When duplicate gets marked, mail notification is misleading

Bug #119792 reported by Matthew Paul Thomas
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This bug affects 1 person
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
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Low
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Bug Description

I just received an e-mail message about bug 119384 that began:
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*** This bug is a duplicate of bug 95419 ***
    https://bugs.launchpad.net/bugs/95419

** This bug has been marked a duplicate of bug 95419
   Record dependencies between bugs
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This suggests that the bug was a duplicate before I marked it as a duplicate, but it wasn't.

Better would be something like:
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*** This report has been marked as a duplicate of bug 95419
    "Record dependencies between bugs"
    https://bugs.launchpad.net/bugs/95419
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It's even worse when the bug report was already a duplicate, and it's changed to be a duplicate of a different bug report:
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*** This bug is a duplicate of bug 93410 ***
    https://bugs.launchpad.net/bugs/93410

** This bug is no longer a duplicate of bug 211680
   Not obvious why karma decreases

** This bug has been marked a duplicate of bug 93410
   Explain better why karma goes down
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Again, it would be better without the first section:
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*** This report is no longer a duplicate of bug 211680
    "Not obvious why karma decreases"
    https://bugs.launchpad.net/bugs/211680

** It's now a duplicate of bug 93410 instead
    "Explain better why karma goes down"
    https://bugs.launchpad.net/bugs/93410
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Changed in malone:
status: New → Confirmed
description: updated
Curtis Hovey (sinzui)
Changed in malone:
importance: Undecided → Low
Graham Binns (gmb)
tags: added: story-better-bug-notification
Curtis Hovey (sinzui)
Changed in launchpad:
status: Confirmed → Triaged
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