"Export As" changes the dpi to 72, despite the document being set to a different dpi value

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Though "Image Size" indicates the document is set to have a different dpi, once an image is exported via "Export As" it appears to be set to 72 dpi. Not a big deal, and I was able to save the image at the dpi I needed by using the traditional "Save As" method. All the pixels are still there of course, but the file seems to report itself as being 72 dpi. I confirmed by viewing the image in Preview on Mac (under Tools and "Show Inspector" it gives the dpi). When I exported the image from "Export As", Preview interpreted it as 72 dpi—whereas when I saved it using "Save As", Preview reported the intended dpi. Perhaps this occurs intentionally for web-based deployment, but it seemed unintuitive. Photoshop will still be getting a 10/10 rating every time that obnoxious box pops up though!
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> Not a big deal, and I was able to save the image at the dpi I needed by using the traditional "Save As" method.>

Not a big bug, but something more than no big deal. I can't say I like it changing my setting when I haven't requested it. I use artboards to create variations on elements that are going to be used in a composite. The base file is 300 ppi. So when I then drag an element into the composite, it doesn't come in at the size I expect—because PS insists on being print-centric. I can't change that behavior in PS when it suits me, so having it change the ppi is annoying. The element was 300 ppi going in, and now its variation is 72 ppi, which makes it come in again at a different physical size in the document. I have to know what size it ought to be and resize it accordingly, or, as you say, save it once again at the original ppi.  Work harder, not smarter?

And yes, the whole artboards thing was obviously developed with web designers in mind, but I've been using artboards in AI since they were introduced, and I'm still not a web designer. Artboards have all manner of uses besides web design.

Glad you brought it up. It's bothered me before, and I've shrugged a bit too easily, I think, since obviously I'm not the only one affected by it.