I see an ad in the right of the StackOverflow page with the following text:


Software Design Engineer

Key Technology

Walla, WA / remote / relocation

However, I'm pretty sure that Key Technology would have put in 'Walla Walla', not just 'Walla'. Was the second 'Walla' removed because the software thought there was a duplication?

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Spot-on. That's exactly what happened.

We clearly owe an apology to a few places: sorry, Paw Paw, Ty Ty, and Walla Walla, for brutally discarding half of your names with a slightly imperfect regular expression!

In our defense, our complex and highly sophisticated location abbreviation and de-duplication system has worked well in the past for places such as "Singapore, Singapore" and "Hong Kong, Hong Kong". Also, we have yet to hear a single complaint from the mayors of Hoohoo and Tumtum - our classified algorithms are also handling those places correctly.

  • I hate to sound ungrateful or complaining when it is not my intention to do so, but am I correct in observing that it took a year for anybody to comment this in any way, even if the problem itself seems quite clear (at least in retrospect)? So if I open another similar issue, it make take an equal amount of time?
    – eis
    Mar 17, 2014 at 15:27
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    @eis year?? Looks like four days to me. (the 13 is the day in March, not year) Mar 17, 2014 at 15:28
  • @ShadowWizard my bad :) So I was not correct, which is a good thing! Thanks for pointing it out for me.
    – eis
    Mar 17, 2014 at 16:02
  • @eis cheers, but I can't deny some bugs do lurk for years. Example. (hint hint, @Max :)) Mar 17, 2014 at 16:07

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