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I asked a question about Google Plus and OpenSocial on Stack Overflow. A long time passed without any answers being posted, but I finally got this answer. I voted for it, not knowing any better. It turned out the answer was wrong, but I can't remove my vote, since the answer hasn't been edited.

There should be a process for removing your vote when you realize an answer is wrong after you upvote it.

  • Are we talking about this question: Google Plus and OpenSocial ? – Time Traveling Bobby Sep 2 '11 at 14:00
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    Can you downvote? – Time Traveling Bobby Sep 2 '11 at 14:02
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    If you can edit (2,000+ reputation) then you can make a trivial edit which will reset the vote locking mechanism. – ChrisF Sep 2 '11 at 14:07
  • Oh, I forgot the links. I edited the question to add them. And, yeah, it's that question. – Alexis Dufrenoy Sep 2 '11 at 14:13
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    but is such a behavior (edit just to re-vote) wanted in SO? – user141148 Sep 2 '11 at 14:14
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    @Carlos Heuberger: I completly agree. And I didn't ask this question to change my vote in that very case. It's not important enough. My question is more general. – Alexis Dufrenoy Sep 2 '11 at 14:17
  • A similar scenario was discussed at this question. @Carlos, quack suggested doing just that, but it was two years ago not an identical situation. – Pops Sep 2 '11 at 14:18
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    You should at least add a comment to this answer. – Paŭlo Ebermann Sep 2 '11 at 15:30
  • @Paŭlo Ebermann: who are you talking to? – Alexis Dufrenoy Sep 3 '11 at 19:50
  • @kiamlaluno: If you edit a question, thank you to manage in order it keeps sense... – Alexis Dufrenoy Sep 3 '11 at 19:52
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    @Traroth: To clarify my previous comment: If you can't change your vote since it is now frozen, add a comment to the answer explaining that/why it is wrong now. – Paŭlo Ebermann Sep 3 '11 at 19:59
  • How come you didn't yet comment on that answer, explaining why it's wrong? Simply removing your upvote isn't going to help a lot. – Arjan Sep 3 '11 at 22:48
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No, there shouldn't. The lesson here is not that the system is wrong. Users shouldn't be voting on answers before they know whether those answers are correct.

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    So there is no place for mistakes. Too bad the system is not designed for human beings... – Alexis Dufrenoy Sep 2 '11 at 14:15
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    That's ridiculous. Yes, people will make mistakes, but that doesn't give you an excuse to not try. Don't blame the system for your incorrect actions. – Pops Sep 2 '11 at 14:19
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    @Traroth: Ain't it true... – user1228 Sep 2 '11 at 17:38
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    @Popular Demand: I don't get your point. Most people try to avoid mistakes, and everybody does some anyway. – Alexis Dufrenoy Sep 3 '11 at 19:48
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    @Traroth Now you know not to vote before you test, that's the point. And the occasional minor mistake is not a big deal. A vote score swing of 2 (+1 instead of -1) and a rep swing of 12 (+10 instead of -2) is not a big deal, especially if you leave a comment and someone else downvotes based on that comment. Allowing you to change your vote would create potential for abuse across the entire network, which is a much bigger deal. – Matthew Read Sep 3 '11 at 22:12

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