If I Vote to Close a question as a duplicate, I think I'm right in saying that the site will automatically generate a comment on the question - possible duplicate of blah-blah-blah.

I was just wondering whether it is possible (or indeed a good idea) to auto-generate comments for some other reasons?

The particular reason I had in mind is a product rec. One question just came up which is an obvious example of something falling foul of this - here.

It was a no-brainer for me to vote to close this, but it seems rude not to add a comment as to why. Especially as in this case, the user is new to the site. So I searched through and found one of @jimirings comments, and just copied and pasted - no big deal but not trivial as I had to copy the links too.

But it would have been nice if I hadn't had to go searching. Even if the site were to give me a checkbox to add a comment, with some default text proposed (pkay, I'm guessing this may not be supported).

So, can it be done and would it be a good idea to do so? As I say, I wouldn't propose this for all reasons, but I do think there are some that fit the bill.


Once the question actually gets closed with that close reason, the "on hold" message does show up with exactly the explanation you want.

  • so that then tends to support saying nothing (and hoping that sufficient of us agree to close it). Fair enough I guess, its just that showing the message earlier would at least give the Op a chance to put the question right. But I guess they can always ask a fresh question. – PeteH Jun 26 '14 at 20:52
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    I generally put a comment in manually if there's not an auto one showing up immediately. And sometimes the user comes back straight away and edits the question into shape, so that can work. – Móż Jun 26 '14 at 21:41

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