Instead of incorporating workarounds or re-instituting a "bug that is useful", how about PTC making this a little more intuitive by enhancing the software to allow the BOM balloons to be shown in a view that uses a simplified rep (i.e. fix the issue properly). A workaround is supposed to be temporary until the problem gets resolved correctly. Similar to using a flashlight to find your way around when the power goes out. With the amount of money being thrown around in the CAD industry by multi billion dollar corporate investments, I am baffled by the number of fundamental shortcomings with these tools that never get resolved the right way.