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I noticed that we've several times proposed a stub tag for works of literature, but we haven't followed through. I'm reasonably certain that we have the requisite number of stubs to justify a lit stub Purplebackpack89 19:24, 24 January 2011 (UTC)

I think that this one would be a good idea to follow through with, so I'm in support of it's creation, yes. Goblin 19:48, 24 January 2011 (UTC) I ♥ Barras!
While I have no problem with creating one. I think you misunderstand the purpose of creating a specific stub type. Unless there is someone actively working those specific stubs from stub status to non stub status, there is no real point in creating another one other than trying to create a make work project. We don't create them just because there are alot of articles of that type. Remember our goal with the stubs tags were to stay as generic as possible so we don't have millions of them like ended up happening at en. In otherwords to stay simple. -DJSasso (talk) 20:10, 24 January 2011 (UTC)
I suppose this comment is probably more aimed at the US stubs you propossed earlier up than literature which is fairly generic. -DJSasso (talk) 20:21, 24 January 2011 (UTC)
That's water under the bridge, but there clearly were/are hundreds of short articles about American people and American places...I know that's not as generic as literature, but that still encompasses a very wide range of topics and articles. At en, they have stubs for each state and each city, which I agree is too much Purplebackpack89 21:15, 24 January 2011 (UTC)
Nobody seems to have specifically objected to this idea, so I've gone ahead and created it. Is that okay (I'm not familiar with the protocol here)? Osiris (talk) 03:20, 13 December 2011 (UTC)
Did you also create the category(ies) that go with it? Are you going to actually do the stub sorting and work on the lit stubs? Usually we don't create new categories unless someone's actually going to actively work on them.--Auntof6 (talk) 05:40, 13 December 2011 (UTC)
Finally, a literature stub tag. I'd be happy to use AWB to sort the stubs. In fact, I've already done an entire category. -Orashmatash- 15:59, 14 December 2011 (UTC)
Just a word of warning that you should check every edit before adding the stub tag via AWB, particularly if running through categories and basically finding and replacing, as it can throw up errors with some page titles - and yes, I speak from experience! Goblin 16:03, 14 December 2011 (UTC) I ♥ Yottie!

Germany StubEdit

Well over 250 Germany related articles just using geo-stub, plus those using stub or no template at all. I propose a " {{Germany-stub}} - for use with anything about the Germany, except people".

<div class="boilerplate metadata" id="stub">[[Image:Flag of Germany.svg|30px]] ''This [[Wikipedia:Stub|short article]] about the [[:Category:Germany stubs|Germany]] can be made longer. You can help Wikipedia by <span class=plainlinks>[{{fullurl:{{FULLPAGENAME}}|action=edit}} adding to it]''.</div><includeonly>[[Category:Germany stubs<noinclude>| </noinclude>]]</includeonly><noinclude> Bärliner 02:05, 9 February 2011 (UTC)

I, for one, would be happy to concentrate on expanding these stubs, a dedicated stub would make it easier to find them. Bärliner 09:39, 9 February 2011 (UTC)
If you're expanding the stubs then there is little point in adding this stub tag to the list - it's much better to expand them out of stub type before creating the stub, than expand them only to have an empty stub category. Goblin 20:07, 9 February 2011 (UTC) I ♥ PeterSymonds!
With everything in one place not only is it easier for me to work through the list, but easier for others too. Extra categories could encourage those with interests in particular fields. Bärliner 12:07, 11 February 2011 (UTC)
I don't see a problem with it. There are plenty of articles that it can be used on, too. --Orashmatash 18:27, 17 November 2011 (UTC)


Is it possible to create a {{spacecraft-stub}}? I had created a space shuttle stub and I got a reply that there are very few articles about space shuttles and missions. I think a spacecraft stub would fit all kinds of spacecraft. Omkar 11:31, 17 May 2011 (UTC)

Basically we try to keep stub types to the most generic form possible. Shuttles for example fall under {{transport-stub}} and things like sats would probably fall under {{Tech-stub}}. We try not to have stubs for things that would include less that an a few hundred articles which I think would be the case with this one as well. -DJSasso (talk) 11:40, 17 May 2011 (UTC)
The spacecraft that I was saying were The Space Shuttles, Parts of the Space Shuttle, Soyuz and Progress. Omkar 12:08, 17 May 2011 (UTC)

Can we have sub-types under biology stubs?Edit

There are now 2,097 articles under Category:Biology stubs. I think it would be helpful to have subtypes in this category. Some of the ones I can think of are:

  • animal-stub
  • bird-stub
  • fish-stub
  • plant-stub

If these are created, I would work on populating them by changing the stub tags in appropriate articles. What do you think? --Auntof6 (talk) 22:04, 25 July 2011 (UTC)

Doesn't sound bad. I think this would be useful and much more accurate. Let's see what others say. -Barras (talk) 22:08, 25 July 2011 (UTC)
(ec) Personally I would say no. We try to keep as few stub types as possibly. We are such a small community that there are rarely people who work on articles based on a very specific stub type that it generally works much better just having big semi-generic stubs. To be honest it looks a bit like a make work project which often happens when people come over from en. Not saying that is what you are doing, but it does happen alot when people come over here (and often end up getting chased off). Generally we tend to stress article content here more than gnomish work. We already have far too many stub types and I would prefer we merge some of them back into their parents. -DJSasso (talk) 22:10, 25 July 2011 (UTC)
OK, I can see that. I'll just squelch my first reaction of wondering whether I should continue with the gnomish work I've been doing -- my main interest is in cleanup. --Auntof6 (talk) 22:32, 25 July 2011 (UTC)
Let me clarify I probably came off too harsh. There is a difference between helpful gnoming (I do alot of it) like adding appropriate categories and the like. And things that probably aren't going to make much of a difference. A common one that people do is spamming pages with cleanup tags etc. But stub organizing comes in a close second. We are very small so alot of those sorts of changes don't help and energy could be better focused. Of course that is just my opinion. But the changes I have seen you make with categories are good changes I don't mean to make you stop those. :) -DJSasso (talk) 22:57, 25 July 2011 (UTC)
OK, thanks for the clarification. :) I have been putting on some cleanup tags (mostly to indicate where references are needed), but so far only when I'm doing something else to the article anyway. --Auntof6 (talk) 23:22, 25 July 2011 (UTC)
Yeah the odd one here and there is totally ok. But we have had people go and hit 200 articles in a row with tags and never actually fix a single article or state what they actually think the problem is other than the generic template. -DJSasso (talk) 23:28, 25 July 2011 (UTC)
A quick scan shows that about 90+% of biology stubs are taxonomic topics, either species or higher categories. Most of these are going to be a simple answer to the question "What is a such-and-such?" Even on enWP most of them are stubs. Unless there is some particular justification, there is no reason to think they should be much longer. I have tried to make sure that pages on biological concepts and principles have fuller coverage. Macdonald-ross (talk) 16:20, 26 July 2011 (UTC)

Geology stub?Edit

Category:Science stubs does need to be more dispersed. I think it may be time to have a {{geology-stub}}, {{chem-stub}} and {{physics-stub}}. Macdonald-ross (talk) 07:15, 27 July 2011 (UTC)

In principle I would support this, but could we possibly have some rough numbers just to give a better idea? Also - my 'support' is pretty much on the condition that stubs are only 'retagged' if other work is carried out on the article at the same time, or that they are new stubs. Perhaps the admins could be a bit more heavy handed than normal, because ultimately the time would be better spent expanding one than tagging hundreds. Goblin 11:29, 27 July 2011 (UTC) I ♥ Gordonrox24!
OK, well, a census of the first page of 200 science stubs shows an overwhelming need for a chem-stub; most of user:Chemicalinterest's many pages are stubs, about 78 on this page alone (which covers mostly A to C). Second comes Astronomy with about 35 on this page, probably high because a dozen asteroids start with a number, and so are listed here. We should have a chem-stub right away, I think. Macdonald-ross (talk) 16:43, 29 July 2011 (UTC)
Support chem and astro stubs, neutral to weak support on geology and physics stubs (I fear ppl would mix up geology and geography stubs) Purplebackpack89≈≈≈≈ 16:52, 29 July 2011 (UTC)
Well, had I been asked, I would have advised that 'geo-stub' was asking for mistakes, and instead better would be geog-stub and geol-stub. Macdonald-ross (talk) 17:00, 29 July 2011 (UTC)
You could change geology-stub to rock-stub. ;) -DJSasso (talk) 12:39, 30 July 2011 (UTC)

Media StubEdit

I would like to suggest that we add a media stub, as there are alot of pages in the technology stub section that would fit better in a media stub. I believe it would help reduce the clutter in that stub and let people find pages to edit easier. FoxMcCloud (talk) 22:34, 28 July 2011 (UTC)

Stub categories and templatesEdit

I have just done this following to make it easier to work with stubs, stub templates, and stub categories:

  • Brought the {{Stub category}} template over from enwiki. This template does several things:
    • Gives description of the category
    • Allows specifying a category to be applied to an article using the template
    • Shows the name of the stub template that can be used to add articles to the category
  • For each stub category, I added the {{Stub category}} template to provide info about the category
  • I created a new category, Category:Stub templates, to group all the stub templates together. I added this category to all the stub templates I could find.
  • For the 2 or 3 stub templates that didn't have a category set up, I created the categories. For example, I created Category:Government stubs to go with template {{Government-stub}}, which already existed.

Comments? I await the brickbats. ;) --Auntof6 (talk) 07:50, 1 August 2011 (UTC)

I've just cleaned up the templates a bit. All new stubs should be approved here and not just created. Resulted in some deletions and also some redirects to the normal stub tag as they were used already. -Barras (talk) 09:32, 1 August 2011 (UTC)
I just found another one that doesn't seem to be approved: {{Chile-stub}}. Maybe you knew about that one already. By the way, I didn't create any stub templates, just categories for templates I found. I won't create those any more unless I know that the stub category is official. --Auntof6 (talk) 17:35, 2 August 2011 (UTC)
It is a redirect which is fine as it was already used when we detected it. Nothing to worry much about. -Barras (talk) 17:39, 2 August 2011 (UTC)

{{Visart-stub}} againEdit

It was deleted by Barras this morning, even though there was a consensus for it several months ago. I want to make sure there is still a consensus for a stub devoted to drawing, painting, photography, sculpture, and architecture. Purplebackpack89≈≈≈≈ 17:38, 1 August 2011 (UTC)

The stub was created some months back, only two people commented on this last year. One commented only sounds like a suggestion for better naming, not really a support. The stub was only used by one article, after some months since its creation, those no need for a stub. But still: How many pages might be going to be in that category? Only one again or more (+250 at least)? -Barras (talk) 17:42, 1 August 2011 (UTC)
I count three comments, including mine, all supports. Other stubs have been created with only two people agreeing. Furthermore, the other two people were admins...if they had a problem with the stub being created, why didn't they delete it when it was first created? Furthermore, it doesn't have to get to 250 right away, just 250 eventually. And considering that there are 150 pages in the categories "Art" and "Photography" combined (not counting subcats), I am reasonably confident that it could get to 250 just with stubs currently on this Wikipedia (Also, I believe somewhere around here there was a proposal to lower the number) Purplebackpack89≈≈≈≈ 17:53, 1 August 2011 (UTC)
Then would you mind explaining to me why the stub was only used on one single page? It was created in March(?). Not enough time to fill it, apparently. The proposer of such things should take care of this kind of stuff. Also as I said on my talk page, I don't really count Djsasso's comment as support. It sounds more like a suggestion for better naming. -Barras (talk) 17:58, 1 August 2011 (UTC)
You still have yet to refute my proof of there being hundreds of stubs on art in this Wikipedia...fact, I might go so far as to say you haven't even looked in the pertinent categories...of which there are several. There clearly are enough stubs to fill that category...this is a fairly far reaching category, after all Purplebackpack89≈≈≈≈ 20:34, 1 August 2011 (UTC)
Once again: If you say there are enough, then you should have added the stub to pages, not me. You wanted this new stub, not me. You haven't done this, the stub was almost unused, well, one article using it isn't really much use. -Barras (talk) 20:53, 1 August 2011 (UTC)
The point of creating stub templates is that they are used. Otherwise, they might as well be deleted as unused. So, if you are going to go to the trouble of finding evidence of 250 eligible stubs, then you should tag them when the template is approved. I have no objection to restoring the template if, 1. you find 250 eligible stubs, 2. you tag a majority (or all) of them within two weeks of the restoration. Griffinofwales (talk) 22:24, 1 August 2011 (UTC)
As I said earlier, I am confident I can get 250 stubs Purplebackpack89≈≈≈≈ 00:19, 2 August 2011 (UTC)
  • Note: The old discussion can be found here now as I just archived the old stuff. -Barras (talk) 22:37, 1 August 2011 (UTC)
Couldn't you have waited on that a week? Purplebackpack89≈≈≈≈
I could, but the page was blown up quite a bit with things from 2008, 2009 and 2010. Also I provided the link, because I knew this is coming up. -Barras (talk) 09:02, 2 August 2011 (UTC)
There are quite a few pages on general stubs which should have been on visart-stubs. Macdonald-ross (talk) 14:28, 2 August 2011 (UTC)
So, Mac, do you believe that visarts is significant broad and covers enough pages to warrant a new stub? Purplebackpack89≈≈≈≈ 16:11, 2 August 2011 (UTC)

Since I was one of the two people who commented there. I will say that I don't think we need to create the stub. If no one is actively working on improving visual arts stubs they are perfectly find with the generic stub. -DJSasso (talk) 16:37, 2 August 2011 (UTC)

250 too large?Edit

That means that about 0.5% of the articles on Wikipedia need to be in a category. On EN, you have 100 times as many articles and one quarter of the number of articles needed to create a stub category. That means its 400 times easier to create a stub category on EN. Now, there is a pretty fair consensus around that there are way too many stub categories than on EN, but still, 400 times. On Spanish, there is a significantly higher number needed for a stub category, but again, since they have way more articles then we do, it's still harder to get a stub category here. Let's make it, say, only 200 times harder than it is on EN by dropping the requirement from 250 to 100. Also, I think we don't need to tag all 250/100 right away, just prove that they could be tagged in the future, tag some of them now and the rest later, say, as part of an expansion or recategorization, as has been suggested in other places Purplebackpack89≈≈≈≈ 19:46, 1 August 2011 (UTC)

We don't want a that complex stub system as enwiki has, so the requirements are high. If there aren't enough pages for a new stub (the mentioned 250 pages), then it is enough to use the normal {{stub}} tag or if available the next higher sub-stub. This is also the reason why the implementation of new stubs is firstly discussed here. We aren't enwiki and don't need to compare to them. The new stub should after created be added to the articles. Referring to the recent on-going discussion, after about 5 months since the new stub existed, only one(!) article used it. This clearly doesn't show the need for such a stub. After 3 months I expect that at least 50 to 100 pages are already changed to the new stub, not just one. I still think the 250 isn't that much as like 80 or even 90% of our pages are stubs anyway. -Barras (talk) 19:56, 1 August 2011 (UTC)
400 times. That's completely unfair, violates WP:BUREAU and other guidelines. Regarding the discussion that you brought up, which really isn't germaine, you apparantly haven't even bothered to look to see if there are articles that could fit that stub...I was able to find over a hundred articles in a matter of minutes. 250 is clearly too high when you only have 50-60K articles Purplebackpack89≈≈≈≈ 20:30, 1 August 2011 (UTC)
Why is this unfair? This is the guideline here for some years now. No one complained abut it yet. All other people had to fulfil the same criteria. I don't see why it is unfair. Just because one of our rules is harder than enwiki's? This is a poor argument, really. And no, I haven't bothered to look this category up. It is the work that should be started by the proposer to add the template and show the need for the tag. I don't feel like finding all the things that fit to the new stub. It is not the topic of my knowledge anyway. You just complained few hours ago about me adding the stub. -Barras (talk) 20:50, 1 August 2011 (UTC)
We are simple wikipedia, english and spanish wikipedia are not trying to be simple. When we say we are simple we don't just mean the wording used in articles. Everything about our wiki needs to be simple, creating more and more stubs makes the bureaucracy of editing the wiki harder and harder and more and more complex for people. Yes we are harder then english and spanish to create stubs because we don't need the stubs, (neither do they really for that matter). We only have about 30 active editors. Different stub categories are only really helpful when you have hundreds of editors. So on simple they just add to making things here more complex when we are trying to be less complex. -DJSasso (talk) 23:59, 1 August 2011 (UTC)

I see no reason why the limit should be lessened. We are not enWP, and 250 is not a very large number at all. Also, users should not be wasting their time finding more stub classifications, they should fixing the stubs so they are no longer stubs. Also, only two years ago, the limit was dropped in half, when we had many thousand articles less. Griffinofwales (talk) 22:14, 1 August 2011 (UTC)

If anything I would rather we raised the minimum number. I also would support going back to the base 6 or so categories we started with when we stopped just using stub a few years ago. The whole purpose of our stub system is that someone is actively working on that stubs articles to improve them from stubs. So if no one is doing that (as is evidenced by none of the articles being tagged) then we shouldn't have the stub. We are actively trying to avoid having the complicated stub system en uses. -DJSasso (talk) 23:45, 1 August 2011 (UTC)

Category:Visual arts stubsEdit

I just noticed this category, but I don't know a stub template that would put an article into it. Is there one? Should this category be deleted? Inquiring minds want to know! --Auntof6 (talk) 04:31, 24 August 2011 (UTC)

Look a couple sections up. -DJSasso (talk) 13:45, 24 August 2011 (UTC)
We need it. Say yes to it Purplebackpack89≈≈≈≈ 13:45, 1 September 2011 (UTC)

How many stub tags on a page?Edit

Is it OK for an article to have more than one stub tag? I've been trying to decide between different ones, but maybe I don't have to pick and choose. For example, what if there were an American (US-bio-stub) basketball player (sports-bio-stub) who later became an actor (actor-stub), or something like that? (Think that can't happen? Can you say Kareem Abdul-Jabbar? :) ) --Auntof6 (talk) 10:45, 16 September 2011 (UTC)

Hmm... I'd go for the US-bio-stub in your example. A sports-bio-stub and actor-stub are both sub-cats of biographies, so I'd go for just his nationality, and the fact its a bio. I'd also say just one stub template to stop it being listed under several cats, several times. Normandy (talk) 11:09, 16 September 2011 (UTC)
That's kind of how I was thinking. Then I remembered User:DJSasso saying that the categories are used to help people find stubs when they want to expand on them. If that's the case, then having an article in more than one stub category increases the chances that the article will get expanded. And I would have gone with sports-bio-stub, since I think that's what he's best known for. I just couldn't think of a good example that would fit both a bio and non-bio stub category. --Auntof6 (talk) 11:23, 16 September 2011 (UTC)
On en they use more than one sometimes. I see no problem with doing more than one. I personally only ever choose the one that is most specific and best represents the subject. But I have no problem with others putting on more than one...However more than 2 or worst case 3 is probably pushing the limit. For your example I personally would choose sports-bio-stub since he was best known for being a basketball player. But if I was someone who did add more than one tag I would probably just add us-bio-stub and sports-bio-stub. I wouldn't add the actor one since that is so minor for him. -DJSasso (talk) 11:35, 16 September 2011 (UTC)
What's wrong with 3 stubs?-- (talk) 11:36, 16 September 2011 (UTC)
They start to clutter the page. -DJSasso (talk) 11:37, 16 September 2011 (UTC)

Politics stubEdit

Hmm... Apparently we're meant to discuss new stubs first... I've created {{Politics-stub}} today and started sorting stubs. Any objections to this stub type in what is probably quite a major area of articles? Normandy (talk) 09:27, 19 October 2011 (UTC)

I have no problem with it at all. It would be useful to identify further potential stubs for creation as well since we appear to be using the {{stub}} template in nearly 9,000 articles. The Rambling Man (talk) 09:53, 19 October 2011 (UTC)
Well the reason for that was we are trying to stay as generic as possible with stubs so we don't end up with a complex system like en has. If you can think of any very generic topics for stubs that would be great. But there is a tendency to get far too specific. Politics is probably fairly generic. -DJSasso (talk) 14:45, 19 October 2011 (UTC)
Sorry, but I can't buy that when we have a {{Iowa-stub}}, a {{Romania-stub}}, a {{Belgium-stub}} and a {{Nazi-stub}} as four of our (around) 36 stub categories! We should delete the Iowa one and replace it with a US one, the Romania/Belgium stubs should be merged into a Europe stub and the Nazi stub should just be History if want to make them more general. Whaddya think? And we also should consider a {{Physics-stub}} and a {{Chemistry-stub}} since we have a {{Biology-stub}} - these are pretty fundamental in my opinion. The Rambling Man (talk) 15:53, 19 October 2011 (UTC)
I would get rid of/merge those as I said there is a tendency to be too specific. I completely agree with all that you said. -DJSasso (talk) 15:59, 19 October 2011 (UTC)
Okay, that's a good thing! I think I may make a start by suggesting deletion for the Nazi/Iowa stubs...! The Rambling Man (talk) 16:04, 19 October 2011 (UTC)

{{Physics-stub}} and {{Chemistry-stub}} are required by this WikipediaEdit

Since we have a {{Biology-stub}}, I see no good reason not to have the subject stubs as well. They are more specific than "science" but adequately broad to be useful here. Anyone disagree? The Rambling Man (talk) 16:15, 19 October 2011 (UTC)

Sounds good to me. With Racepacket creating a lot of chem articles it might be helpful to him. -DJSasso (talk) 16:17, 19 October 2011 (UTC)
Yes. I would be willing to sort the {{sci-stub}}s to focus our work. Racepacket (talk) 22:23, 19 October 2011 (UTC)

Can we please come to consensus on this? Thanks, Racepacket (talk) 02:28, 25 October 2011 (UTC)

I see no dissenters over the past week so just be bold and do it. The Rambling Man (talk) 07:11, 25 October 2011 (UTC)
Well, we used to judge this by quantity rather than logic. There are still relatively few physics stubs. Could I make a plea for using as few letters as possible, eg {{chem-stub}}, and if you must, {{phys-stub}}? Macdonald-ross (talk) 09:26, 25 October 2011 (UTC)
Where do you pick up the "relatively few physics stubs"? I see many articles in Category:Physics, and on a random sample of three, all were stubs... The Rambling Man (talk) 10:29, 25 October 2011 (UTC)
Also, any reason for the shortening of names? Would make it more complex to editors. The Rambling Man (talk) 10:30, 25 October 2011 (UTC)
I agree. It seems like a good idea, but we've had issues with "bio-stub" being used on biology articles instead of biography articles. --Auntof6 (talk) 20:04, 25 October 2011 (UTC)
I like it. Shorter names could be {{Chem-stub}} and {{Phy-stub}}? Either way, good stub idea, I'm all for it. ---Orashmatash 21:08, 21 November 2011 (UTC)

Japan stub?Edit

I know this seems counter to the logic above since it looks like Romania and Nazi stubs may merge into a new Europe stub, but there are tons of Japan stubs. (And that isn't even counting the footballer stubs). I can identify/sort them. It would seem to make sense to have an Asia stub (and Africa) in parallel with Europe, but there are that many Japan stubs as well. Just a generic Asia stub may not get be as useful since it covers so much. Thoughts? I'd tend to think that catch-all continent level stubs make sense with individual areas of focus as needed. Thanks. Gotanda (talk) 11:20, 20 October 2011 (UTC)

I'm of the opinion that we shouldn't create specific stubs until general ones are created. I believe an {{Asia-stub}} would be a good start in doing that. Along with perhaps a {{Africa-stub}}...? And by the way, I wasn't suggesting the Nazi-stub should "merge into a new Europe stub", I was suggesting that in the place of the Nazi-stub, you could use a History stub or a Europe stub (or both, that's permissable) whatever is most appropriate for the content of the article. The Rambling Man (talk) 11:29, 20 October 2011 (UTC)
Individual countries may be a bit too specific. Although I fear I'm contradicting myself as Nazi Germany is just one (historical) country... Normandy (talk) 12:17, 20 October 2011 (UTC)
Sorry, TRM. Merge was the wrong term. I see what you mean. Gotanda (talk) 21:58, 20 October 2011 (UTC)
Yeah continent level stub should exist far before individual countries. The number of pages using a stub isn't really important. Really all that is important is a very general grouping so people working on Asia for example can go and look at any Asia stubs to expand if they want. (not that I think there really are people doing this sort of thing on this wiki.) -DJSasso (talk) 12:55, 20 October 2011 (UTC)
User:Tenmei has been building out many Japan history articles/stubs lately. I may be able to do more. So maybe I'll go ahead with an Asia stub then and do some sorting with it. Gotanda (talk) 21:58, 20 October 2011 (UTC)

New question: Started trying to set up Asia-stub. I was looking for artwork and that even more made me think that Asia-stub is just too broad to be useful. Couldn't find a useful map that made any sense at the size needed for the stub template. But, to have some higher order division, how about East-Asia-stub? East Asia would neatly parallel En and is a more coherent and useful grouping. I expect South Asia might follow as a stub too at some point as we continue to get more contributions from/about the subcontinent. Gotanda (talk) 00:53, 21 October 2011 (UTC)

I'd agree with the idea of creating an East-Asia stub (with future stubs being South-Asia, Central-Asia, etc.). Recalling when I studied world history in school, the sections were always broken up in those categories. Asia is simply too diverse to have a catch-all like Asia-stub. [+piccolo] 00:56, 21 October 2011 (UTC)
Remember that we're talking about stubs here. The stub category structure does not need to mirror the article category structure. Think more about what the categories would do for us. They aren't needed to find articles someone is interested in, because stub articles should also have regular categories and be findable that way. Do you have any estimate of how many articles would fit in any of these proposed stub categories? --Auntof6 (talk) 02:38, 21 October 2011 (UTC)
Right. Stub not category. So the purpose is to guide people to articles in an area they are able to/interested in working on. As to estimate... Lot's? Just for Japan (which I'm interested in as a stub so that I can guide language teachers and students in Japan there easily), just looking at Category:Japan which has 30 pages in it, I see 10-15 potential japan-stubs depending upon how you count. To break it down, currently marked as: 1 Transport stub, 2 History, 1 Tech (totally wrong), 1 US geo (???), 1 science, 4 just plain stub, and 1-5 unmarked. That would be around 50%. If if you extrapolate from there conservatively and exclude all of the football players, 20% of 2,000 (not 5,000) would leave 400 just for a potential Japan stub. Very, very rough guesstimate. Gotanda (talk) 03:13, 21 October 2011 (UTC)
To be frank I actually prefer just a geo-stub. So I don't actually see an asia-stub to be too big. Heck I am still of the opinion we probably shouldn't have switched from just the plain stub. Very few people here go looking for articles to edit based on the stub sitting on them. Heck we didn't even have categories on stubs untill a couple months ago (some still don't) so people couldn't do it. (not saying people don't go expanding stubs....but I highly doubt they search for the next article they are going to expand based on the tag. on simple anyways) Tagging stubs here has mostly been a make work project to make people that don't want to work on articles feel like they are contributing, the people with edit countitus basically. -DJSasso (talk) 01:02, 21 October 2011 (UTC)

Possible to revisit this now?Edit

Right now there are over 1,700 articles marked Asia-stub. Over 1,000 of those actually have the Japan-stub added, but redirected to Asia-stub. I'd like to propose recreating the Japan-stub category and changing the redirect so that Japan-stub is a distinct category.


  • Japan-stub makes up over half the Asia-stubs.
  • It is over the latest threshold of 1,000
  • Creating a separate category and stub makes it easier to do maintenance. There will be an alphabetical sort at the top unlike the now hard to find "What links here". It will make it easier for people knowledgable about or interested in Japan to find stubs that right now are mixed with Chinese cities, districts in Pakistan etc.
  • Sub-categories of Asia such as Southeast Asia or East Asia are not distinct enough and will cause headaches. Stepping from continent level to country level is the clearest.

Other comments

  • Sorry I messed this up the first time around.
  • I have several projects lined up that can use this stub as an organizational point. Yes, I could make a project under my userpage, but I don't want it to be too closely associated with one person. It looks better and more "official" if it isn't under one user.
  • Upcoming projects to get new editors in:
  • two student reading and writing courses (one spring and one autumn) with Japanese students
  • accepted for a teacher workshop specifically about using SEWP at this conference in Hiroshima.
  • accepted for a presentation on simplification and writing for non-native readers at this conference.
  • other publications and teacher development projects in the works, but it is much easier to do them if there is a good link to hang them from
  • talking with one Tokyo-area university about switching from a reading textbook to SEWP content for reading courses

Whew! I hope I've made my case. I'd really like to see this through to improve the wiki and most especially to attract new editors. Thanks, Gotanda (talk) 07:12, 23 April 2012 (UTC)

  • There doesn't seem to be any objection, so I'll probably go ahead with this as soon as I have time. Thanks, Gotanda (talk) 00:53, 30 April 2012 (UTC)
Go seem pretty obsessed to get it done so you might as well. Though I did notice a tonne of things marked as japan stub that should be marked bio instead as if you notice on the project page it does mention the country stubs etc should not be used for bios. -DJSasso (talk) 11:45, 30 April 2012 (UTC)
OK. I went ahead and recreated the stub and the category. Something is behaving differently from how I expected. The Category:Japan_stubs only shows articles that have been edited after the stub and category were recreated. Is that the way it works? I thought that category page would automatically pick up all of the articles tagged with the stub template. Or, should I just wait because the database needs to catch up or something? Thanks, Gotanda (talk) 08:27, 3 May 2012 (UTC)
It will take a bit for the job queue to catch up with the changes. -DJSasso (talk) 13:16, 3 May 2012 (UTC)
Thanks, DJ. That' s what I thought, but i just wanted to make sure I hadn't made an error. Gotanda (talk) 23:46, 3 May 2012 (UTC)

Education stubs?Edit

At present, there are many stub articles covering education topics and specific colleges and universities. But I cannot find a stub template for education. Some of these stub articles are tagged "sports stubs", but that gives completely the wrong idea. A university article is about the entire university, not just sports teams. We could use the nation stub of the country where the university is located, but it would be useful to have a separate stub template to cover these articles. Thanks, Racepacket (talk) 02:26, 25 October 2011 (UTC)


Hello! I was thinking, we should probably create a language stub tag. I can see it was created previously, but was redirected for not being discussed here. Regardless, I think it would be a good tag to have regarding the large number of articles we have on languages. --Orashmatash 20:58, 9 November 2011 (UTC)

How many language stubs do you see? --Auntof6 (talk) 03:38, 10 November 2011 (UTC)
Hmm... I suppose that's a fair point. I'll check around and I'll see. --Orashmatash 16:43, 10 November 2011 (UTC)


A stub I recently created, dog-stub, has been redirected by a user. I believe that, because of the many dog breeds and types, we should keep this stub, if a consensus can be reached. Shakinglord (talk) 22:59, 22 November 2011 (UTC)

How many stubs do we currently have that would fit under this stub category? --Auntof6 (talk) 23:27, 22 November 2011 (UTC)
So far, ive counted at least 61. I probably missed some. Dozens more will be created. Shakinglord (talk) 23:37, 22 November 2011 (UTC)
Strong oppose. Unneeded and unnecessary, especially at 61. Move along, please. Goblin 23:51, 22 November 2011 (UTC) I ♥ Barras!

Too small a grouping...would fit better under biology stub. -DJSasso (talk) 00:21, 23 November 2011 (UTC)

You have to understand, countless more articles on dogs will be created, as I am in the process of translationg pages from English to Simple English. Right now may not be a good time for it but perhaps later the issue will be brought up. Shakinglord (talk) 18:28, 29 November 2011 (UTC)
At simple wiki we try to only have generic stubs because we try to be simple. Chances are we will never need a dog stub because dog will never be generic enough. -DJSasso (talk) 20:28, 29 November 2011 (UTC)

Stub articles about music groupsEdit

Should these articles be under music stubs or biography stubs? I've seen them in both. I think they fit better under biography, but I'd like other input. --Auntof6 (talk) 20:09, 20 December 2011 (UTC)

I would put the groups themselves under music as the group is an entity (usually a business officially not a person) and individual bio articles about members of the group under both. You aren't limited to one stub per article. -DJSasso (talk) 20:42, 20 December 2011 (UTC)
Thanks. I asked because the text for the biography stub tag says "about a person or group of people". --Auntof6 (talk) 20:48, 20 December 2011 (UTC)
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