The dupehammer is a good system. But when a gold badge holder closes a question, a comment still gets created on the voter's behalf, even though it will be immediately deleted by the system due to the question being closed as a duplicate. This is contrary to what normally happens when a moderator closes a question - no comment is ever created or deleted.

This is problematic because the comment's creation (even though it gets deleted in the same instant) still causes notifications to be sent out:

  • The owner of the question receives an inbox notification telling them that there is a new comment on their post, which doesn't actually exist anymore.

  • Anyone viewing the question at the time will be notified via web sockets that there is a new comment on the question, only to have nothing new at all load when they click to load the new comments.

I propose that all binding close votes refrain from leaving a comment, not only those cast by diamond moderators.

  • That's odd. I didn't realize it created a comment that was instantly deleted... – animuson Jan 5 '15 at 18:54
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    @Braiam The problem is that I am getting notified... – Mooseman Jan 5 '15 at 18:55
  • @animuson Are you able to see your own deleted comments? – Mooseman Jan 5 '15 at 18:56
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    No, I looked up a random question on Stack Overflow that had been dupehammered. Sure enough, there was a comment created and deleted at the same exact time. – animuson Jan 5 '15 at 18:56
  • I'm saying that that's the expected behavior when an user mark a question as duplicated. – Braiam Jan 5 '15 at 18:58
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    @Braiam There is an inconsistency here, though. This only happens for dupehammer users. When moderators close as duplicate, a comment is never created and a notification never generated. Tbh I don't see the point in notifying a user of a "new comment" that always gets deleted the moment it's created. Bit of a lie. – animuson Jan 5 '15 at 19:00
  • I believe that it also happens when non-gold badge users vote to close as duplicate – Sam I am says Reinstate Monica Jan 5 '15 at 19:04
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    @SamIam the problem is, with gold badge users it's completely superfluous... – Vogel612's Shadow Jan 5 '15 at 19:07
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    @animuson And I don't like it. As said by Shog, if you are not notified that your question has answers somewhere else, how will you check? Will you keep refreshing the page for 2-3 hours waiting? – Braiam Jan 5 '15 at 19:13
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    @Braiam Then there should be a notification for "Your question was closed". – Mooseman Jan 5 '15 at 20:01
  • Which bring us to meta.stackexchange.com/q/93842/213575 – Braiam Jan 5 '15 at 21:59
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    WHAT? How... how it is a dupe of that question?! – nicael Jan 6 '15 at 13:23
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    @nicael I know. The other question is related at most. – Mooseman Jan 6 '15 at 13:51
  • @Mooseman - did you mean a comment appears and then disappears? You don't mention it disappears. (checking if mine is a dupe of yours: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/251439/…). Or are you talking about "notification" only? Cheers – James Mar 17 '15 at 1:32
  • @James It never appears, really. Only the notifications. – Mooseman Mar 17 '15 at 1:49

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