Re: UX Designer?
similar dumbness in the UK when County is a mandatory postal address field
We have three main problems with dumb forms, and the county is two of them. There has been no such county as "Mid Glamorgan" since 1996 or so, which probably predates most of these databases, yet some of them insist on adding "Mid Glamorgan" once you enter the postcode.
Our own postal town also gives its name to the new Unitary Authority (the administrative areas which replaced counties in 1996) and since many forms insist on both "town" and "county" you have to fill the same thing in twice. I've mentioned this here before, but many years ago, when auto-fill address databases were just becoming a thing, one form I had to fill in didn't have our address at all, so I put the English spelling for the town and the Welsh spelling for the county (either is acceptable by the way) and to this day I occasionally come across an auto-fill form which auto fills with those two spellings.
A slightly unrelated problem we have is that our house doesn't exist, according to at least one database. We made the mistake of de-registering the address while we were rebuilding. It saved us 18 months or so of Council Tax* but within 6 months the address had disappeared from databases. We re-registered the property nearly two years ago now, yet at least one database still only knows about numbers 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 in the street! Fortunately it still allows you to enter the address manually.
*warning for anyone else considering this, well in Wales anyway. Upon re-registering the property is re-valued, in much the same way as would happen on sale (I gather this doesn't happen in the same way in England) and we were bumped up a band because we added a bedroom. If we had been able to continue paying Council Tax for the 24 months we were out of the property** it would not have been re-valued and we would still be paying the old rate. It'll take a few years, but in time we will have paid more because of the higher banding than we saved by not paying for 18 months :-(
**you can get a 6-month Council Tax "holiday" under this sort of circumstance, which is probably enough for many renovation jobs, but ours turned into a bit of a long-winded affair for reasons people are getting bored with hearing me explain by now :-)