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On this WP:WSS subpage, you can propose new stub types (please read the procedures beforehand!), as well as the reorganization and subdivision of existing stub types. You can also discuss anything else related to stubs on the talk page.

Proposing new stub types – procedureEdit

Important: If you wish to propose the creation of a stub ARTICLE you've come to the wrong place. If you don't have a username yourself, please go to WP:AFC for proposing a new article. If you already have a username, you can create the article yourself. If you don't know how, add {{Helpme}} to your user talk page to request help from other editors. This page only deals with stub TEMPLATES and CATEGORIES; we cannot help you with creating articles.

Proposing new stub types
If you wish to propose a new stub category and template, please follow these procedures:
  1. Check the List of stub types or under Category:Stub categories to make sure that your proposed new stub does not already exist.
  2. List it at the top of the current month's section, under a header, like the ones shown (if any). Sign it with a datestamp (~~~~).
    • Please bear in mind that a stub category isn't about the importance or notability of the topic!
  3. Find a good number[1] of stub articles, as many as you can, that will fit that template. You may use this tool to scan through categories; tagged stubs are always in Category:All stub articles and transclude {{asbox}}. Each of these articles can be:
    • currently marked with {{stub}};
    • currently marked with another type of stub tag (in which case you should justify why your tag is better for the article than the current one);
    • a stub whose categorisation is highly ambiguous or questionable;
    • not marked as a stub.
  4. If you use any category scan (from the tool mentioned above or from any other), please link to it so that other users can confirm that the results are still accurate.
  5. Others may do the same, if they so desire.
  6. 5 days after listing it here, if there is general approval or no objection, go ahead and create the new category and/or template following the format on Wikipedia:Stub. List the new stub type on the stub types list in an appropriate section. If consensus is not clear, or discussion is still ongoing, the proposal will remain open until consensus can be reached.
  7. If you wish to propose a stub type which does not currently have 60 articles that could use it, you may propose an upmerged template in a similar way. An upmerged template would feed into currently existing stub categories until such time that there are enough stubs for a separate stub category. At that point a category for it may be separately proposed. Some times, it may be difficult to be sure how many stubs would get a tag - in which case you can also start with an upmerged stub tag until you're sure there are enough.

DO NOT place a proposal here for any stub type which has already been created and is being discussed at Wikipedia:Categories for discussion. The proposal page is only for stub types that have not yet been created, and it is better to keep any discussion of such stub types in one place rather than splitting it between different pages. Wikipedia:Categories for discussion is the correct page for proposals to delete a stub type.

^ . Good number means about 60 articles or more, or 30 or more if it is the primary stub type of a WikiProject, though this figure may vary from case to case.

"Speedy creation"Edit

A stub type may be proposed for "speedy creation" if it meets one of the following criteria:

  • S1 - the creation of a category for which an approved upmerged template already exists and is now in use on more than 60 articles.
  • S2 - the creation of an upmerged national-level template for a subject in which other such national-level templates currently exist (e.g., X-bio-stub, X-hist-stub, or X-geo-stub, where X is the name of an internationally widely recognised country) or other instances where a clearly established pattern of similar subtypes exists. The proposed topic may not be controversial in scope. Many templates qualifying for S2 are listed at Wikipedia:WikiProject Stub sorting/To do/To create.

List speedy creation proposals in the same proposal listings as normal stub proposals below.

Proposals, April 2018Edit

Please check how many articles qualify for a stub type before proposing it.


Start dividing {{Mountain-stub}} and its continent equivalents into countries as wellEdit

This is not exactly the request for a single stub, but rather multiple stubs. The reason for this is with only diving mountain stubs into continents, there are many more intricate stubs that are sub-cats of the geo-stub: countries, states, and even cities. If we could divide the mountains stubs into at least countries to start off with, that would allow for the "system" of mountain stubs to have many more pages, and therefore be a lot more productive (remember, my original request was at state level). I am by no means saying we should divide it into all of the continents in the world right away - I would probably start with some of the South America country categories that have a lot of pages in them.--SkyGazer 512 talk / contributions / subpages 13:50, 21 April 2018 (UTC)

  • The following are not countries, but they are rather subdivisions of Antarctica. I decided the list them here because they had a crazy yield when I used PetScan:

French actress stubEdit

  • {{France-actress-stub}}
  • Hi, created this stub (France-actress-stub) without realising approval was needed. Believe splitting stubs between actors and actresses aids searches within the corresponding categories and also reduces the length and intrusiveness of the stub tag, thanks Atlantic306 (talk) 14:41, 18 April 2018 (UTC)
    @Atlantic306: You also created Category:French actress stubs which with just 12 articles falls below the 60 minimum. However, I do see that it has potential for many more, considering that Category:French actor stubs has more than 600 articles. There is a big problem with Category:French actress stubs as it stands: it is not in any categories. Its parents would be Category:French actresses Category:Stub categories Category:European actress stubs Category:French people stubs but one of those, Category:European actress stubs, doesn't exist. We also don't have one that would be higher up, Category:Actress stubs, which has been created twice and deleted twice. Whilst {{actress-stub}} exists, it is a redirect to {{actor stub}}. Since there are no other stub cats for actresses (and no non-redirecting templates that I can find) I think that, on the whole, both Category:French actress stubs and {{France-actress-stub}} should be sent to WP:CFD. --Redrose64 🌹 (talk) 16:34, 18 April 2018 (UTC)
    • Thanks for the feedback. My rationale is that there are many categories that differentiate between actors and actresses so it seems counterintuitive that the stubs don't. Am prepared to fill the parent categories including the red ones if they are created and create stubs for actresses of other nations. I'm not editing them while the cfd is hanging over them so if you want to nominate them i'll make my case there, thanks Atlantic306 (talk) 20:21, 18 April 2018 (UTC)
  • Stick with -actor- Distinguishing by nationality, type (voice, stage, etc.), and decade of birth is sufficient, I think, and "actor" is increasingly used in popular culture to indicate a thespian of any gender. Pegship (talk) 19:58, 19 April 2018 (UTC)
    • don't see what is wrong with actress; if it is on the way out we will end up using female actor which is less succinct and means the same thing, thanks Atlantic306 (talk) 13:33, 21 April 2018 (UTC)
      • Nothing "wrong" with it, and I mention its use in the vernacular only as an aside. My main point is that there are already enough distinctions in the stub types without adding gender as one of them. Pegship (talk) 19:28, 21 April 2018 (UTC)

Washington (state) geography stub sub-catsEdit

Oberea stubsEdit

Proposals, March 2018Edit

North Dakota geography stubsEdit

ND has 53 counties and one -geo- type for the whole state, used on 509 articles. May I create upmerged templates for counties whose -geo- cats contain stubs? Pegship (talk) 19:24, 30 March 2018 (UTC)

Eventually I'd like to create upmerged county templates for Arizona (1,216 stub articles, 15 counties), Colorado (609 stub articles, 64 counties), Idaho (695 stub articles, 44 counties), Montana (658 stub articles, 56 counties), Nevada (631 stub articles, 17 counties), New Mexico (525 stub articles, 33 counties), Utah (718 stub articles, 29 counties), and Wyoming (493 stub articles, 23 counties). And that's just the Western United States... Also, does anyone know a way to automate stub tagging?? Pegship (talk) 23:16, 30 March 2018 (UTC)

New York mountain and hill stubsEdit

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa geography stubs sub-cats part deuxEdit

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa geography stubs sub-catsEdit

Proposals, February 2018Edit

Scottish nobilityEdit

Category:Georgia (U.S. state) people stubs / GeorgiaUS-bio-stubEdit

Category:Göttingen district geography stubs‎Edit

New Brunswick school stubsEdit

Economic terminology stubsEdit

Spilomelinae sub-catEdit

Proposals, January 2018Edit

Please check how many articles qualify for a stub type before proposing it.

Category:Andalusia stubs / {{Andalusia-stub}}Edit