As we all know WikiTree is having issues with staying true to it's policy of keeping to historical names (i.e. Nieuw Amsterdam up to the moment that the city was renamed New York - just one of the countless), and the autofilling of place names on the creation or editing of profiles. A source such as Family Search will give the (birth) place the location of the repository and [modern day] province, whilst the actual location would be an old general administrative district such as Tulbagh, some 200 miles away. So when WikiTreers create new profiles, WikiTree automatically will select "Cape Town, South Africa".
One issue with this is that as far as I know the first mention of this place was a 125/135 years after it's founding as a settlement. Until around 1785 it was known by a variation of names including Caep de Goede Hoop, the name now agreed on in our Dutch Cape Colony (1652-1806) project.
When the actual birth place is before that date then (but also until the British 'officially' annexed the former Dutch colony and renamed the town Cape Town) de Caep de Goede Hoop, we have entered the following in the place name fields: de Caep de Goede Hoop (Cape Town), Dutch Cape Colony
We are phasing out the use of square brackets in location name fields, because they create data base errors. What is the policy on round brackets such as ( )? And if the use of round brackets is a problem too, what is the solution to the correct naming of historical place names in the data field? (I'm really only considering answers or suggestions of place data fields; any suggestions of explanation of the historical context of location names in tens of thousands of biographies will be disregarded - my concern is with the data fields themselves).
That is where we are having issues.