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Undo a up/down vote after a comment is left

A hypothetical situation:

  1. I downvote a question or answer and leave a comment as the pop-up notification suggests.
  2. The author responds to my comment in another comment explaining or clarifying something I missed or didn't understand.
  3. I go to remove my downvote, but can't because the question/answer has not been edited and my vote is locked.

Should comments, and in particular comments from the author, unlock votes?

marked as duplicate by balpha Nov 18 '11 at 15:18

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    Votes should never be locked in the first place. People make mistakes or change their minds as they research and try things. – endolith Nov 18 '11 at 14:58

Actually, this might useful in the other direction:

Assume an answer looks good, so I upvote it. But then someone comments and points out a critical flaw which shows that this answer actually can't work. Now I can't remove my upvote.

  • Interesting. Never looked at it from this way before. – ChrisF Nov 18 '11 at 15:12

If the post needed clarifying then that clarification should be edited into the post not left as a comment.

At this point your vote is unfrozen and you can revert or change it.

In fact you can use your down-vote as an incentive for the OP to update the post - say that if they incorporate the comments into post and address your issues you'll remove the down-vote (or even give the post an up-vote).

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    This is not always a fix. Case in point: I downvote, comment "this is a bad answer because X does Y." OP replies "No, X doesn't do Y in this case, you're mistaken." I reply "Whoops, my bad, sorry the stupid broken system won't let me remove my downvote." :( – Coderer Jul 3 '13 at 10:32
  • @Coderer - that's my point. If you missed the vital information then the question does need clarifying. The OP editing the question will unfreeze your vote. – ChrisF Jul 3 '13 at 11:01
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    I didn't miss vital information, I just didn't know something that an actually-experienced person would have already known. I think it's fair to say that every answer need not start from first principles. I should have done my homework before criticizing, and I didn't, but now the answer author (who was right) gets penalized instead of me (who was wrong). – Coderer Jul 3 '13 at 11:08
  • Put it another way: the answer should not have to have "ETA: Some idiot thought X, which is not true." appended to it before I'm allowed to sheepishly correct myself. – Coderer Jul 3 '13 at 11:10

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