For the original report and some context, see https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/T335240
If it is not a bug, the question would be how to best work around the default behaviour of comboboxes which lets you select an option and submit a value, but confusingly, without displaying the relevant label to users. (By 'label' I don't mean the html element that may be associated with an input).
The common approach for option elements is to have the value/data assigned to the attribute 'value' and the label to the content of the element, but in OOUI, the accepted values go to an input in which you can type new things. Of course, inputs don't support that sort of separation of values and labels. Frameworks tend to solve this by introducing some kind of interaction with additional hidden elements, but I haven't been able to find out if OOUI has ever addressed this situation.
Maybe there are best practices I'm not aware of, or someone else has already cracked it!