Photoshop: Why doesn't gradient overlay make the layer transparent?

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Layer effects behave as if gradient layers are always a solid fill, even when the gradient has transparent stops in it.

Try this: create a rectangle and give it a gradient fill with a transparent stop (it should fade from solid to transparent). Now, add a layer effect to the layer. The layer effect is applied to the entire rectangle as if the rectangle has a solid fill. It is not respecting the transparency in the gradient.
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It is not a gradient fill - it is a gradient overlay, over the top of whatever fill is already on the layer (and whatever other styles/effects are already present). Wherever the gradient is transparent, the existing layer color will show through.

It is behaving exactly as it should.