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Cancel a vote so that the tally goes back to zero and not minus
Bug in downvote/upvote

There was a response to a question this afternoon which merited a downvote because the initial response was incorrect. However the author edited their solution to an acceptable answer, so I wanted to remove my downvote, by clicking the up arrow, thinking this would zero out the downvote. Instead it removed my downvote then added +1 for an upvote. How should I have zeroed out my downvote without casting an upvote? Just click on the number?

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marked as duplicate by Tim Stone, Wesley Murch, ChrisF, Michael Petrotta, Pops Apr 16 '12 at 21:15

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Click the voting arrow again to undo the vote (check the tooltip on the voting arrows) –  Tim Stone Apr 16 '12 at 21:07
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Obviously you don't do enough downvoting... –  Wesley Murch Apr 16 '12 at 21:09
    
Thanks for the info Tim. –  Mike Purcell Apr 16 '12 at 21:10

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up vote 2 down vote accepted

To zero out your downvote, you would merely click on the downvote button again, which would cancel your previous downvote.

If you had passed the time limit for undoing your votes, then you would have been unable to do so, unless the author edited their question as you had mentioned.

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I see. This seems unintuitive, perhaps a red x or something by the downvote to indicate that you wish to remove the downvote. Thanks. –  Mike Purcell Apr 16 '12 at 21:09
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Not really. The downvote button glows after you select it. Naturally, if you click again it should toggle the button's function. Just my opinion, anyway. –  sudo rm -rf Apr 16 '12 at 21:10
    
Ya I see the color change, but didn't think to click it again to remove the downvote. –  Mike Purcell Apr 16 '12 at 21:11
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@DigitalPrecision: there's even a tooltip that tells you what to do to undo your vote. –  Mat Apr 16 '12 at 21:12
    
@Mat: Still doesn't change the fact that it is confusing user experience to have someone click the downvote arrow again to cancel a vote. But I know now, thanks. –  Mike Purcell Apr 16 '12 at 21:14

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