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Almost all Portland, Oregon contributors are incorrectly listed as being from Portland, Texas

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a month ago
6 days ago

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(Reporter: Noah, Unassigned)

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a month ago
Found this issue about a month back. Kept forgetting to file it. :)
Something caused ~98% of Portland, Oregon Mozillians to have their states switched to Portland, Texas.
Admittedly this a very minor bug. The affected people could probably change back their correct states after being notified with a mass email. But maybe the change won't stick if there's a deeper bug here. So it might useful to see if other locations were silently changed to the wrong ones. :P

Yousef mentioned there was some work done to the location database not too long ago. So that might be responsible.

Simple solution:
We could auto-update it with a query by looking at both the user's city & timezone. If it's US/Pacific, America/Los_Angeles or America/Vancouver, we change it to Portland, Oregon. If the timezone is blank/empty [some were too lazy to set it], we still change it to Oregon. But if it's US/Eastern, we leave it alone since there are 3 Portlands on the east coast. Pretty much if the timezone is pacific or blank, we change it to Oregon.

Unfortunately there are a bunch of Portlands in the U.S.:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portland#United_States
The good news though is the majority of our community is in Portland, OR. :)

The affected ~149 users are scattered thru here:
https://mozillians.org/en-US/search/?q=portland

Only a few users are from a different Portland (like Portland, Maine):
https://mozillians.org/en-US/u/erin/ [Portland, ME in bottom of bio]
https://mozillians.org/en-US/u/jpolcek/ [US/Eastern timezone]

Comically only 18 users have survived the silent mass location change:
https://mozillians.org/en-US/u/dietrich/
https://mozillians.org/en-US/u/jbryner/
https://mozillians.org/en-US/u/John-Galt/
https://mozillians.org/en-US/u/mbranson/
https://mozillians.org/en-US/u/bgins/
https://mozillians.org/en-US/u/tanya.crenshaw/
https://mozillians.org/en-US/u/jkrejci/ [new hire, Sept. 2016]
https://mozillians.org/en-US/u/just1n/ [new Pocket hire, March 2017]
https://mozillians.org/en-US/u/tnem/
https://mozillians.org/en-US/u/peterspdx/
https://mozillians.org/en-US/u/victoria/
https://mozillians.org/en-US/u/rjung/
https://mozillians.org/en-US/u/Boek/
https://mozillians.org/en-US/u/jdemocker/
https://mozillians.org/en-US/u/dhartnell/
https://mozillians.org/en-US/u/garbados/
https://mozillians.org/en-US/u/kbrosnan/
https://mozillians.org/en-US/u/7022andre/
^ All the people I could find with Portland, Oregon correctly set.
Great catch!
:Noah, thanks for reporting this.

I'd like to take a manual solution:
Send an email to the ~149 users and ask them to verify their location data.

The reason I'd go for this low-tech approach is lack of development energy due to other priorities (IAM, CoSS).

Noah, what do you think about this?
If you agree, we will get that email ready.

-Henrik
Flags: needinfo?(krystaiceman)
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Comment 2

17 days ago
You're welcome, Henrik! :D

Sure, let's do the manual solution. Hopefully they'll be patient with our current login system & login to fix their location. But a few months from now, if there's still a sizable amount of users who haven't updated their location, would it be ok to automate this? Assuming there's free dev time, of course. :)
Flags: needinfo?(krystaiceman)
Created attachment 8910006 [details]
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Hilariously, not only were we changed, but Portland, OR doesn't come up as an option when I tried to change myself back, and Portland, TX is the only option.
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