Lightroom: Merge retains all metadata except Flag

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When doing Photo Merge > HDR/Panorama, the merged photo retains all the metadata of the most-selected photo (color, caption, keywords, EXIF fields, IPTC fields) except the flags and star rating.  It should also retain the flag and star rating.

Tested on LR 7.1 / OS X 10.13.2.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Lightroom: Ability for merged panos to retain flag data and added to existing sta....

When merging a pano the resulting pano also share the same flags/star ratings as the compiling individual images and if stacked be added to the stack from which originated.

New panos get lost currently and have to change my filter settings each time and restack.

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Merging with appropriate feature request.

Please reference the new conversation here: Stack merged photo
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Lightroom Classic: Automatically Inherit Flags from HDR Constituents and Leave Fl....

I shoot a lot of Real Estate photos. My workflow is to go through my shots and flag the images I plan on using. Some are bracketed images I plan to merge to HDR in LR, some not. Let's say I select 3 images to merge to HDR. After it is done processing the HDR LR reverts to show all images..not just the flagged images I was viewing before. So every time I process an HDR file I need to go back to the filter and select "flagged" again. It seems to me if you flagged 4 images to create an HDR the finished HDR should automatically be flagged as well or at least the option to do that. In my case I would like it to un-flag my bracketed shots after I start the HDR processing and add a flag to the new HDR file, but maybe that does not fit all workflows.
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To stop the filter from getting reset, make sure File > Library Filters > Lock Filters is checked.  (Alternatively, click the lock icon on the right end of the Library Filter bar.)

See here for a description of Lock Filters: https://helpx.adobe.com/lightroom/help/browse-compare-photos.html

Given Adobe's very low rate of fixing bugs in Library over the years and their communicated intention of focusing on Develop and performance going forward, it's unlikely this will be fixed any time soon.  As a workaround, you might consider using colors instead flags.
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Thanks John. I will look into this. I appreciate it..
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Hi John,

I am seeing the flag value not getting retained but star rating is retained. 

Thanks,
Smit Keniya
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Yes, that's what I now see too.

Another bug caused me to think the star rating wasn't retained: In Library, when you select multiple photos with different star ratings, the Metadata panel shows 0 stars rather than "< mixed >": 
https://feedback.photoshop.com/photoshop_family/topics/lightroom-metadata-panel-shows-0-stars-rather...