The Stub Contest, an incarnation of which was organised by Danny (talk · contribs) in 2004, was revived in November/December 2013. A short intensive contest, the idea is to focus on expanding as many of Wikipedia's stub articles as possible, particularly the most linked or viewed, and see what the community can do at chiselling away at the huge backlog of articles needing expansion to some significant coverage. Also note that the article should already be in existence at the beginning of the contest – the spirit of the contest is the expansion of existing stubs, not creation of still more (which is going on anyway...). Possibly it may run again during April/May 2014, with prizes (Amazon vouchers) awarded a few weeks afterwards.
As Wikipedia has evolved and produced more and more articles, so there is an increasing pool of stubs. What to do? I[who?] have always preferred carrots to sticks, and so thought of reviving this competition. The idea of walking in the footsteps of Stub Making editors, picking up the baton and expanding to highlight the true spirit of collaborative editing.
The aim of the contest is to encourage a short, sharp burst of activity, with each entrant selecting a bunch of interesting, wacky or highly needed stubs to expand. The only prerequisite is that an article has a stub tag at the beginning and looks like a stub. Ask us if you're not sure. Also, take a look at Wikipedia:WikiProject Council/Assessment FAQ#Quality scale for some clarification about article ratings.
- The contest takes place over one month from December 1st to 31st, during which time an editor or editors knuckle down and improve as many articles as possible, and submit diffs of their work at Wikipedia:Stub Contest/Entries.
- Any stub can be expanded. Prizes will be awarded to entrants who have expanded highly viewed ones, funny ones, highly linked ones, or just a huge number of them. It might be hard to compare apples with oranges but we'll try. Also, please ensure all expanded material is referenced with inline footnotes.
- A small fraction of brownie points will be awarded for re-rating significant numbers of supposed stubs (e.g. if you find ten chunky articles listed as stubs and re-rate them all as Start or C, please tally it. This is a vital part of the rating of all our articles and getting a truer indication of stub numbers.
Panel of judges
Scoring and prizes
Points will be awarded as follows:
- +10 points for expanding a stub to a minimum of 1500 b "readable prose size" (like DYK criteria). Furthermore, the expansion is expected to be referenced with inline referencing. This can also include articles from Category:Disambiguation pages to be converted to broad concept articles.
- +10 points for a stub with a score over 1200 on Wikipedia Release Version Tool
- +5 points if rated as top or high importance by any WikiProject.
- +5 points if reaches 4500 b "readable prose size".
Re-rating incorrectly-labelled stubs
- +1 point for re-rating an article incorrectly labelled as a stub, to (for example) Start or C class (this chore helps us clarify how many stubs are remaining – lots have been expanded without anyone changing the rating tag on the talk page....). Note that one needs to both re-rate the talk-page and remove the stub tag (if both are present, otherwise just re-rating the template is fine)!
- The prizes will be a 100 Euro voucher for Amazon for first place, €50 for 2nd place, €25 for 3rd and 4th place, with €25 special prizes for the editor who de-stubs the oldest stub (dated from first day of creation) and €25 special prize for the editor who de-stubs the stub that received the highest number of page views on December 1st 2013 (i.e. the first day of the competition).
A scoreboard for the Stub Contest with everyone's points exists. It was updated with everyone's points by the judges every so often.