That's what a symbol is a link to an original. It is not an independent copy unless you break the link to the symbol.
So if you want them to be independent objects or art after you plc the instance break the link there is an icon at the bottom of the symbols panel for this purpose.
You can double click a symbol instance with the selection tool nd it will allow you to edit the symbols content but once you leave isolation mode all the symbols will change.
The way the alignment work is correct behavior as far as I can see.
Wade, I've been at this game for over two decades.
I fully understand what a symbol is and what an instance is.
My concern is not that the objects are not independently editable entities, but rather, that their contents don't interact with other objects.
As far as I'm concerned, any path or node that can bee SEEN — that I
know is there — should be snap-able, regardless of wheter or not it can be EDITED. The fact that it's inside of a logical construct called an "instance" is irrelevant.
If you know what they are then you know how they behave and if you are making a feature request yu will probably do better posting in the Feature Request forum.
I would think!
You make a good point— I will submit a feature request.