The stub threshold feature (preferences/appearance/advanced options/threshold for
stub link formatting) allows setting different CSS styles (by default, a green color) on links which point to short pages. It would be useful to be able to enable this as the default setting for a wiki, for multiple reasons:
- in some wikis a lot of power users enabled it already to find articles which need some care, and currently it slows down page loading for them because it breaks caching, so they are working slower than they could.
- like red links, green links could bring in new editors by making readers realize that some of the linked articles need help.
- they could also help readers waste less time because they could realize the article is a stub without clicking at it.
Currently, enabling the stub threshold by default is not possible because (if I understand correctly) pages rendered with non-zero stub threshold are not cached at all. It would be helpful fo both readers and editors if that could be fixed.