You and I agree that it's undesirable behavior. Be sure to add your constructive opinion to that topic in the official Adobe feedback forum. Product developers do read everything posted there and sometimes engage, but they rarely participate here (a user-to-user forum).
According to Adobe employee Rikk Flohr, Adobe never intended that crops and local corrections could be copied to images with different orientations. Thus, since LR is working as intended, that topic gets designated as "Idea" (feature request) rather than "Problem" (bug). But don't get hung up on that designation, which is more about how the developers classify reports internally. Adobe has often said the designation doesn't influence whether they decide to fix/change something, and I believe them -- there are many, many bugs that haven't been fixed, and many, many freature requests that haven't been implemented :-<
(And don't blame Rikk -- he's just the messenger.)
The fix is straightforward -- I've explained it in a couple of posts, and I have demonstrated the fix with my plugin.
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