Photoshop CS6 "Ask When Pasting" not working when bring a file over that is in a different color mode?

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I posted this on the Adobe Photoshop Forum, but maybe this is a better place. I'm pretty sure that this is a bug. I have "Ask When Pasting" checked in Color Settings, however, Photoshop is only giving a warning when both files are in the same color mode. This is not how all previous versions of Photoshop worked!

I just had to rebuild a document because the base image was an FPO in sRGB that I forgot to convert to my CMYK space. Usually I would be asked if I want to convert when I drag a new layer over and this would help me catch my mistake.

I tried resetting the dialog by going to Prefences>General>Reset all warning dialogs, which didn't fix it. Howerver, I'm not sure that the reset in Gereral Preferences also affects the Color Settings preferences.

I also tried closing PS and throwing out Color Settings.csf from my User Preferences. This didn't fix it either. I've never had Color Settings go bad, so I'm not 100% sure this is the right file to remove.

Can anyone confirm that they are seeing this behavior with their copy of CS6? I first saw this when my base document was in sRGB and the layer I dragged over was in "Web Coated SWOP 2006 Grade 3 Paper". I just tried it in the opposite direction with the same results. Dragging a layer to/from LAB to either RGB or CMYK does not give a warning either.

Photoshop CS6 Extended, Version 13.0 x64. Mac OS10.7.4. 17" MacBook Pro 2.5 GHz Quad Core i7, 16GB ram.

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Sorry, my bad. I just tested in CS3 and it has the same behavior. I guess I never thought about how weird this is. I get a warning going from CMYK 16 bit to RGB 8 bit, etc., but not between all profiles? Since when is 16 bit more of a profile than an embedded profile?

I guess this is just a long standing behavior that as far as I can see is inconsistent and bad. I can't think of any reason this shouldn't be changed to be consistent.
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Yes, that is how it has worked for many years.

If the modes are different, the color has to be converted - there is no other option, so a prompt would be pointless. A warning might make some sense, but I suspect most people would turn it off the first time they encountered it.
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Thanks for replying, Chris.

I thought that turning off "ask when pasting" was for getting rid of this dialog.

It only affects users who drag layers from one document to another, so it probably only affects a small (but still sizable) fraction of photoshop users.

If one of the points is to prevent users from doing unintentional harm (like dragging a 16 bit layer to an 8 bit file), then I think an unintentional conversion between RGB and CMYK is much more likely to cause unintended harm.