Dear Walter, please give the development team the feedback that this is an absolutely terrible and nonsensical change to what used to be one of Dropbox's most useful features. In a mix of restored and unrestored files, there is now no obvious way of telling which is actually the most recent version. I can only assume that this change is an unintended consequence of some other change they were making with another purpose, as I cannot imagine how anyone would think that this modification represented an improvement on the old behaviour and make it by design. Thank you. @Walter wrote: Hey there @Y2B, thanks for writing in and welcome to our Community! As you've figured out, we recently made a change to how a file's metadata is retained when a file is copied/moved or restored. We will no longer keep the original metadata of a file if a copy of the file was made, instead the file will have the metadata show the date the copy was made as the last date modified. This will only occur when creating a copy via the Dropbox website. I understand that this may not be ideal to your current workflow and I'm here for you should you like to share any comments or feedback about this change. Just let me know here and I'll make sure your words reach our dev team for their consideration. Thanks!
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I'm so glad someone else has noticed this change and agrees that it is terrible. I first noticed it in January of this year and reported it to Support. Their initial reaction was to claim that nothing had changed and that the product had always behaved like this, until I managed to convince them using log data that previous files had been successfully restored to show their original date, whereas now it was showing the restoration date. Finally someone from the "Restoration Team" came back and admitted they had changed the product, and despite me begging, could not change it back.
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