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If you edit an answer, you should not be allowed to change your vote. [yes, you should]

This is silly: I can edit the answer to allow myself to change my vote, so what is the point of locking it? Basically, vote locking shouldn't apply to people with enough reputation to edit other people's answers.

  • Then how many mistaken votes does it take a user to slow down and read an answer before they vote it up or down? – random Nov 20 '11 at 5:06
  • @random I don't understand how your comment is relevant to what I said. – MK01 Nov 20 '11 at 5:07
  • @random yeah, just keep closing all my questions. That's a productive way to have a discussion. – MK01 Nov 20 '11 at 5:17
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    Please take the time to read over the questions that have already covered the exact same ground with cooler heads – random Nov 20 '11 at 5:18
  • @random the question that my question is a "duplicate" of claims the opposite of what I said. It also got closed as offtopic (which in itself it strange because it is very much on topic) and the highest voted answer there agrees with me. – MK01 Nov 20 '11 at 5:22
  • @Random: is there any chance that the original question can be closed for some other reason than "offtopic"? It's a fine question with fine answers and deserves better than pretending it is offtopic. – sarnold Nov 20 '11 at 5:28
  • @MK01, tvanfosson's comment under that answer sums up the issue pretty well I think: What makes you think users with large reps are immune to the temptation to game the system? If it's going to change, then vote history needs to be tracked. – Frédéric Hamidi Nov 20 '11 at 5:29
  • Well, then maybe we could increase the lock time to an hour? I should be able to change my mind in 15 minutes and still be able to remove the vote. – MK01 Nov 20 '11 at 5:33


Since you have to edit the answer in order to cancel your vote, there will be an appropriate entry in the post's history. For instance, this prevents users from "strategically" downvoting answers then lifting their downvotes later without anyone being the wiser.

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    I don't understand. How is a minor edit going to tell me that this person downvoted and then removed the down vote? – MK01 Nov 20 '11 at 5:09
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    It won't tell you for sure, but unnecessary minor edits are discouraged IIRC, so it will look somewhat out of place. Also, if somebody complains their answer was unjustly downvoted and the downvote canceled after the damage was done, you can bet a minor edit in the same timeframe will look suspicious. – Frédéric Hamidi Nov 20 '11 at 5:18

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