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Why does my location in stackoverflow profile change?

I'm not to knowledgeable when it comes to OpenID, but I was under the impression it is reliable and secure. Now today I find the location "Al Qibabat, Egypt" in my profile. This seems to be a free-form text field and I haven't entered that value myself. All logins happen via SSL, so I'm puzzled how this could have happened.

If there is a better direct "support channel" or issue tracker, please point me to it. Looking over the FAQ and searching I was unable to find anything like that. Only the meta sites.

Is this a bug or should I be seriously worried that someone took over one of my machines?

Note: I visit my profile regularly and that location wasn't set last night. So it must have happened within the last 12 or so hours, I reckon.

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marked as duplicate by YOU, Grace Note, random Apr 21 '11 at 14:19

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Yeah, Its Yahoo! –  YOU Apr 21 '11 at 14:16
This is neither a bug, nor a matter of your account getting hacked. There's some changes to the location system being done, and a rolling update was being applied to users across Stack Overflow and Meta stack Overflow. You apparently were just caught fairly late. You may breath a sigh of relief. ♪ –  Grace Note Apr 21 '11 at 14:18
@YOU: Yahoo? I'm not using Yahoo for OpenID or anything. Actually I don't have any Yahoo account :) ... thanks for the link about the duplicate. I'll try to mark my own question as duplicate. –  0xC0000022L Apr 21 '11 at 14:19
@Grace Note: thanks. *sigh* :) –  0xC0000022L Apr 21 '11 at 14:22
@STATUS: It's indeed Yahoo. –  Hendrik Vogt Apr 21 '11 at 14:23
@Hendrik: yes, I noticed from the duplicate question. However, I'm nowhere near Egypt. In fact I would say that I'm at least 4000 km from Egypt. My former location said "Somewhere in the vicinity of Sol". Will this now be reset regularly or can I simply reset it back? –  0xC0000022L Apr 21 '11 at 14:27
You can reset it once and it'll stick. This auto-set is one-time-only. –  Grace Note Apr 21 '11 at 14:28
@Grace: thanks. Will change it back then. –  0xC0000022L Apr 21 '11 at 14:34

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A query to Yahoo! API

http://where.yahooapis.com/geocode?q=Somewhere in the vicinity of Sol

<city>Al Qibabat</city>
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LOL, okay. Thanks for pointing that out. Well, strictly speaking Egypt is somewhere in the vicinity of Sol, too ;) ... +1 –  0xC0000022L Apr 21 '11 at 14:33

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