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Shouldn't the question owner be able to vote up answers to his/her own question?

I understand that this is rather edge case (since it probably only affects a user's first question), but I had it come up in a recent question on SO.

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Anyone care to explain their downvotes? 5 downvotes and no comment is pathetic. –  Richard Szalay Feb 5 '10 at 17:01
    
On Meta, downvotes don't mean that people think your question is poorly written, downvotes mean that we disagree with your idea. –  Billy ONeal Jun 5 '11 at 18:57

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Doing so would create a massive rep-farming exploit system.

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How so? (Not challenging, just genuinely curious. I'd imagine even sock puppets can hit 15 rep in a day, especially if the corresponding "real" account upvotes them into it.) –  John Rudy Jan 21 '10 at 19:35

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