writer1865 wrote:I am 100% positive I did not accidentally drag the .scrivx file to my desktop. All I did was put a shortcut there.
I did not check the extension of the shortcut because it vanished when Scrivener did its weird thing. It's done this twice to me on two different computers. I've been using Scrivener for several years now on various projects, and only in the last month have I encountered this bug.
Yup, this is a weird one. Sounds like Scrivener is mistaking your shortcut for a .scrivx file, or Windows is doing something to fool Scrivener into doing so. Scrivener then assumes the folder containing the scrivx file is a Scrivener project folder, and chaos ensues, as Scrivener does all the things it thinks it should be doing to make your project folder valid and ready for work.
I've been using the Scriv Beta exclusively now for a couple of months, but when I was using Win Scriv 1.9, on Windows 7, I had been using shortcuts as well, and never experienced an issue like this. What I do differently than you is my shortcuts were always in Favorites, and I created them by modifying the properties of an existing shortcut to point to the .scrivx file--not by drag & drop. But that shouldn't make the slightest difference. What you're doing should work.
writer1865 wrote:Even if I had accidentally dragged the project to the desktop, it should in theory still leave the Snapshot, Settings, etc., folders still my Documents. Also, when the project backed up, it should only have backed up what I typed into the Scrivener project or what I imported. Scrivener should not have grabbed everything on my desktop and backed that up, too. I have placed Scrivener projects directly on my desktop before, and run them on my desktop, and they have never done this.
Actually, once you take into account that Scrivener thinks your Desktop folder is a project folder, these actions make sense. Scrivener adds Snapshots, Settings, etc. to Desktop to make it a valid project folder. And when Scrivener backs up your shiny new Desktop project folder, it backups up *everything* in the project folder, just like it would do with any project folder. Backup is just a copy of your project folder, with an optional zip.
Sorry, but I have nothing useful to suggest as a workaround for this.
Although now that I think of it, one final question. How did you create the shortcut. Was it by using Copy and then Paste Shortcut? Is it possible you Pasted it instead of Paste Shortcut? That would be another way this (theoretically) could have happened, without assuming a bug.