Folders that act like Smart Objects

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I think it would be a cool Idea to have a folder that acts like a -> SMART OBJECT.
Just call it "Smart Folder" :)
So everything inside this folder is treated like a smart object.
If you transform the folder, apply FX to it, whatever you would do to a smart object, you can do to this folder but without modifying it's contents!
So a folder has it's own FX - like Gaussian Blur, and also it's transformations like rotation, skew, or even 3D.
And to add some cherry on top: Add a "reset transform"-Button ;)
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I suspect you effectively mean what others have called »inline editing« (or by other terms) for Smart Objects – you want to be able to edit all Layers that reside within a Smart Object immediately inside the containing document. 
If so then it has been explained repeatedly why this does not seem reasonable for the time being for reasons of performance and in principal. 
https://feedback.photoshop.com/photoshop_family/topics/inline_smart_object_editting
https://feedback.photoshop.com/photoshop_family/topics/unpacking_the_smart_object
https://feedback.photoshop.com/photoshop_family/topics/make_smart_layers_smarter

Your example would at least rule out the issues of different Color Modes, Color Spaces, Bit Depths, resolutions and multiple instances but the issue of how transformations and applied Filters  interact still applies, I think. 
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Yes, I also stubled upon the "inline editing" and thought that this was a good idea.
I don't know if we already had folders before smart objects got invented, but having smart folders could make the classic Smart Object almost obsolete.
They're still vector smart objects and linked objects. Linked objects would really benefit from an inline editing capability, because they're not part of the document itself.
Having a smart-folder would be a much more transparent approach opposed to having a PSB document embedded in the PSD, like it's the case right now. This is what makes an "inline-editing" especially tricky. You would extract the contents of the embedded PSB and snap it into the current view and after editing you had to save it back. That's a lot of organizing to do.
If everything was just organized by smart-folders, and not via embedded documents, it could be easier to realize such a feature - from the viewpoint of an Adobe developer.