I just came across something I've not noticed before.

A question asked on July 28 (nine days ago as of now) has three active votes to "close as duplicate."

Does time lapse of the sun damage the auto-focus sensors or components of a DSLR?

Yet the auto-generated comments that indicate which questions were suggested as duplicates are nowhere to be found.

Does anyone know why those comments are not appearing?

Were they deleted manually by a mod?
Were they automatically deleted by a new system routine that is part of the recent updates that have been rolled out?

Note: Since one of those "close as duplicate of..." votes was mine, I can already affirm that at least one of those comments, auto-generated as a comment with my username, was not deleted by the user who voted to "close as duplicate."


Looks like the first user to vote to close later deleted the autogenerated comment which was made on his behalf, so I guess he is allowed to delete it like any other comment. Probably not ideal if 2 others voted to close with the same suggested alternate.

I'd guess existing behavior.

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    Thanks for doing the research!
    – Michael C
    Aug 6 '18 at 4:54
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    I can confirm that the autogenerated comment can be edited or deleted by the user who owns it, because I've done both with autogenerated comments in my name on other stacks - although I did it to replace the comment with a more helpful one. Aug 6 '18 at 14:37

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