View Full Version : Stubs - way to many!

Nov 7, 2005, 07:12 PM
Guys! Guys! Guys!


We're using stubs waaay to liberally. A stub is meant for articles with a single paragraph and not nearly enough for a complete article. However, stubs seem to be stapled to every article the wiki has, at the moment.

A Stub is not for short articles. It's for placeaholder or mainly incomplete articles.

Every article in the wiki will always need to be expanded, and it's not appropriate to "stub" every article that may appear to short.

For example:
http://guides.macrumors.com/Intel <-- not a stub
http://guides.macrumors.com/Bluetooth <-- not a stub
http://guides.macrumors.com/.Mac <-- not a stub, but probably got listed due to an empty section.
http://guides.macrumors.com/Bill_Gates <-- probably not a stub, as it does have some nice content. Short? Yes. A complete thought? Yes. A stub? probably not
http://guides.macrumors.com/InfiniBand <-- IS a stub
http://guides.macrumors.com/QuickTime_Player <-- is a stub

Too many stubs makes the whole "stub" concept unworkable.

Nov 7, 2005, 08:49 PM
I agree. we can start removing them from the more significant pages.

Nov 7, 2005, 10:33 PM
On stubs: We seem to getting lots of articles that contain nothing more than a link to a Wikipedia article and a {{stub}} tag. Some of stubs don't even have anything linking to them.

We don't have a "go" button on this Wiki, so unlinked stubs like this aren't really helpful.

When they are linked from other articles, all they do is force the reader to load another page and click an extra time. If we want to link to Wikipedia, the reader gets a nicer experience with a [[Wikipedia::foo]] link instead.

There used to be an interwiki redirect feature in MediaWiki that helped deal with this kind of situation, but it seems that Wikipedia vandals won and those redirects are now as clunky as the aforementioned stub pages. Would it be safe to enable those here?