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Adding context to structured data issues in Search Console  |  Google Search Central Blog  |  Google Developers

Monday, March 28, 2022

To help you identify structured data issues more effectively, starting tomorrow Search Console is adding more context to its error reporting.

For example, if a website doesn’t provide the name of the author in Review snippet
markup, Search Console currently reports an error named Missing field “name”. Starting today, that error will be named
Missing field “name” (in “author”). The more detailed context in parenthesis can help you find the issues more easily in your structured data.

This change will impact all Search Console rich result status reports,
the Search Console URL inspection tool and
Rich Results Testeven if you haven’t changed your structured data markup:

  • All your open issues that refer to nested properties will be automatically closed (for example, the Missing field "name" issue
    in the example above).
  • You’ll see new open issues with more context about what’s missing (for example, the issue will say Missing field "name" (in "author").
    To avoid overloading Search Console users with emails, we won’t send notifications on the creation of these new issues.

Please note that if you requested Search Console to validate a fix before the change, you will need to revalidate the new issues.

In summary, this is simply a change in the issue name, it will not affect how Search Console detects errors, and all the issues that are being closed
will be replaced by a new issue with the additional context in the issue name.

If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out on the Google
Search Central Community
or on Twitter.

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