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Votes serve as an indicator to how good a question or an answer is. Whether it be an upvote or downvote helps other/new users to get an idea about the quality of the response. It may not have a decisive effect on their actions but is still an influence.

But I have discovered that even after an edit has been made to the question, it has the same number of votes as it had before the edit. This in theory means a user can alter an answer to a point that it is no longer usable or takes it to another direction.

Is there a way to find out if that has happened? I know the edit button shows the previous edits but only few users might go into that and even then might not know which version got the highest votes. Any kind of information in this regard is welcome.

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If an edit alters a post enough that people do a double-take on the number of votes it has, someone will look at the edit history, and roll it back if necessary. – Mysticial Dec 4 '12 at 8:04
this may be possible for highly voted or popular questions. But in case question is for a limited target audience, it may have negative effect on user. There is no direct solution to it but showing the number of votes(combined/seperate) in edit history at the time of editing can be a very good marker. – Shakti Thakran Dec 4 '12 at 8:08
If this happens, it often results in rollbacks, flags and or meta posts. It is wrong, but we can't rule it out completely. – Toon Krijthe Dec 4 '12 at 8:09
If you have a specific post in mind, please provide us with a link. – Toon Krijthe Dec 4 '12 at 8:10
The question did not arise bacause of some bad personal experience. But after getting familiar with the site recently this is what i was wondering about and could not find a satisfactory answer anywhere else. – Shakti Thakran Dec 4 '12 at 8:11
People do not have incentives to destroy their own posts. I think it is extremely uncommon to go back to an old question to deface it. – Emil Vikström Dec 4 '12 at 8:53
Its not exactly about defacing it but a user might try to alter it to make it even better or informative and ends up moving it to other direction. – Shakti Thakran Dec 4 '12 at 9:28

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