Photoshop: Color sampler tool should ignore layer masks, by default

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I can appreciate that one may occasionally need to sample the exact gray value of one point in a layer mask, but I can't imagine it comes up very often.

What does happen very often, to me, is that I'll try to sample a composite pixel value, then realize an adjustment layer's mask is selected, resulting in a white or black sample. That's just a small annoyance. Worse is when I'm trying to select a new target midtone (or white, or black point) in Curves etc., and I have to back out of the dialog, because Photoshop has once again assumed that I must want to sample the blank mask of the adjustment layer.

It sounds like a mere nuisance, but it adds up, when you spend most of the day masking and color matching. If the default behavior was to ignore layer masks and sample composite pixels (holding down shift+alt if you really need to sample the mask), my ride would be a lot smoother.

Bonus points for adding a "do not show this dialog again" to "Save the new target colors as defaults?", or get rid of it entirely, although I can imagine that that could cause problems for others.
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Okay, so I'm the only one who thinks this is a bloody nuisance. Well, even if I'm talking to myself, I'd like to add that I do this to myself all the time in the Blending Options dialog. Makes me nuts. I never ever ever want to sample the color of an empty layer mask. I never will.