Stages of an article
Consider using a Wizard to help you create articles. See the
Every article starts with an idea in the mind of a contributor. You can
create articles about anything, as long as they
belong in Wikipedia. It is a good idea to
search first, so you are sure there has not been an article on the subject; if there is, a
redirect may be appropriate. If you see a
red link that strikes your fancy, create an article! (If you've not created an article before, see
Your First Article.)
For more suggestions on how to think of subjects to contribute on, see
Wikipedia:Contributing to Wikipedia.
Before you start, it's helpful to read the
tutorials on creating new articles to get an idea of what you should consider—such matters as the scope, format, references, and NPOV in a Wikipedia article.
Good ways to find articles to create:
If you do not have the time to write a full article, consider writing a "
stub". Stubs are very short articles—generally just a few sentences. These are the "
ugly ducklings" of Wikipedia. With effort, they can mature into "swans".
Good ways to find stub articles and grow stubs:
To find stub templates appropriate for an article, see these WikiProject Stub sorting sub-pages.
Wikipedia:WikiProject Stub sorting/Stub types for more information on existing stub types.
Wikipedia:WikiProject Stub sorting/List of stubs for a compact list of all stub types.
Article stub placement
The article stub (or stubs) template is added after the last line of the article. For example:
Last line of the article.
(first blank line)
(second blank line)
Talk page stub class
Article quality assessments are mainly performed by members of WikiProjects, who tag talk pages of articles. For beginning stub articles, the class=Stub parameter is added to the article's WikiProject banner on the talk page.
Once a stub has real content, it is a real article and the article's stub template(s) can be removed. The vast majority of articles fall into this category. They may have weaknesses, so you are encouraged to
copyedit them and, where you have the knowledge or do the necessary research, to add content.
As an article is improved in quality it goes through stages of development. Here is an
example of the evolution of an article.
Good ways to find and improve developing articles (see
below for more information):
- Good articles
- How to get great articles up to featured quality
featured articles are what we believe to be the best articles in Wikipedia. Before promotion to featured status, articles are reviewed at
Wikipedia:Featured article candidates for compelling prose, accuracy, neutrality, and completeness, according to our
featured article criteria. Wikipedians tend to be proud of featured articles to which they have contributed.
Once an article is certified as featured, it joins an exclusive group of
featured content which is showcased across various community pages, including
WikiProjects. The article could also receive the distinction of being featured on the
main page. Before the article is scheduled to appear on the main page, it should receive a last review and polishing where possible.
Featured articles present our best work to people who might not know about Wikipedia. This is an excellent way to
recruit new Wikipedians and obtain donations, both of which help Wikipedia immensely.
Featured articles are well polished, but there are usually small improvements that can still be made.
Do not ever be afraid to correct mistakes or update information when you see an opportunity; few articles are
perfect, even though perfection is always our goal. We have a formal procedure for encouraging Wikipedians to review and improve featured articles:
Featured Article Review.
What constitutes a featured article
Good ways to display our best articles: