1. I didn't want the original images to be moved; is this from some setting I overlooked or is it a bug?
2. Once I discovered this issue, I moved the files (within Lightroom) back to their original folders. Will they stay there now?
3. How can I prevent this from happening again. For what it's worth, I have now turned off auto-uploading from my phone and iPad if it makes a difference.
Exactly where did you think the photos should be... and where do you think they are now? Let's be specific about folder locations in the Folders panel, since the All Synced Photos collection in the Catalog panel is just a collection and doesn't affect their hard drive location.
I am certain that when I checked some of the folders (not the collection folders, but the catalog folders) some files I originally imported there were not there, but were in the folder to which mobile uploads had been directed to. But I haven't moved all files out of that folder yet, so I will double check catalog folders to see if this is all a big false alarm. Thanks for being patient.
One more thing, maybe a clue. I noted a few days ago (before I found this problem) that LR Mobile on my iPad showed it was uploading a whole bunch of photos. I'm not sure when it started, when I noticed it, it said it was in the process of uploading about 800 photos. Since I came in the middle, I'm not sure what the full amount was. I have more than that in my collections, but much fewer in terms of photos actually taken with the iPad since I rarely use its camera. Perhaps LR Mobile was uploading--for some reason--all of my collections and once it did that, LR on desktop put the originals in the folder where uploads go and moved them from the original catalog folders?
And some galleries are now showing 0 when I didn't take them out of LIGHTROOM
I am confused because I am not sure if I am using LIGHTROOM CLASSIC or LIGHTROOM CC
IT says CC I can't find CLASSIC anywhere not even on the coke can!
So this LIGHTROOM conundrum is very perplexing.
Does anyone have any insight about LIGHTROOM CC - LIGHTROOM MOBILE SYNC COLLECTIONS and what if you change the folder of the original file to a different name?
I was looking for a SYNCRONIZE right click in the LIGHTROOM MOBILE AREA...and it doesn't have one.....so why are all my GALLERIES going away?
No, not unless you then synchronize the folder (which removes all the photos then marked as missing and adds them as fresh photos).
If you're talking moving folders, you're either using Lightroom Classic 7.0, or Lightroom CC 2015, which is the version that preceded it (that we've been using the last 2 1/2 years). You can double check by going to Help menu > System Info and it'll tell you.
We might need to understand your workflow better to figure out what's going wrong.