This is so weird..
I have an existing template and i created a new field with checkbox property. i set it "Shared" and seletected the default value as "Selected"
The weird thing is
when i go to my existing items and see the value
the english version doesnt have the default value where as the French version has it. Keep in mind this is a Newly created field. so it has not been modified by me. there are 100s of such components and all of them behave the same way..
looks like a sitecore bug - but can some one verify?