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Basic Information

A stub is an article that doesn't yet contain enough information to be considered well-researched, well-written or well-cited. The stub category is only applied to an article until the article is deemed well-researched, well-written and well-cited by the broader Anabaptistwiki community. An article usually falls under the stub category when it is first created. Only after multiple revisions is it usually ready to be considered a full fledged article. If an article contains little information relevant to the Global Anabaptist church, it will be deleted.

When you create a stub, try to provide enough information that will make it expanding upon the article easy. Try to provide useful context for the article. To begin, undertake some general research, determine some initial descriptive facts about the subject matter and include this in your initial draft. For example, state where the group or organization is from, what it is noted for, and/or its size. Next, try to expand upon this information. Link internally to related articles, or link externally to relevant websites. Include a bibliography of the sources that you have used and identify other sources that might be helpful for future research.

Remember, accurate but incomplete information is better than no information at all. Stubs provide a solid foundation for editors who have more knowledge about the specific subject to build upon later.

Marking an Article as a Stub

To mark an article as a stub insert the following template at the top of the article page: {{stub}}. This will notify the reader that the information is incomplete and that the reader should add more information as he or she is able. Moreover, this template will place the article in an article stubs category that lists all the article stubs that exist on the site.

To identify specific sections that are incomplete within a larger article that has significant encyclopedic information insert the following template under the section heading: {{Expand-section}}. This will notify the reader that a specific section is still incomplete.

Language Policy for Stubs

When you insert the {{stub}} template you place the article in an Article Stub category. The article stub category page contains a list of all the article stubs that need additional content. To ensure that Article Stubs are organized according to language, you should use a distinct article stub template for each different language. To do so, simply add the appropriate language code to the stub template. For example, if you want to identify a Spanish translation of an article as a stub insert the following template {{stub/es}}. To learn more about language codes click here.


The following are stub templates for English, French, German, and Spanish:

  • English: {{stub}}
  • French: {{stub/fe}}
  • German: {{stub/de}}
  • Spanish: {{stub/es}}


While some articles may be complete in one language, they still may need to be translated into other languages. Listed below are category pages that list article stubs according to language.