This happened to me twice. Someone flags my question as duplicated and only when I visit the question I notice the comment. Before I had no proof, but today I have *evil laughter*.

This is the notifications:

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I count 4, remember this number.

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Lets see... umm... 1, 2, 3... 5! HA! So, there are 5 comments and one of them (the one that flagged the question as dupe) didn't get into my inbox. So, is this by design or I really should get notified?

If this is by-design, I disagree.

Note to self: I suspect other canned comments doesn't reach the OP, like the custom close reason.

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    If it's by design, I disagree with the design. Users should definitely see if someone thinks they posted a duplicate. Then they can follow the link, dispute if necessary, or self-delete if warranted.
    – Geobits
    Dec 10, 2013 at 14:32
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    Agree it's not a good behavior. I guess the code responsible to send notification is part of the comment submission, while auto generated comments skip that phase. I would call it "bug by design". ;-) Dec 10, 2013 at 14:53
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    @GenericHolidayName And most importantly; get the answer they really really needed Dec 10, 2013 at 16:25
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    This is absolutely a bug; I can't think of any good reason to "silently" post comments like this when the whole point is to provide additional information to the author.
    – Shog9
    Dec 11, 2013 at 0:17

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This is entirely my fault - in the closure code, I didn't use an existing API for adding comments, which bypassed notifications.

Fixed in next build, > rev 2013.12.12.1754.


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