psnarula wrote:This morning I updated my address in MLS to remove the APO mailing address that had been populating the "Street 2" field. ...
Unfortunately, the map says I have an "Unverified location" and then it tries to map a location in Columbia, Missouri (which has US zip code 65205).
Evidently the map data is completely ignoring the country field in MLS that would tell it my address is in Germany instead of Missouri. *sigh*
AFAIK, the beta maps geocoding does not yet reflect any address changes that are made in MLS, even though the updated addresses are displayed as text. So I suspect the geocoding was done in earlier batch-processing of you address before it was edited. So that part of what you are seeing is probably a timing issue.
The original geocoding process almost surely knew that it was unable to resolve your street address and was defaulting the the 65205 zip code centroid of your old malformed address. That status was very likely captured internally. (BTW, I also suspect that the same thing occurred with out unit's data.)
One of my observations about the data is that the beta application is that ward clerks should certainly be informed about the internal quality status. I also think that when the quality level is this low, that very approximate point should not be plotted at all. Rather, this household should be among those coded as an "Unmapped location." IMHO, the minimum level of quality that should be plotted is an interpolated street-segment address. Zip-centroids, city centroid or even whole street centroids just provide a false sense of completeness, and points get plotted in grossly wrong locations.
As for the "Unverified location" status, that applies to all addresses plotted on the map until the ward clerk expressly clicks to verify them, which in most cases will also involve moving the marker visually in a drag-and-drop operation. (Almost all our addresses are "unverified" because we have not yet done this step.) Every address for every unit, after the initial geocoding, starts with a status of either "Unverified location" or "Unmapped location."