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I believe this happens under the following conditions:

  • Vote to close as a duplicate
  • There was an existing "possible duplicate of" auto-comment for the same target question as I voted

The voting controls on at least the auto-comment* are gone after clicking through the "this question needs n more votes ..." message until the page is refreshed.

* I did it twice, but there was only a single auto-comment on both questions.

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possible duplicate of What is the purpose of comment voting? – Jon Seigel May 17 '11 at 17:16
    
Other test comment. – Jon Seigel May 17 '11 at 17:16
    
You don't have any voting controls on your own comments -- but you're right; it's broken on all comments. – balpha May 17 '11 at 17:22
    
@balpha: It was so other people could test. :) Thanks. – Jon Seigel May 17 '11 at 22:04
up vote 3 down vote accepted

Looks like I only brought back half of the functionality when I reenabled the "possible duplicate of" comment auto-refresh thingadongdong yesterday.

Fixed in the next build.

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Whats your build path, like when to you release new fixes and patches for the site(s)? – JustinKaz May 17 '11 at 18:06
    
@Justin usually about 1-5 times a day (unless it's urgent we try not to deploy Stack Overflow itself during US business day when it's the busiest; meta usually gets a few more builds) – balpha May 17 '11 at 18:12

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