Lightroom Classic CC Catalog flags disappeared after export process.

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I keep separate catalog for each photo shoot. This was a very large collection, more than 4,000 images. After culling and processing, I had about 2,000 images marked as "rejected," leaving 2,034 images marked as "flagged" or "unflagged." After deleting all the rejected images from the collection and the hard drive, I still had 2,034 images remaining. Of those images, 1,269 were marked as "flagged," while the remaining were "unflagged." After filtering all the flagged images for export as jpeg images, I started the export process. The export worked fine, but all the "flagged" images were now marked as "unflagged." It could have been worse, everything else in the catalog looks fine, and all the raw files are still there, but now I have to remark 1,269 images, something I am not looking forward to!
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Oh boy, sorry to hear that Steven. I'm not entirely clear on how that could have happened, except for an accidental keypress.

There might be ways and means of speeding up redoing it using a plug-in. A couple spring to mind - if you were to import to exported JPEGs and assign them a flag, the syncomatic plug-in could then sync the flag to the matching raw file. Or LR/Transporter can create a text list of the JPEGs and then mark the raw files based on capture time or filename.
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Those are interesting ideas Victoria. I will look into them.
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I just want to interject something here, and I'm not saying it is the reason but something to check for if it's the case of accidental keypress, too. Sometime this month, I looked at my catalogue in grid view and thought the same had happened. My catalogue had quite a bit more in it and I was thinking, where are all the flags but in my haste, I didn't realise that I accidentally pressed something and changed the view of the cells, which then hid the flag status. To see if this is the case, go to grid view, right click on any image, then at the bottom, there's an option - "view options". At the top of the box that appears, see if "Show Grid Extras" is selected and select it if it isn't. If this isn't the case and you had in fact unflagged your images by accident, there's also another handy plugin to add to Victoria's list. It's called Photo List Importer. Providing that you haven't renamed your photos on export, this plugin lets you import the file names and it then matches it with the existing files in LR and puts those images in a collection. It doesn't actually import the jpegs, just the file names of those jpegs. Hope you manage to get it sorted. 
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Well, I did think about an accidental key press, but I've never experienced something like losing flags before. I am  not sure if there is a key command to flag/un-flag all selected images. I will have to look into that. Since the move to LR CC Classic I've experienced so many buggy situations, I would not be surprised if there was a software bug that caused it. Still, I am not so foolish to think that I have never caused a problem myself by an inadvertent keystroke.
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It certainly could be a bug. I just would have expected more reports by now. The unflag shortcut is the U key, so easily tapped by accident if the photos are already all selected. If it ever happens again, undo might be worth a shot, whether it's a bug or accidental finger slip.