First off, apologies if this the incorrect stack exchange for this feedback. I clicked the 'Feedback is Welcome' button on Careers and ended up here, so I assume this is where I should be.

Seeing that Careers was doing a beta for the German version of the site, I went ahead and activated a profile on it. I was glad to see that much of my existing Careers info had already been pre-populated but noticed two things:

  1. My City and State were populated incorrectly. I don't recall if I had previously entered a City and State (I updated it when I first saw it was incorrect) but my profile said I was a resident of Postal, Missouri. I believe perhaps that the English -> German translation was incorrectly applied to whatever default values these fields have in the database (perhaps every occurrence of Address was translated to Postal? Ich weiß wirklich nicht)

  2. I wrote a brief background statement auf Deutsch for the German version of the site. I had assumed this would be separate from any personal statements on the normal version of my profile but realized with some consternation that my hintergrund was also my background. I propose that the localized version of the Careers pages not necessarily be reflected on your English Careers account; my display of my quite marginal German skills, while surely a useful indicator of my (un?)employability in Germany, is liable to cause a whole lot of WTF?-age for those employers whom I was not targeting with that text.

Danke für deine Zeit :)

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Postal, Missouri? So that's where "Going Postal" comes from. –  Pëkka Nov 27 '12 at 20:13
    
What exactly did you put into the city and state field? Were you on the german or english site when you did it? –  mjibson Nov 27 '12 at 20:20
    
@mjibson I changed it to Columbia, SC on the German version of the site. Postal, MO was prepopulated on the German version of the site when I first activated the account. I don't believe I had previously provided a city and a state on my English profile but I may be mistaken on that. –  chucksmash Nov 27 '12 at 20:23
    
@IamChuckB The German and English sites have the same data. You have just one account/profile, but multiple ways to see it. –  mjibson Nov 27 '12 at 20:28
    
@mjibson that explains bullet point #2 but I do still wonder where Postal, MO came from because I'm certain I didn't enter that anywhere, at any time. Also, if there's only the one profile underlying it all, then I'd like to make a feature request for the ability to have some locale specific entry fields that are only activated when you sign up for a localized version of Careers. I think this would be useful for the reasons I outlined in the original question. It could be similar to how we can have different "About Me" sections on different sites within stack exchange –  chucksmash Nov 27 '12 at 20:39
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Took us a while, but we finally figured out where "Postal, Missouri" was coming from. Some form fields on the profile page contain a placeholder such as "street", "city":

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It looks like your browser sent the placeholder text "zip/postal" as actual form input. On geocoding your location on our side, "Postal, Missouri" then was returned as a match and your city and state information got updated accordingly.

It's not clear why the placeholder value got sent as actual input text, we will investigate this further. But, at least The placeholder values got submitted due to a glitch in older browsers. We implemented a fix for this, so it shouldn't happen anymore. And the mystery of Postal, Missouri is now solved...

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If you're using polyfills for the placeholders I'd look at that. I don't believe html5 placeholders can ever be "submitted" as data –  Ben Brocka Feb 11 '13 at 17:21
    
Yes, you're absolutely correct. This only affects older browsers. –  Max Feb 11 '13 at 17:24
    
A fix in now in place, so this shouldn't happen anymore in any browser. Problem was that modifying form fields on submission requires cancel & new submit, refer to stackoverflow.com/q/7059589. –  Max Feb 11 '13 at 21:52
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