Why did FamilySearch stop using standard places?
@Scott Lawrence Robinson
This would have been better as a new question.
In what way has it stopped? The use of standardised place names still works for me.
Unless you are referring to the half hour I had a couple of days ago when the drop down menu for place names stopped working, which has since fixed itself, the use of standardized places has not changed at all. FamilySearch has not stopped using them. People do continue to misunderstand standardized places and misuse them, but that is a different problem.
Are you by any chance referring to the recent change in the Places database in which they decided that including "Territory" in a place name was not really needed? This is similar to the view that County is not needed in US county names. Along with dropping Territory, they also merged territories with the corresponding state so that one standardized name covers both. This has not been met with much enthusiasm, (See https://community.familysearch.org/en/discussion/123608/please-reverse-the-recent-action-that-means-there-is-no-separation-of-u-s-states-and-territories#latest and https://community.familysearch.org/en/discussion/124534/why-are-us-territories-missing#latest )
This is not a change in how to use standardized place names at all, just what is in the standards database. You can still enter Territory as part of the place name and standardize the place name correctly without any difficulty when it is appropriate to do so.