I have re-used a single geometry layer and joined it with a lot of tables for regional maps of different variables. Now, I suddenly have an issue with labels for one of the polygons.The issue is apparent on layers saved in different locations, with different names and file types. And that are not re-used across QGIS projects. So essentially the layers (20+) that were not manipulated, re-used or interacted with in any way lost the labels for one particular polygon.
The issue randomly appeared, as I did the maps using one of the layers just a couple of hours before and labels rendered without any issues (I have the pdf - just can't share it due to privacy of the data). Now they are only rendered if you zoom in to the extent >1:250000 (see images). I have checked label rendering at different scales, it is disabled. The issue appears even if I load a month-old layer into an empty project and label using any of the columns.
I also don't have this issue if I open any of the layers in QGIS 2 (label renders). I have tried re-booting my system, loading any of the layers into an empty project, disabled all non-core plugins - nothing changes. The most bizarre/ludicrous thing is that even layers that were not touched for over a month now do not render the label for this one polygon in an empty project (they most definitely did in the past - I still have the pdfs). So is there some kind of "memory" in QGIS that remembers the geometry and translates it into use/processing of the layer that I can reset? I'm beyond certain that it's not an issue with the data for reasons mentioned above (different file types, file locations, layers not being re-used from one project to another).