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A '''stub''' is a short article, that may only be as long as one or two sentences.
 
A '''stub''' is a short article, that may only be as long as one or two sentences.

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A stub is a short article, that may only be as long as one or two sentences.

When you see a stub article, we hope that you will:

  • Mark it as a stub article, if it has not already been so designated.
  • Start expanding it, so that it is no longer a stub.

Why are there stubs?

The main reason that there are stubs is that a contributor wanted to start an article for later expansion. A good reason to start stub articles is, for example, to increase the odds that all the elected officials in a particular area will have the same category designation, which is helpful for future organization.

Because of this, sometimes a contributor will start a series of stubs on all the officials in a particular area that are nothing more than an introductory sentence and a category.

Marking a stub

In order to indicate that an article is a stub, at a minimum, just type {{stub}} at the beginning or end of the article. However, it can be more helpful for organizing purposes if you indicate which project the article is a stub in, such as {{Alabama stub}}.

Stub templates

Different projects on Ballotpedia use different stub templates.

Plain stub

If you don't want to say that a stub article belongs to a particular project, you can simply designate it as a stub by typing {{stub}} either at the very beginning or end of the article. That template looks like this:

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This article is a stub.
Please help Ballotpedia by expanding it.


State stubs

Every state on Ballotpedia has its own stub. You can summon them by writing State stub in two curly brackets, i.e. {{Arizona stub}}.

Expanding a stub

One of the most helpful things you can do is to expand and improve articles that are currently ranked as stubs. Here are some ideas on how to get started as a writer on Ballotpedia.

If you want to learn more about the overall aims and goals of the project that the article is a stub in, please consult this list of projects.

If you believe that an article has been expanded to the point where it no longer qualifies as a stub article, please remove any stub templates from the article.

Removing stub designation

If you believe that an article has been expanded to the point where it no longer qualifies as a stub article, please remove any stub templates from the article.

An article would generally no longer be considered a stub if it:

  • Has several paragraphs or sections that provide a reasonably informative introduction to the topic of the article
  • Has several references, citations or external links
  • Includes relevant templates and categories