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Why does my location in stackoverflow profile change?

If you currently check my profile, it says my location is "Andøy, Norway".

I'm sure Andøy, Norway is a lovely place (løvely?) and have nothing against it, but I certainly didn't set that location myself, so I was wondering: how did it randomly get updated?

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    Maybe someone found a Bobby Injection vulnerability and though this would be a fun way to tell SO? – Oded Apr 20 '11 at 20:50
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    Robert'); UPDATE Users SET Location='Andøy, Norway' WHERE UserName='LittleBobbyTables';-- – Bill the Lizard Apr 20 '11 at 20:54
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    We apologize for the fault in location. Those responsible have been sacked. – user149432 Apr 20 '11 at 21:10
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    Aw, no fun, I was here first. Just for that: A møøse bit my sister once. – LittleBobbyTables - Au Revoir Apr 20 '11 at 23:37
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    Looking at the timelines, it looks like the other one is the dupe, not this one. – John Apr 21 '11 at 0:42
  • @John While the other one came later, the other one is also the one with the official Team answer. – Grace Note Apr 21 '11 at 11:08

It seems that some new functionality has been pushed to Meta Stack Overflow and Stack Overflow with regards to location entries. The rest of the Trilogy, and the Stack Exchange 2.0 sites, remain unaffected.

The location now has some form of auto-complete and validation. All previous entries have been auto-filled. For example, UK will expand to United Kingdom, and NRW to North Rhine-Westphalia.

Apparently, whatever you had initially listed as your location expanded to Norway. And the number 6 will expand to Dublin, Ireland.

I imagine it might be related to some functionality with Careers, but we'll have to wait for an update from the dev team for the real answer. For now, though, this'll be the basic gist of what's going on (rather than why).

In fact the dev team have just spoken - here

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    Nice! – Arjan Apr 20 '11 at 21:10
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    Nicer! – Arjan Apr 20 '11 at 21:14
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    that makes sense. I had "N/A" as my location before, so it's amusing to see the algorithm match "N/A" with "Andøy, Norway". – LittleBobbyTables - Au Revoir Apr 20 '11 at 22:51
  • @Little: Wonderful! I can almost see why it mapped it that way, but it's hilarious. – Donal Fellows Apr 26 '11 at 21:08

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