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In my list of places I am willing to relocate to, I list "Sudan" because that is closest to "South Sudan". When I try to list "South Sudan", Careers automatically rephrases that as "Augusta, GA", which is not quite the same.

I think this should be fixed.

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Augusta is such a nice place, especially in April... – Nick Larsen Mar 21 '12 at 13:47
Potentially similar to Obsolete country name on careers – Pops Mar 21 '12 at 14:22
Speaking personally, I'd rather be in Augusta, GA than South Sudan. Fewer horrible insects for one thing. – Donal Fellows Mar 29 '12 at 21:21
True enough. But South Sudan is much more exciting. Although I am beginning to want to visit Augusta some day! – Andrew J. Brehm Mar 30 '12 at 7:39
Is this still an issue? I'm not using Careers, but on SE sites I get the right suggestion today. But: I never tried earlier. And Careers might be using a different mechanism. – Arjan Mar 30 '12 at 9:22
And what does using The Republic of South Sudan get you? – Arjan Mar 30 '12 at 9:28
"Republic of South Sudan" becomes "Sudan". – Andrew J. Brehm Mar 30 '12 at 10:35
@David, as Yahoo! does know about the newish South Sudan (at least, when limiting searches to country, like in the Meta profiles), I just want to confirm: are you sure this is by design? – Arjan Mar 30 '12 at 12:15

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I suspect it is linked to this question about the break-up of the Netherlands Antilles. The Yahoo Placefinder API took a very long time to work out that 3 new countries existed.

As South Sudan is "so" new - only 9 months - the Yahoo Placefinder API probably hasn't had a chance to catch up yet, ahem.

If it's the same you'll have to yell at Yahoo as this is for SO.

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Confirmed: where.yahooapis.com/geocode?q=South+Sudan There appears to be a Sudan Rd in Augusta. – David Fullerton Mar 21 '12 at 14:39
Nice, @David. On the other hand: it has a "quality" rate of 72, whereas other searches show much lower values such as 10. Maybe results with high values can be ignored? – Arjan Mar 29 '12 at 21:01
Odd that on this very site, things are fine (today). I don't use Careers though, so it might be a different system, @David. – Arjan Mar 30 '12 at 9:23
Ah, here on Meta it's explicitly asking for a country (and Yahoo actually does know about South Sudan), while relocation on Careers might be looking for cities or counties. For the country in one's profile here on Meta: query.yahooapis.com/v1/public/… – Arjan Mar 30 '12 at 9:27

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