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So - what do you think we can do to get people filling up some of these categories? David 06:10, 29 December 2005 (UTC)

Success breeds success - have to fill a lot in now, which drags other people in to complement the information. I need to do the hard yards and establish the place as a resource worth visiting. Greg 04:22, 14 January 2006 (UTC)

How about "stubs", like Wikipedia has? They're quick to make and often include a sentence or two, which would both mean there was something for someone knowledgeable on a subject to build from, and can be tantalising enough for someone with no knowledge to do some research on to create an article. Also perhaps a "todo" list of desired articles, and articles that could need work (e.g. the Kolbrin bible which is very interesting, but just a solid block of text, so could be broken up into sentences and smaller paragraphs for easier reading) like Wikipedia has. Of course, I'm new here and I'm not sure how you want to do it, but I think they're reasonable ways Wikipedia has with dealing with it (and we're using the same software after all). Another pro-stubs argument (for me personally) is that many of the categories on the Main Page have no content inside them, so when I first found here I clicked on a couple of categories and thought it was entirely empty (luckily I learned otherwise by looking at "Random page" and "Recent changes" :) --Colin 12:11, 21 March 2006 (UTC)

I also think that creating some stubs would serve as a catalyst. I think The Red Pill is a great idea and should be pursued. I'm willing to start some. What say you, Greg? Traveling writer 03:35, 22 March 2006 (UTC)

Agreed, stubs would be a good way of getting people involved. As I've said previously, it's about reaching a critical mass of usable information so that people edit entries with new information, and stubs could be a way of getting there. Greg 10:26, 22 March 2006 (UTC)

Oh, and welcome Colin! Not many of us here (quite a few visit, but I think a lot of people are unnecessarily daunted by the Wiki markup, and also as you said it looks empty when you visit). Perhaps we need an 'article of the day'? Greg 10:27, 22 March 2006 (UTC)

I think, considering that the Red Pill is reasonably small at this point, we should just create a category of 'Stubs' in which to class all stub articles (rather than sub-categories within that category). I would also suggest that we put the stub article into its correct category at the same time, so that people browsing areas of interest will be able to find it. As for a template to use, perhaps something like this:

What do you think? Greg 11:45, 22 March 2006 (UTC)

That sounds about what I was thinking - tie the stub into the right category, so the front page is better filled out, as well as adding a generic "stub" category, which will allow people to see what needs worked on. I think an "Article of the Day" could be helpful too :)

I also think the Red Pill is a great idea, and plan to stick around (at first I found Wikis themselves fairly odd an idea, but now I think they're great. My own website even uses wiki markup to allow me to quickly edit pages even though it's not actually a wiki itself :) The Red Pill specifically also appeals to me as it's pretty much a website I'd been planning on doing myself, except I had grand notions of throwing in geographical info in there too (e.g. for ghost, monster or UFO sightings you could specify lat/lon or nearby towns, or just click on a map. Then the user could view where it happend on a map, or view a map of events). Perhaps I could write a plugin for MediaWiki... --Colin 12:13, 22 March 2006 (UTC)