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A stub is a short article that may only be one or two sentences long. When you see a stub, you can:

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

Creating a stub

Stubs are generally created with the intention for later expansion. An example of when many stubs may be created is during an election cycle. There are many candidate pages that need to be created, and not all of them will be expanded past stubs. After the election, defeated candidates will often remain unexpanded while newly elected officials' articles will be extended past stubs.

Marking a stub

In order to indicate that an article is a stub you can add the stub template by typing {{stub}} at the beginning or end of the article. There are also many project specific stub designations, such as {{slp stub}}, which can be found on the article improvement page.

Expanding a stub

One of the most helpful things you can do is to expand and improve articles that are currently marked 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 stub article is in, please consult the list of projects.

Removing stub designation

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