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I downvoted an answer because it was by far not a good answer, other answer were much better.

But then the questioner edited his question (not the answer) which left the downvoted answer the only possibly answer. I wanted to remove my vote but to much time had past.

The max. time to restore votes is now depending on when the answer was modified. What about connecting this time also to when the question was modified?

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I know about the workaround (edit the answer a little bit), but I am asking a feature-request: If an Question is modified, we should be abled to revote on the answers.

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marked as duplicate by hims056, Pops, Toon Krijthe, Austin Henley, ben is uǝq backwards Apr 29 '13 at 16:37

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Just do a dummy edit and you'll be able to revoke your downvote.

There are very few cases where there is nothing to improve in an answer. Add links. Improve grammar/formatting. Add some extra details. There should be something you can improve.

If not, one can try adding Oxford commas or something, though making trivial edits to revoke downvotes is discouraged.


Allowing the lock to be lifted will open the system up to abuse. The reason for the lock in the first place is that people downvote competing answers, accumulate more votes due to the sorting, and then revoke the downvotes. Currently, if they want to revoke the downvotes they have to edit each and every answer. With the feature request, they can just edit the question and then revoke.

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Same thing I did, removed fullstop from an answer, revoked my upvote, again added the fullstop. But for this you must have enough reputations. –  Anoop Vaidya Apr 29 '13 at 9:13
    
@Manishearth: I know about the workaround, but I was asking for a features request: When an Question changes, we should be allowes to modify the votes of the Answers. –  Martin Mulder Apr 29 '13 at 10:02
    
@MartinMulder: it's a very rare use case. Not enough to merit this change, since it can very easily be abused by system gamers –  Manishearth Apr 29 '13 at 11:52
    
@Manishearth: Can you explain how it can be abused? I do not see how... –  Martin Mulder Apr 29 '13 at 11:59
    
@Manishearth: Good point :) –  Martin Mulder Apr 29 '13 at 12:03
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If dummy edits are discouraged, why are you recommending them?? :( –  hayd Apr 29 '13 at 12:27
    
@hayden: I'm not. I'm recommending substantial fixes. I said that one could do it, but it's discouraged. OK to do so imho. –  Manishearth Apr 29 '13 at 12:34
    
"Just do a dummy edit and you'll be able to revoke your downvote." reads like a recommendation to me. Maybe "Treat this as an opportunity to improve this answer.." would be clearer. –  hayd Apr 29 '13 at 12:40
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You should revert the question to its previous state or flag for moderator attention, because if OP change the question that much it changes the complete aspects then it should not be an edit but the new question.

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it depends. It looks like the OP is talking about a clarification which validated the answer. –  Manishearth Apr 29 '13 at 9:24
    
but that would not make a wrong answer to be correct :S –  Zaheer Ahmed Apr 29 '13 at 9:25
    
not necessarily –  Manishearth Apr 29 '13 at 9:27
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It was not a wrong answer, it just wasn't as good as the others –  Manishearth Apr 29 '13 at 9:28
    
then it should not be downvoted because down-voting in for wrong answer not an alternate answer. –  Zaheer Ahmed Apr 29 '13 at 9:29
    
one can downvote whatever they want, I have downvoted short answers in the past. –  Manishearth Apr 29 '13 at 9:30
    
one can do this, but this is wrong because if you hover down-vote you would see This answer is not useful –  Zaheer Ahmed Apr 29 '13 at 9:31
    
@Manishearth Often short answers can be considered not useful because they give no explanation of why this solution works or what was going wrong for OP etc. => irritating, not useful. –  hayd Apr 29 '13 at 12:22
    
@ZaheerAhmed: No, it's not wrong (chat.stackexchange.com/rooms/151/the-dmz). Sometimes there are useful answers that are only marginally useful. –  Manishearth Apr 29 '13 at 12:24
    
@hayden: Yes, exactly. These get downvoted. However, if suddenly it is the only answer to a question, one may want to reconsider their vote. –  Manishearth Apr 29 '13 at 12:25
    
@Manishearth I don't see why being the only answer is a special case here. (If the answer isn't improved it doesn't deserve a +1). –  hayd Apr 29 '13 at 12:29
    
@hayden: not a +1. But maybe a revocation of the -1. –  Manishearth Apr 29 '13 at 12:33
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