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There is a general UI paradigm at SO:

up pointing triangle, clicking spins the number UP  

    N      an integer  

down pointing triangle, clicking spins the number DOWN  

The respective tool tips are:

up: This question is useful and clear (click again to undo)

down: This question is unclear or not useful (click again to undo)

I'm new, so I'm guessing the wording ought to read something like this:

up: This question is useful and clear (click to increase the vote count, a second click subtracts one vote) <== clumsy wording, see alternative below {gl}

up: This question is useful and clear (click to increase the vote count, click again to decrease)

down: This question is unclear or not useful (click to decrease the vote count; costs one reputation point per click)

(my suggested wording is clumsy but at the same time it's clearer than "click again to undo" ~~ I say this because a tool tip needs to be helpful and instill confidence in the end user)

edit: ?? does down voting actually cost a reputation point? {gl}

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"a second click subtracts one vote", how about the third? The current text perhaps not the perfect one suggested the essence of 'toggling'. – o.k.w Feb 12 '10 at 6:02
    
@ o.k.w. as I stated, my wording is clumsy. imo, the essence of toggling is insufficient. ideally, a tool tip should be clear and if possible concise ... – gerryLowry Feb 13 '10 at 15:38
    
Yes, downvoting does cost you: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/7237/… – random Feb 14 '10 at 1:11

I understand what you're saying, but in the context of a browser a pointer cursor implies a clickable action and leads to the assumption that you're going to click it. From this perspective the wording is logical.

Plus, I think the majority of people are getting it. There seems to be a fair amount of voting happening! I don't think it's worth changing.

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