Simple to reproduce: (note: only non moderator 3K+ users can reproduce)

  1. Go to a question.
  2. Cast a close vote as off topic choose Other and put custom comment. Confirm.
  3. The custom comment is added and the "add comment" link disappears.

After refresh the link appears as usual.

For what it's worth, Chrome 28.0.1500.72 here but I'm 99.999% sure it's not related to browser.

Sometimes there is no "add comment" link at all even after many reloads. When it happens I noticed additional request to the server which doesn't appear when the link is present: https://meta.stackoverflow.com/posts/190301/comments so this leads me to believe that on certain condition which I can't reproduce, the whole comments placeholder is replaced with the result of that request, and indeed there's no "add comment" link there. Didn't happen, guess that one was fixed.

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    Yup reproduced here on this very question, lol! :) Jul 25, 2013 at 9:06
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    Success, flagged your question and added comment.
    – Azik
    Jul 25, 2013 at 9:07
  • @Azik do you mean the link doesn't disappear after flagging? Jul 25, 2013 at 9:09
  • @Shadow wizard, reproduced ?!
    – Azik
    Jul 25, 2013 at 9:10
  • yes the link doesn't disappear after flagging?
    – Azik
    Jul 25, 2013 at 9:11
  • And no one cares to give browser details? Oh really... Jul 25, 2013 at 9:13
  • @GrantThomas doubt it's browser specific, but will add anyhow. Jul 25, 2013 at 9:14
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    Reproduced in Chrome 22.0.1229.79, and FF 22. Jul 25, 2013 at 9:14
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    I noticed "add comment" disappearing basically just everywhere, hmm can't reproduce it on this question but I've seen it disappearing commenting on my own SO answer and on another question on Meta. Jul 25, 2013 at 10:07
  • @OldCheckmark yeah, just happened here to me now but after some reloads it's OK. Jul 25, 2013 at 11:12
  • I'm sorely tempted to cast the last close vote. Not because I need to test this again, but just for my own amusement. Jul 25, 2013 at 11:38
  • @Cody hmm... let me check something. Nope, can't get rid of the close votes. Go ahead, if and when it will be fixed I'm sure the dev can reopen to post his answer. Also worth to check if it happens when casting reopen vote. Jul 25, 2013 at 11:43
  • We're looking at it.
    – user50049
    Jul 25, 2013 at 12:20
  • @Tim thanks, see my edit for possible tip in debugging. Jul 25, 2013 at 12:25
  • Working on this now... Jul 25, 2013 at 15:01

2 Answers 2


This issue has probably been resolved by fixes for other bugs related to commenting, so I've marked this as .

Update: well....ok. looking at this some more.

Update 2: this should be fixed in the next build.

  • No it's not. You can't reproduce because the page reloads after the actual close, you need ordinary non diamond account with 3K reputation to reproduce. Jul 25, 2013 at 23:55
  • @ShaWizDowArd: Ah, thanks for that. I think I know what might be causing that. What browser were you in? Jul 25, 2013 at 23:57
  • Latest stable Chrome, but really don't think it's browser specific, there's some JS in action causing it to disappear. :-/ Jul 25, 2013 at 23:59
  • @ShaWizDowArd: Oh, for sure. Just wanted to know in case it was relevant. Jul 26, 2013 at 0:02
  • Ah, I see. It's only for off-topic votes where a comment is left. I'll have to get back to this tomorrow, unfortunately, but now that I know exactly what's happening it shouldn't be a big deal to fix. Jul 26, 2013 at 0:08
  • Yep, confirmed, I edited the question to reflect this. Jul 26, 2013 at 0:17
  • Also happening when voting to close as duplicate, even when there's no auto comment added i.e. second vote on a question. Jul 26, 2013 at 11:09
  • @BenCollins: Is this really status-completeed? I still get this on duplicate closes. The steps I listed at meta.stackexchange.com/questions/190752/… consistently repos for me.
    – Matt
    Jul 28, 2013 at 13:28
  • @Matt: would you try again? I can't reproduce using the steps you referenced, but a change related to this was deployed yesterday and may have fixed these issues. Jul 29, 2013 at 13:45
  • @ShaWizDowArd: A related change was deployed yesterday that may have fixed this. I haven't been able to reproduce. Can you still do it? Jul 29, 2013 at 14:01
  • @Ben can't reproduce, working fine for me. Jul 29, 2013 at 14:03
  • @BenCollins: Ditto.
    – Matt
    Jul 29, 2013 at 16:00

This thing is still disappearing for me on a new question that I haven't voted to close (it's my own)

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  • Are you using userscripts? If you disable them, do you still experience this issue? Jul 25, 2013 at 23:07
  • I'll be in Tavern on the Meta off and on. Try to catch me and we can work through it in realtime. Jul 25, 2013 at 23:15
  • @Ben not experiencing it right now but I'll ping you if I spot it again. I've disabled all extensions and userscripts.
    – Aaron Bertrand Staff
    Jul 25, 2013 at 23:20
  • Ok. I'm going to leave this as status-norerpo just to get it out of the open bug list, but certainly hit me up if you see it again. Jul 25, 2013 at 23:28
  • Will do, thanks @Ben.
    – Aaron Bertrand Staff
    Jul 25, 2013 at 23:35
  • @Ben this just happened to me on main SO. I have the question still open on my screen and can leave it there. Image.
    – Aaron Bertrand Staff
    Jul 26, 2013 at 20:29
  • @Ben it's obviously not an enormous problem, since refreshing gets rid of it, but I figure you folks want to squash it.
    – Aaron Bertrand Staff
    Jul 26, 2013 at 20:34
  • Yep. there hasn't been a build since I got the fix in , and we're not in a rush at the moment, so you might check again later tonight or maybe even monday. Like you said - this issue only affects a tiny, tiny number of users and there's a simple workaround, so I'm not in a big rush to push it out. Jul 26, 2013 at 20:44
  • @Ben oh ok, I though the fix was already pushed. Thanks.
    – Aaron Bertrand Staff
    Jul 26, 2013 at 20:45

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