Today I noticed to my astonishment that my location was changed from Willemstad, Curaçao to Willemstad, Netherlands Antilles without any intervention. I've changed it back on SO, but I've kept it as is here on MSO. When I changed it on SO, it incorrectly asked me if I meant for it to be Netherlands Antilles:

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The Netherlands Antilles have been dissolved since 10-10-10. The country does not exist anymore. The geographical locations that comprised it are now Curaçao (CW), St. Maarten (SX) and BES— Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba (BQ).

Please update your country database. An up-to-date ISO 3166 table can be found here. Its legend says, for Netherlands Antilles:

Code element deleted from ISO 3166-1; stop using ASAP

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    I think you should report this on yahoo api site.
    – YOU
    May 6, 2011 at 2:14
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    For another example of this, see: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/28080/… May 6, 2011 at 12:36
  • It's not actually St. Maartan, according to ISO-3166-1 Newsletter VI-8 it's Sint Maartan (Dutch Part) :-) Mar 3, 2012 at 22:45
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    The title sounds like you're complaining about the dissolution of the country, rather than the form supplying outdated information! Mar 8, 2012 at 22:23
  • @AndrewGrimm I think that was a trick to draw attention, well, I ignored it. Mar 8, 2012 at 22:35
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    @Andrew: In real, it is the other way round. Gert: How is it possible that you posted a comment in an ignored question?
    – user138231
    Mar 8, 2012 at 22:54
  • @Chichiray - hahah, that's humour! Mar 8, 2012 at 23:07

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This is the response we get from the Yahoo PlaceFinder API, so from our side it's , however it is certainly info that needs updating in their API.

To resolve this you'll need to ask on the Yahoo PlaceFinder forums.


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