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A few vague keywords that are ready to be merged and/or blocked (trump, roosevelt, washington, vancouver)

@Michelle 

I have "audited" the following four vague keywords, and they are now ready to to be merged and/or blocked. Each of these keywords are slightly different, so I will explain them one by one.

1. trump

a. merge trump --> reference-to-donald-trump  

b. block trump

The "trump" keyword is vague because it isn't clear that it even referring to a person, let alone which person named Trump. But after some auditing, I can confirm that all the remaining titles with the "trump" keyword involve Donald Trump. Accordingly, this keyword should first be merged in favor of "reference-to-donald-trump," and then the "trump" keyword should be permanently blocked as too vague.

2. block roosevelt  

The "roosevelt" keyword is vague because it isn't clear whether it refers to Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt, or some other Roosevelt. I have audited this keyword down to zero titles. It is ready to be blocked as too vague.

3. block washington

The "washington" keyword is extremely vague. I was able to audit this one and found that it was used in lieu of multiple other keywords, including "george-washington," "united-states-of-america," "washington-d.c.," "washington-state," and "washington-post" (when used in conjunction with "post").  Now that I have audited the "washington" keyword down to zero titles, it is ready to be blocked as too vague.

4. vancouver 

a. merge vancouver  -->  vancouver-british-columbia-canada 

b. block vancouver

c. merge and auto-convert vancouver-canada -->  vancouver-british-columbia  -->  vancouver-british-columbia-canada 

The "vancouver" keyword is vague because it is not clear whether it refers to "vancouver-british-columbia-canada," "vancouver-washington," or "reference-to-captain-george-vancouver." I audited the "vancouver" keyword and found one or two titles where "vancouver-washington" was intended, and I have made those edits. All remaining instances of the "vancouver" keyword are intended to refer to Vancouver, B.C., so the "vancouver" keyword should first be merged in favor of "vancouver-british-columbia-canada" and then "vancouver" should be permanently blocked as too vague. After that, the keywords "vancouver-canada" and "vancouver-british-columbia" should be merged and set up for auto-conversion in favor of "vancouver-british-columbia-canada."

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Hi keyword_expert -

These keywords updates have now been applied.  Cheers!

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Thank you, @Michelle​!

I can't tell whether step 4.c in my outline (merging vancouver-canada and  vancouver-british-columbia  into  vancouver-british-columbia-canada) has been completed yet. The numbers of titles for these two keywords has gone down by 40% to 50%, but there are still quite a few titles with these keywords. This could just be a lag in the database results, or it might indicate that the mergers were not completed.

That's okay, though -- I will just add these to my list of geographic keywords for future mergers, and will check them again later. If they do need future attention, I will include them in a future list. 

Thanks again!