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This comment reads the following:

If you're looking for the previous 33 comments, please see this meta thread instead. This comment will self-destruct in 48 hours. – Raven Dreamer♦

(The link inside the comment is not included as it is not relevant.)

The claim that the comment will self-destruct in 48 hours is the subject of this question. Are moderators able to post comments that are automatically deleted after x amount of time?

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    I think the mod's just going to come back in 48 hours and press the red X. – michaelb958--GoFundMonica Aug 21 '13 at 4:02
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    This comment will self-destruct in 365,317,430,675,889.42 minutes. – Andrew Barber Aug 21 '13 at 4:03
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    @AndrewBarber I will be back in 695 048 384 years to check on that. – michaelb958--GoFundMonica Aug 21 '13 at 4:07
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    also; who's gonna be there in 39 hours to make sure RD follows through? – Andrew Barber Aug 21 '13 at 4:13
  • @michaelb958 Your math skills are impressive! ;) – Andrew Barber Aug 21 '13 at 13:17
  • @AndrewBarber I doubt that – MikeTheLiar Aug 21 '13 at 14:08
  • @AndrewBarber No, my command of Python 2.7 is impressive. (And my math skills. But Python did the heavy lifting.) – michaelb958--GoFundMonica Aug 21 '13 at 21:44
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    @mikeTheLiar Andrew's comment is now the second search result! – michaelb958--GoFundMonica Aug 21 '13 at 21:44
  • @michael when I originally did the search, it was the first result (for me, at least). – MikeTheLiar Aug 21 '13 at 23:08
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Nope, we can't. We just sometimes say that to mean we will come back and delete it soon.

I think the general reason we might tend to do this is that we are sensitive about leaving 'meta' comments around, but there are things where we think it's useful to do so. That particular comment seems to be a perfect example. Saying the comment will be deleted is sort of a disclaimer saying, "this is a meta comment and shouldn't usually be made, so I'm going to delete it soon".

Now, this reminds me to check if I have any of those pending...

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