I have a dropdown list (styled like one you'd find in an online form) that changes a user's status. This dropdown list is part of a row in a table of users; each row is one user and each user has two dropdown lists and a few action buttons associated with them.
My boss would like to move one of the action buttons (which removes users) into a dropdown list, but the problem is that this action requires a confirmation popup.
Intuitively, the idea of having a disruptive event like a popup be triggered on clicking an item in the dropdown list seems like a bad idea to me, especially since the rest of the options in the dropdown don't trigger any such events. Clicking on this one item will now close the dropdown list, select the item, and generate a popup on an overlay that darkens the page. When you finish with the popup and get back to the page, the dropdown list is closed and there is no indicator of where you were in the table.
Rather than trusting my intuition, I'm wondering if there's any research on whether this is good UX in general, or failing that, any examples of widely used sites that use this sort of convention? Is there a better flow?