With people from all over the world contributing to thousands of articles at the same time, it is inevitable that not all of them are of top quality. This is not necessarily a bad thing, because "perfection is not required". Don't let these remarks stop you from writing a short, incomplete article about a topic - other contributors will collaborate with you and add their own ideas to enhance the article.

However, we also strive to build the best and most complete encyclopedia about licensed Star Trek - one of our long-term goals is to complete all unfinished articles. This means that, sometimes, it is necessary to make other contributors aware of articles that are incomplete, badly formatted or contain erroneous assumptions about a topic.

This page serves as a hub for all these attempts by making available tools to mark articles as a "page needing attention" as well as lists of articles that other contributors marked as such. You can use both to help enhance Memory Beta.

Lists of pages needing attention: Pages needing attention - Pages needing citation - Incomplete articles - Unformatted articles - Images without copyright disclaimer

Pages needing attentionEdit

If you think that an article needs attention of some sort and you can't take care of it yourself, your first step should be to inform other contributors about it. Connected to each article is a discussion page - just click on the link "discussion" and edit the page to add a comment. Make sure to give this new section a good title and fill in the edit summary field.

Sometimes, this is all you have to do, especially if there are only minor objections to the article. Many contributors are checking the list of recent changes regularly and will eventually take care of the problem. In all other cases, you can use one of the following message templates. Just make sure to follow these two steps:

  1. Add a comment on the discussion page, informing other contributors of what you think needs to be changed.
  2. Add the appropriate message template (for example, {{incomplete}}) at the bottom of the article.

This is really everything you have to do - the article in question will be added to one of the lists automatically, and everyone interested in helping out can just check the discussion page.

Removing articles from the listsEdit

If you have taken care of all the problems with one of the articles listed, you can and should remove it from the list. This is important, because we don't want the articles to pile up on those lists. Removing articles is as easy as adding them:

  1. Reply to the comment on the discussion page, informing everyone which problems you have taken care of.
  2. If all problems are solved, remove the message template from the article.

As above, removal from the lists will happen automatically.

Message templatesEdit

Each of the following message templates corresponds to one of the automatically generated lists and takes care of one type of problems. If an article needs attention in more than one way, you can either use the generic message template or choose the problem category that you think is more important at the moment

...for general purposeEdit

This article or section needs attetion
This page or section has been identified as needing attention. Please visit the article's talk page to see what needs fixing and feel free to edit this page to assist with this task..

Use this message template by adding "{{attention}}" at the bottom of an article. It corresponds to the list "Memory Beta pages needing attention".

As explained above, you can use this message for articles that contain more than one problem, for problems that don't have a separate template, or if you are simply unsure which one of the specific templates below would be the correct one. Additionally, you can use this message for articles that are too short even to qualify as a stub, or if you are unsure if an article might need to be deleted.

...for pages missing citationsEdit

This article or section needs attention
This article or section does not adequately cite one of more of its sources, and need attention. If you can provide references from valid resource material, feel free to edit it to add a citation or correct the data

If an article is simply missing a citation of a valid resource for data within, the more specific tag {{citation}} can be used, with a boilerplate to find sources for the data.

...for incomplete articlesEdit

This article or section is incomplete
This article is marked as lacking essential detail, and needs attention. Information regarding expansion requirements may be found on the article's talk page. Feel free to edit this page to assist with this expansion.

This message should be used if an article is seriously incomplete, for example, if information of a complete episode is missing. If an article only lacks minor data points, a comment on the discussion page without using this template might suffice. If the article is a stub as defined here, use the template {{stub}} instead. In this case, a comment on the discussion page is unnecessary - but keep in mind that stub messages should be removed if an article is no longer a stub!

...for unformatted articlesEdit

This article or section needs attention
This page requires formatting - possibly including wikification, and adherance to the Manual of Style - and has been identified as needing attention. Please feel free to edit this page to assist with this task.

This message should be used if an article desperately needs to be formatted, for example because it doesn't adhere to the manual of style. This also includes pages that need to be wikified, which means that links to other articles on this site have to be added. If the bad formatting of an article is really obvious (for example on dead-end pages), a comment on the discussion page may be omitted.

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