I don't know whether to submit this as a bug or not, but should Idea be monitoring and synchronizing files in directores that are marked as "Excluded"? I had just assumed that by marking these folders as "Excluded" I was essentially removing them from Idea's control and view completely, however this isn't the case.
Some of the diretories that I have marked for exclusion contains thousands of files (which is one reason why I excluded them). The fact that Idea is activly monitoring these directories for changes may be one reason why I've been so frustrated with all of the oddities surrounding the events which occur when Idea grabs focus.
Anyway, is this a bug or a feature?