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Regarding all three of the villages' merge proposals above
As far as I know none of these three are legally/officially recognized places and as such have no inherent claim to notability (as Skr15081997 points out). With no sources whatsoever, I agree they should be merged. But I think it makes more sense to merge them into the next level up in the hierarchy of legally recognized places (e.g. Woodville merged into Richmond and/or Hopkinton) rather than the state page. --— Rhododendritestalk | 06:36, 31 December 2013 (UTC)
I support "Rhododendrites" modified merge proposal above. There's no need to merge info on several obscure places into the article about the state that they are all apparently in. Guy1890 (talk) 06:42, 31 December 2013 (UTC)
As far as notability goes, these villages are real places but are not dominant enough as villages to have their own post offices. I can see a merger with the page "Villages in Rhode Island", but merging them with Rhode Island seems a bit strange. The page for Rhode Island talks only about the state; it wouldn't make sense for details about one or two small villages to be thrown in. — Preceding unsigned comment added by P. Pearl-Lee C. Spears-Harris (talk • contribs) 13:25, 31 December 2013 (UTC)
Thanks for the contributions -- regardless of where the information goes it's material that's worth having. You may already know all this, but for the benefit of anyone who might not: Exceptions for when notability has to be established via significant coverage in reliable sources are pretty limited -- including legally recognized populated places, but not, as far as I know, villages (although they may certainly exist and may have historical significance, they don't get an automatic pass without a bunch of references). I'm not aware of any precedent for having a standalone article about villages in a particular state (there's Category:Villages in Rhode Island but no standalone article for RI or any other state--as far as I know). I think what makes the most sense (as above) is to merge them into the most appropriate one or two town/city/county pages. What do you think? --— Rhododendritestalk | 15:44, 31 December 2013 (UTC)
User: P. Pearl-Lee C. Spears-Harris :I would definitely agree. In fact, I have a list of villages that should be merged. In the Hopkinton page, there is a small section called "Villages" where they are listed but I do not believe one exists on the Richmond page.
I think the villages in Richmond have enough notability to remain their own separate pages (after all, people in Richmond are more familiar with the villages than the town itself.) Woodville, Rhode Island is a village of Hopkinton and Richmond and should have a merger with both, but if it was the only merger with Richmond that would be a bit strange; I think if we are to merge Woodville it should only be merged with Hopkinton.
Addressing the comment above on notability for places: It is my understanding that any of the following qualify as proof of notability for places. Legal recognition is not needed. Those things would be: Entry in GNIS; the existence at any point in time of census data specifically for that place name; being at any point in time on an official map; or the existence at any point in time of a post office for that place. I am not able to extensively search historic map records, but Yawgoog failed all the others. That is why I nominated it for deletion. There is material on the scout camp with the same name; lots of it in fact. But nothing for a village or settlement by that name. John from Idegon (talk) 01:02, 1 January 2014 (UTC)
Yawgoog...I do believe it is a village but perhaps have been mistaken. I have heard numerous times of the Scout Camp being located in "Yawgoog". What official map sources did you check that contained the others?