Hi Mountain Rail! Your new pages have flagged up for patrol, and I see from your userpage that you have a lot of interest in developing coverage for Virginia, just as I have for SW England where I live. I wouldn't want to see a fellow hardworking wikipedian disappointed by trigger happy editors proposing your articles for speedy deletion so I copy the thoughts I have posted on the Mustoe talk page below:
The reference source quoted does not list Mustoe as a government-recognized settlement, so therefore this article unfortunately looks like it falls short of Wikipedia:Notability_(geographic_features)#Geographic_regions.2C_areas_and_places. I don't want to annoy the creator by flagging it for deletion, but really it needs more proof that it's notable enough to have its own article, so if that can be added (and referenced) then great. If not I suggest that it is turned into a redirect page to a section within another article on the nearby area, which would save it from deletion altogether.
Perhaps you could clarify if you have plans to develop these articles further? As I say, I don't want to nominate them for deletion but I think I'm likely in a minority and other patrollers will be bolder. Baldy Bill (talk) 02:34, 12 January 2013 (UTC)
Hello Baldy Bill! Thanks for your interest in my work. I was under the impression that a feature listed by GNIS was considered notable, as this would indicate the location as a government recognized place. Though I understand that these unincorporated communities are not, as the GNIS states, "a census designated or incorporated place having an official federally recognized name," I thought that a place marked by the U.S. Board on Geographic Names and located on maps is considered government recognized. Also, many other counties in Virginia, such as Albemarle, have listed the many unincorporated communities within the county, each with a separate article. By all means, if I am mistaken or have read this wrong, please correct me. I do plan to develop some of the unincorporated community pages if I can into more detailed articles at some time in the future. Thanks! MountainRail (talk) 13:00, 12 January 2013 (UTC)
Yes, I think it depends how we interpret the notability criteria together with the wording on the GNIS classification. It's certainly a grey area, which is why I was contacting you to find out if you planned to create a lot more similar location articles. I hate having my work deleted and would not like to think that you spend hours on it and then someone else will come along and flag all your stubs for deletion. It's clear that you created these in good faith, and with more information than the some of the ones on the Albemarle template! I'd suggest though that if you did want to cover the county better it might be worth just creating redirect pages for each name, eg Mustoe→redirect to "Smaller Communities of Highland County" each with its own section, which would be more informative as many such location stubs do not give any information other than their postion on the map. This would fit well with the spirit of "Merged groups of small articles" under part 1 of Wikipedia:What_Wikipedia_is_not#Wikipedia_is_not_a_directory. I have voted for it to be kept, along with Mint Springs, so happy editing!
It seems a separate article such as "smaller communities of X County" or "unincorporated communities of X County" is not regularly used for U.S. Counties. A search of a few different terms brought up list articles for each state (for example List of unincorporated communities in Virginia), but not for individual counties. I like the idea of having a central article that lists places within the county, and one of the best examples I could find representing this is Communities in Norfolk County, Ontario. However, I fear that this would be somewhat repetitive for most U.S. counties, as probably the majority of counties have some list of unincorporated communities (such as in the county templates) that link to separate, mainly stub-class articles for each community, and changing the current practice would take a great deal of work. Perhaps a list of unincorporated communities as a section of the main county article (some counties already have this) could be put in (or expanded) to include coordinates and other information. I don't plan on making a lot more of these articles, but I am planning on expanding some of them, especially in Albemarle and Augusta Counties along the old Virginia Central Railroad. Thank you for your input! MountainRail (talk) 21:36, 12 January 2013 (UTC)
MountainRail, thank you again for your review of this article. I've corrected the link within the citation in question. When you have a moment, could you please take a look at it and confirm on the article's nomination page that it has been resolved? Thanks again and thank you for all your incredible contributions to Wikipedia's Virginia-related content! -- Caponer (talk) 00:46, 12 February 2013 (UTC)
For your assistance in helping me with the cleanup and polishing work for the newly created article Union Pacific 4014 you are hereby awarded this Railway Barnstar. TomStar81 (Talk) 06:46, 8 August 2013 (UTC)
Hello, I just wanted to introduce myself and let you know I am glad to be reviewing the article Charlottesville and Albemarle Railway you nominated for GA-status according to the criteria. This process may take up to 7 days. Feel free to contact me with any questions or comments you might have during this period. Message delivered by GA bot, on behalf of Khazar2 -- Khazar2(talk) 01:48, 9 August 2013 (UTC)
DYK for Northern Pacific Railroad Depot (Missoula, Montana)
Hi MountainRail, I just wanted to let you know that I have added the autopatrolled right to your account, as you have created numerous, valid articles. This feature will have no effect on your editing, and is simply intended to reduce the workload on new page patrollers. For more information on the patroller right, see Wikipedia:Autopatrolled. Feel free to leave me a message if you have any questions. Happy editing! ϢereSpielChequers 22:32, 22 March 2014 (UTC)
Thank you, Caponer! I would indeed like to nominate it for DYK and I already have a QPQ done. Do you have suggestions for a hook? Perhaps this, though there might be something better: "that although only 9 miles (14 km) long, the Mann's Creek Railroad serviced nearly 200 beehive coke ovens?"
MountainRail, your hook actually works well, and I think it would definitely garner interest from Wikipedia users! You may want to use the actual number of 193, as I could see an editor being picky about sticking to the sourced information. Other than that, I say you're good to go! Thank you for doing a terrific job on a West Virginia-related article. We could sure use more West Virginia content and representation on Wikipedia--so it's greatly appreciated! -- Caponer (talk) 03:19, 8 April 2014 (UTC)