A few minutes ago I flagged this question as a duplicate of an earlier one; when I came back to it, it showed as having been "marked as duplicate by Steven Stadnicki, Community". I've never seen the Community bot mark duplicates before; is this new behavior? What triggers it?

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    $\begingroup$ Hover your mouse over the "Community" text and it says "This question's author approved a pending duplicate vote." $\endgroup$
    – user856
    Jul 23, 2015 at 0:35
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    $\begingroup$ D'oh. I completely missed that; thank you! $\endgroup$ Jul 23, 2015 at 0:40

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For ease of future reference I quote a part of the announcement New UI encourages askers to confirm or dispute duplicate votes below.

[T]he banner shown to askers whose questions have attracted at least one duplicate close vote has a couple of ... options:

That solved my problem! / No, my question is different. I will edit to explain how

If the author clicks the first button, they're shown a confirmation that clarifies the results of this action somewhat:

This will mark your question as a duplicate, directing future readers to the original question and preventing further answers from being posted here.

If they click "Ok", the question is instantly closed:

Community: This question's author approved a pending duplicate vote.

If, instead, they edit, they'll be offered this guidance:

Your question has been identified as a possible duplicate of another question. If the answers there do not address your problem, please edit to explain in detail the parts of your question that are unique.

...and once an edit is submitted the choice will go away until another duplicate close-vote is cast.

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    $\begingroup$ The use of "Community" here is quite misleading. It should instead say "Author". $\endgroup$ Dec 10, 2016 at 18:21
  • $\begingroup$ Yes, quite misleading. $\endgroup$
    – Widawensen
    Mar 14, 2017 at 8:00

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