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Perhaps I'm nitpicking too much, but if the site is going to write a comment for me I'd like the grammar to be correct.

For instance, if I select a possible duplicate for a question, the site, on my behalf, posts:

possible duplicate of Another question?

I see two problems there.

  1. The first letter of the sentence should be capitalized.
  2. My comment takes on the ending punctuation of the question title. I'm not asking a question; I'm making a statement.

I'd like to see it, at minimum, say:

Possible duplicate of "Another question?".

Finally, the language is a bit awkward, as the sentence skips the subject and goes straight to the predicate. I see the value of the brevity, but I don't think adding a short subject would be that terrible. This would leave us with something like:

This question is a possible duplicate of "Another question?".

Is this too much to ask?

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    $\begingroup$ I think this would have to be done at SE-level rather than single-site level. Might be worth bringing this up on Meta SE. $\endgroup$
    – ArtOfCode
    Jun 12 '15 at 21:30
  • $\begingroup$ @ArtOfCode Alright, if that is the case, migration or repost and delete? $\endgroup$
    – Samuel
    Jun 12 '15 at 21:51
  • $\begingroup$ migration. Though it may still be worth letting people here at it first, see what they say. $\endgroup$
    – ArtOfCode
    Jun 12 '15 at 22:03
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    $\begingroup$ These comments come from the software itself, so I definitely doubt that they are per-site customizable at all. Note that you are free (during the five-minute grace period) to edit the comment however you like; just hover over it and click "edit" like with any other comment. $\endgroup$
    – user
    Jun 12 '15 at 23:14
  • $\begingroup$ @MichaelKjörling Yeah, I've been editing them. It just seems to be setting a poor example in the first place. I now see this topic was brought up five years ago on meta.SE with no plans to fix. Oh well. $\endgroup$
    – Samuel
    Jun 12 '15 at 23:21
  • $\begingroup$ Remember where Stack Exchange comes from: programming, and related fields (this all started with Stack Overflow). Brevity for the sake of avoiding the use of needless words tends to be much more accepted not to say outright sought there. Not saying that makes it right or wrong today, but I often find it helps to consider the history of something when trying to figure out why it is the way it is. :-) $\endgroup$
    – user
    Jun 12 '15 at 23:28

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