Lightroom 5 Library deletes all photos because of misdirection

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This bug is a misdirection by Lightroom where the user thinks that they have selected an individual photo for deletion but because of the shading difference (between select all and select individual photo) in fact, they have still selected all photos.

Ctrl-A in Lightroom Library grid view and all the photos in the grid view are selected and highlighted.
then click on an individual picture in the grid view and it is highlighted.
then click DEL on the keyboard, Lightroom goes ahead and deletes/removes all the photos depending on option selected.
Bug = Lightroom should deselect all photos if an individual photo is selected from the grid - even if previously the whole grid has been selected to avoid accidental deletion of all photos.
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No, that's not a bug as I think you're misunderstanding the Lightroom selection protocols. Basically Lightroom has three levels of selection: unselected, selected, and "most selected" (which would be the source image should you wish to synchronise settings across all the selected images). When you have a series of images selected, e.g. by the Ctrl-A command, one of those images automatically will be the "most-selected" image (the frame will be the lightest shade of grey).
Clicking on a different image within the selected group will make that image the "most-selected", though all the other selected images will remain selected. If you wish to deselect all the others, you need to click on the frame of your target image, not the image itself. That is how the selection protocol has been designed.

I'd also add that if you do press the Del key while you still have a bunch of images inadvertently selected, Lightroom will clearly tell you that you have more than one image selected in the delete Confirm dialog box.
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Why do people these days start of by appending their comments with 'Basically', like huh, it's going to be hard to explain to someone simple but I'm going to give it a try.
Basically then, don't you think that that operation sequence, the visual aspect and the pop-up is a bit confusing and likely to lead to a mistake when someone is busy? - I do.
Users do what users do and the idea when your creating software is to understand the users story i.e., how they work and interface with your software. For instance, the pop-up message is exactly the same as is used for deleting a single photo, apart from having a couple of words added showing the number of pictures to be deleted. Why not simply show a warning flag of some sort - change the border colour from drab grey to radiant red?
If your user is busy doing lots of stuff they will not stop to read every pop-up sentence, paragraph or monologue - you're supposed to make the software user friendly.
In my experience of working with software. If you can do something as a user that is wrong - unintentionally through confusion, then it's a bug.
So fix it.
I don't need attitude either..