The Just Jesting hat is earned by

post[ing] 10 comments that each earn an upvote

Whenever I'm the first one to vote to close or flag a question as a duplicate, a comment is automatically generated: "Possible duplicate of $anotherQuestion.". This comment is also upvoted automatically if somebody else votes to close or flags the question as a duplicate (of the same question that I chose).

Do these automatic comments/upvotes count towards the Just Jesting hat or not? If they do, how about comments which were deleted because the duplicate was confirmed (i.e. the question was closed as a duplicate)?

As Sonic notes in the comments, an identical situation happens for comments generated by choosing/typing custom off-topic reasons.

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    Do comments posted from off-topic closures count as well? Those are also automatically upvoted when someone else chooses the same close reason. Dec 17, 2017 at 14:44
  • Yeah, it'd be good to know as well, but I suppose (by invoking the KISS principle) those are handled the same way.
    – Glorfindel Mod
    Dec 17, 2017 at 14:47
  • Just curious: why did you put a dollar sign in front of "anotherQuestion"? I saw someone else do the same thing here yesterday. Dec 17, 2017 at 16:10
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    I think that was about translations. The dollar sign indicates a parameter which can be inserted, in this case the other question title. @donald Dec 17, 2017 at 16:42

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TL;DR: probably not.

I just (pun intended) got the Just Jesting hat, but I have only 7 upvoted comments which were posted during Winter Bash:

That means deleted comments must count as well (just like they do for e.g. the Commentator badge). However, during Winter Bash, the following 9 questions were closed as duplicates, where I was the first to vote, so my autogenerated comment was upvoted:

If autogenerated/auto-upvoted comments would count, I would already have received the hat a few days ago.

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