Wikipedia:Reference desk/Archives/Computing/Early/cleanup/stubsensor/20060607

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If you disagree with the removal of a stub tag from an article please see the article discrepancy section.
There's a huge one!

Stubsensor never edits an article, only humans do. Welcome to the fourth stub cleanup project by Triddle. Here you can get information about volunteering to help remove the stub tag from articles that are really not stubs; this cleanup project is made possible by stubsensor. Continue reading for further instructions.

How to help[edit]

The task is to remove the {{stub}} tag (or one of its relatives) from the listed articles that it does not belong on. This is really the key; it would be simple to make a computer program to remove the tag from each article but this is not what should be done. A human really needs to make a decision to remove that stub tag or not.

Sometimes it can be difficult to judge if an article is a stub or not. In this case the safest thing to do is just to ignore the article. We will run across it again and at that time it might be more clear. In general stubs will be short, 3 to 10 sentences long. However there is no rigid rule for stub or article length. It is possible an article for a simple subject can completely cover it in only 10 sentences. It is also possible that a stub for a complex topic may be much larger than 10 sentences.

The stub tag is a good way to indicate an article is one that your average person would be able to conduct research on and expand. If further expansion of the article requires college education or fundamental understandings of the concepts then the {{expand}} template is probably the best choice. A stub is certainly not just an article that needs work: if the article has more than a stub worth of information but needs to be cleaned up, remove the stub tag and put {{cleanup}} at the top of the article.

Where to help[edit]

You are more likely to contribute useful work if you read the How to help section above.

Thank you for showing an interest in helping; please read this before continuing. To contribute follow one of the links below and sign your name in a section. Each page is split into 25 sections and each section has 20 articles. Further instructions are in each individual section. Thanks again for your consideration.


Feel free to sign your name and leave any comments if you volunteer for this cleanup project.

  • Thanks for helping everyone. I look forward to reading any ideas or comments you have. Triddle 02:36, 17 June 2006 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • I am planning on attempting to assist with appropriate stub removal. I am a newbie, however so my progress will probably be very slow. Triddle, and whomever else, please feel free to give me criticism or direct my efforts! Sonrisasgrandes 23:48, 30 June 2006 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    • Welcome to wikipedia :-)


  • It seems to like to identify lists for some reason - we'll try to tune around that. As the stub system becomes "cleaner" the results from stubsensor will become more accurate as well. Triddle 03:42, 17 June 2006 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Article discrepancy[edit]

Stubsensor never edits an article, only humans do. See the how to help section for the instructions to the volunteers.

If you are another contributor who believes the stub tag has been removed from an article in error this is the place for you. Please list the article, the reason, and sign your comment. The goal is to work together to make sure stubsensor incorrectly locates as few articles as possible and make sure the instructions for the volunteers are as concise as possible.