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I recently clicked on upvote on one of my questions on SO. Naturally it didn't work.Self upvoting is disabled and should be so. But I was docked 2 points for my action.

Why have this "deterrent" when "the crime" is impossible to commit?

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Are you sure? Check your recent activity (the envelope), there must have been a coincidental down-vote on one of your posts. – ChrisF Sep 15 '10 at 9:52
    
Yes after I clicked on upvote, I was shown the error. then a down vote was shown and 2 points deducted. all this in 1 view. – abel Sep 15 '10 at 10:02
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That was a coincidental down-vote on the question by someone else. I've tried this on two sites and nothing untoward has happened. – ChrisF Sep 15 '10 at 10:07
    
Wasn't able to reproduce the problem. I guess someone downvoted simultaneously. resolved. – abel Sep 15 '10 at 10:16
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That was me. I didn't bother explaining it at the time but I downvoted this question as you acknowledge in the question that you know it is off topic but still posted it on SO anyway! – Martin Smith Sep 15 '10 at 11:19
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I just upvoted one of my answers and my rep was unaffected. – user27414 Sep 15 '10 at 12:01
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+1 @Martin Smith Thanks man. I deleted the question, and updated my similar question on superuser.com/questions/185738/… – abel Sep 17 '10 at 12:31
up vote 8 down vote accepted

You neither gain nor lose reputation for self-voting.

The votes are simply ignored.

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