> This is definately not a bug.
> Gimp does all these things correctly. It is aimed at a competant user  
> base, it does not try to be a beginner's guide using different formats.

It is true that GIMP provides correct functionality for export/save.
The corresponding user interface however must allow the user to form habits.

It wouldn't be an urgent problem even if five confirmation steps were required
for writing a simple file format. Users form a habit out of it.

The problem begins when these steps become unpredictable. Suddenly,
the user's habits are considered wrong (this is why users are so upset).
The problem gets serious when this may lead to data loss [1].

This is not talking GIMP into an educational tool for beginners.
Habits are an inevitable part of human nature. In fact, they are the workhorse
of advanced users. If users are not allowed to form secure habits it is
a serious bug in the user interface.


[1] Alexia gave an example:

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