Stubs are articles that have insufficient information and are less than 300 bytes. Stubs are generally small articles that can be greatly expanded. They usually contain a paragraph or less. However, this does not mean the stub is not a legitimate article; it just needs to be expanded.


A stub's goal is to become a full, informative article. However, some articles may not require much information, though they still must cover as much as possible.

Don't assume that additions and improvements will immediately pour in of themselves. The best way to draw the attention of others into contributing a stub is by editing it yourself. Even if you do a small edit it will appear on the recent changes page, where many users love to follow the action, and jump in where there's work being done.

Naming a stub

When you've created a small article or found a small article, simply edit the page and add the {{stub}} template. When you've completed this and saved the page, the article will then say:

173Cleffa This article is a stub. Please help the Pokémon Wiki by expanding it. 173Cleffa

This will show that the article is stub. When people view the page, they will see this and hopefully try to expand the article.

Editing a stub

When editing a stub, there are a few things you should remember.

  1. Follow the standards of correct grammar. Write in full, clear sentences.
  2. Give a clear, precise definition or description of your topic.
  3. Make sure any relevant linkable words have been linked.
  4. Feel some responsibility for your stub article. There is a fine line between helping by outlining out what needs to be done, and being annoying by not doing anything yourself. If nobody contributes to your stub for a few weeks, why not expand it yourself? Take the fact that nobody has contributed as a hint that your stub might not have been that great, and if nothing else, try to make it a better stub.

Admittedly, these guidelines are in some sense irrelevant because no matter what you do, someone will probably fix the article for you. That's the great thing of a wiki! But if you want to contribute something positive, and you cannot write the whole article yourself, then at least let your contribution be an invitation to participation.

See also

Category:Article stubs

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