I have developed an issue that seams to be occuring randomly where Blender will behave in one of 2 ways when linking to a resource in another blender file. This has occured with some materials and with meshes.
Behavior 1 (preferred); The selected resource is linked as an orphaned resource ready to be used. In the case of a mesh, this is just the mesh by itself. In the case of a material, its the material, its texture and image.
Behavior 2 (irritating); The selected resource is linked and an object is created in the scene along with the resource mimicking the used object form the source file. This object is completely hard-locked, it can not be altered, changed, manipulated in any way, shape or form. Creating a junk object that interferes with the scene I’m working with.
Note, in all cases, I am NOT linking to an object at all. One is just being arbitrarily linked to in the 2nd behavior. This is new behavior as well.
I do not know what is causing the difference in behaviors. Is it a file preference? and object setting? material setting? alignment of the extra planetary bodies of the universe? the time of day? what?
All I know is sometimes behavior 1 occurs and everything works fine, and sometimes behavior 2 occurs and I have issues.