The actual question of what’s going on was answered here:
but I’d like to see more discussion on this. From that thread it’s clear that the “where were you” text field functions as both a search input and a freeform label of sorts; this seems like either the UI could be more clearly labeled, or a specific “label” field added, such that you could search for a location and then denote something like a colloquial name, something more readable, what have you.
As it stands, you could do something like this:
where the ‘where were you’ field is a valid place name but not the actual place on the map, as a result of pasting in a placename and not hitting enter to make it a search instead of a freeform label.
edit- happy to move this to feature requests if that’s more appropriate