I recently found out, with drastic consequences, that when deploying custom objects if we miss out some tags like then salesforce automatically assumes
in the target orgs(where we intended reporting to be enabled). Thus this missing tag made salesforce automatically assume that reporting needs to be turned off. Personally, I find this STUPID especially when they boast of the constructive changes only principle and stuff. May be I am not seeing the bigger picture due to my lack of knowledge, the forgive my previous comment.
So, fellow developers, are there other tags/properties in salesforce metadata api that behave likewise - makes salesforce automatically assume some unintended value. Just learned that 'enableReports' need to be explicitly specified in the object xml . Are there any other tags in object xml or any other metadata type that behaves similarly. Please do share your knowledge if you have come across a similar experience. Thanks in advance.