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...). It ran again from 1-30 September 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 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 pre-existing 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 1st to 31st August, 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.
- The deadline for expanding stubs is midnight UTC on 31 August and all entries have to be submitted to the contest by midnight UTC on 3 September in order to be included in the final count.
- Any stub can be expanded. Please ensure all expanded material is referenced with inline footnotes.
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" (ignoring infoboxes, categories, references, lists, and tables etc.) The number of characters may be measured using this script (most accurate) or this one or this tool. Furthermore, the expansion is expected to be referenced with inline referencing. At a minimum this should include the main points in the article, and anything that might be disputed. There should be no entirely unsourced paragraphs. This can also include articles from Category:Disambiguation pages to be converted to broad concept articles.
- Bonus points
- +10 points for a stub with a score over 1200 on Wikipedia Release Version Tool
- +10 points if the stub was created before 1 August 2005
- +5 points if rated as top or high importance by any WikiProject.
- +5 points if reaches 4500 b "readable prose size".
- For the purposes of the competition, a stub will be shorter than 150 words or 4 sentences. If the stub has zero inline references, then this can be doubled (300 words or 8 sentences).
- Articles are only eligible if they were below this size before expansion, whether or not they had a stub tag
- Given the aim is the improvement of existing stubs, not adding more, only stubs created before 1st July 2015 are eligible for expansion.
- The prizes will be slightly differently organized this time round. The editor with the most points will receive a £50 voucher for Amazon, editor who expands the oldest stub will get a £25 voucher. The remaining seven £25 vouchers up for grabs will be in a "lucky dip/raffle". Each successful stub expanded counts as one 'ticket' for this. Seven winning entries will be drawn at random from the total number or 'entries' (i.e. stubs expanded). Hence the more stubs you expand the better chance of winning but it's by no means a certainty.
A scoreboard for the Stub Contest with everyone's points exists. It will be updated with everyone's points by the judges every so often.