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Choose a question you haven't voted on yet, click on the rating so it will show the amount of upvotes and downvotes. After that, vote on it. If the question has a rating of -15, it will show "16" instead of "-14".

Now with freehand circles and drop shadows, enjoy

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Now a bounty since this bug really bugs me. No pun intended!

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This also happens for any starting value. Simply show the up/downvote count, vote and see the magic. Your question is at 3/1 right now. If I upvote you, it should be 4 - 1 = 3, yet it shows 5 (4 - (-1)). The same thing would happen if I'd downvote you. It would still show 5 (3 - (-2)). – alex Feb 2 '10 at 6:37
I see it as well. – Daniel Daranas Feb 2 '10 at 13:51
@Daniel it's hard to miss it. – alex Feb 2 '10 at 13:53
A better question... Why were you upvoting a question with 13 downvotes? Sympathy votes just add to the problem of separating the wheat from the chaff. – gnostradamus Feb 3 '10 at 20:37
@gnostradamus: To demonstrate the behavior, after that I canceled the upvote as I suggested everyone else to do in my bug report. I thought it was obvious? I'm not sure what's up with meta and people not understanding examples. – Andreas Bonini Feb 4 '10 at 3:34
@Koper: I see what happened. @pi removed that part of your question when they edited it. Not sure why. – gnostradamus Feb 4 '10 at 5:20
@gnostradamus: oh, I see.. I didn't realize he edited it out, it's not THAT obvious now then, sorry – Andreas Bonini Feb 4 '10 at 7:27
@gnostradamus sorry if I over-edited, maybe I got a bit carried away. I just thought there was no point to that remark, I thought it was implied. Feel free to add that missing part back, if you like. – alex Feb 4 '10 at 10:20
Aha, a bounty. So you're hoping Jeff et all care about the bounty, and will fix this within 7 days? ;-) – Arjan Feb 6 '10 at 22:25
@Arjan: something like that! :) – Andreas Bonini Feb 7 '10 at 5:08
Image links broken – badp Jul 16 '10 at 17:06

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up vote 6 down vote accepted

Fixed - thank you for finding this!

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It might be helpful to explain a bit about what the problem was. That way if someone does a Google search because they are having a similar problem, they can figure out how to fix it themselves. – Brad Gilbert Feb 12 '10 at 16:00


Before voting, the votes on this question stood at +1/-1 (normalized as 0). I upvoted it, and I got a big juicy 3, or when turned into two numbers, +2/-1. Removing the upvote left a 2.

Trying downvoting this time, +1/-1 downvote-> 1, or when turned into two numbers, +1/-2, and when reversed, the result was also wrong (I failed to write this one down).

I upvoted and downvoted a few times, reversing the vote each time, and got the "normalized" count up to a 4 before the vote window ran out.

Looks like some javascript has lots its marbles!

No screenshots with freehand circles; sorry to disappoint everyone.

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I think it's related to the new design of the individual votes – Andreas Bonini Feb 2 '10 at 4:17
I remember it being very difficult getting the hang of negative numbers too... mind you, I was 10 at the time :) – Ether Feb 2 '10 at 4:26
@Æther: I actually think this new feature is pretty cool. Yes, I think everybody who was smart enough to get 1000 rep understood it, but the new interface looks much cooler. – Andreas Bonini Feb 2 '10 at 4:58
Agreed! I believe the colours were added first, and then the +/- a few hours later.. I think it's best now, but simply the colours would have been fine too. – Ether Feb 2 '10 at 6:25
The colours need to be tweaked to make them distinguishable by those with red/green colour blindness. – ChrisF Feb 2 '10 at 9:29
@ChrisF: wouldn't that be the point of the +/-? – perbert Feb 2 '10 at 13:50
@The Big Cheese you're right. How much more obvious can this thing be made? I think we're splitting hairs on the functionality. – alex Feb 2 '10 at 13:59
@The Big Cheese - I'm not with it today at all. Must engage brain before typing. – ChrisF Feb 2 '10 at 14:12

Apparently, if you show the number of upvotes and downvotes and then you vote (doesn't matter if you upvote or downvote), it will simply add the 2 values and come up with a new, wrong value. It doesn't matter if the initial value vas negative, as Koper thought.

His question as I'm writing is at 4/1 votes. If I upvote, the split count will disappear and it will simply show me 6 (although it should be only 4). If I downvote, the same thing will happen, the vote count will incorrectly show me 6 (4 + 2 instead of 4 - 2). I think it simply adds the number of downvotes and upvotes together, instead of substracting the downvotes.

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Like you commented yourself a few minutes before posting this answer: it's probably +4 minus -2, which indeed yields 6. So, it's probably subtracting, but using the negative number for the downvotes. – Arjan Feb 3 '10 at 20:36

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