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I was reading a question and I accidentally upvoted an answer by mistake (i wanted the answer below it). The answer already had 1 up vote so when I upvoted it went to 2. I realized I made a mistake and then down voted to take away my vote for that answer. BUT, the votes went to 0 instead of 1 and I was penalized points for down voting and of course the user who posted the answer now has -2 points.

Is this a bug or did I do it wrong?

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marked as duplicate by YOU, Michael Mrozek, Arjan, Pops, Shog9 Apr 22 '11 at 16:08

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FYI, the tooltip text is pretty helpful here, there's a "(click again to undo)" in there which would have guided you the right way. SO in general is fairly good with mouseover tooltips, so when in doubt, check those out. – Daniel DiPaolo Apr 21 '11 at 20:31

You click on the upvote arrow to remove it. What happened is by design. Clicking on the down arrow changes your vote to a downvote.

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