If you upvote a comment and then immediately retract that vote, you get this error if you do it too quickly:

You may only submit a comment vote every 5 seconds.

Aside from the fact that I'm not submitting a comment vote, but rather retracting it, the primary and only use case is to undo a misclick immediately after it happened, such that you only have a 60 second window, and not even that if you reload the page.

5 seconds isn't a huge deal, but it makes no sense to put a 5 second timer there if the user is expected to undo it immediately, if at all.

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    I hate this and kept meaning to submit a report
    – Ben Brocka
    Jun 19, 2012 at 21:28
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    @BenBrocka, I didn't actually mean to upvote your comment, but when I tried to retract it, I got a 5-second-timer note and gave up.
    – Ben Lee
    Jun 21, 2012 at 23:38
  • Same here. Also this question seems to talk about the very same problem: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/164489/…
    – SPArcheon
    Jan 21, 2013 at 13:25

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This complaint makes a lot of sense, and the reason this happened was a purely technical implementation detail. This detail has been shown the door now, so from the next build on, this won't happen anymore.

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