stubs are quite substantial) or stublists (lists templates with little or no content).
Quality of articlesEdit
Articles range greatly in quality, from very good articles to candidates for quick deletion. Some articles are quite long and have a lot content while others are shorter (possibly stubs) and of lesser quality.