I would think that more of a bug, personally, and you should definitely report it as such. Never attribute to malice what can be chalked up to a simple error or glitch in the code.
Maybe you should consider that when you read other people's posts.
And yes, it has been reported. I've reported it as a bug about a week ago and added to my ticket yesterday because of this. Perhaps you should consider all of what's being said before you post.
Also, I think that this is something that most would overlook. If you don't read what your bridge officers say at the beginning of the mission, you wouldn't notice that the mission completely changes when you beam down/approach the planet/etc.