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This page describes the stages in the life of an article and lists the ways in which you can help an article grow into the next stage. Skipping stages is not just permissible—it is, in fact, recommended! The following categories should give you an idea of how articles typically grow on Wikipedia.
Every article starts with an idea in the mind of a contributor. You can
For more suggestions on how to think of subjects to contribute on, see
Before you start, it's helpful to read the
Good ways to find articles to create:
If you do not have the time to write a full article, consider writing a "
Good ways to find stub articles and grow stubs:
To find stub templates appropriate for an article, see these WikiProject Stub sorting sub-pages.
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)
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
As an article is improved in quality it goes through stages of development. Here is an
Good ways to find and improve developing articles (see below for more information):
Once an article is certified as featured, it joins an exclusive group of
Featured articles present our best work to people who might not know about Wikipedia. This is an excellent way to
Featured articles are well polished, but there are usually small improvements that can still be made.
What constitutes a featured article
Good ways to display our best articles: