It's alright that users aren't allowed to upvote their own posts. But, what about downvote?

Users can mis-use upvote, but users can't mis-use downvote.

Add this feature.. With it, a user can downvote his question/answer at later point of time when he finds that it's poor. Today, I was trying to do that, but failed.

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    Ehm, if your answer is poor, improve or remove it?
    – Bart
    Jun 21, 2012 at 6:16
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    That's just.. silly. No offense meant. Like Bart said, if you think your own answer is poor, improve it. If it's beyond fixing, delete it. What you suggest is like the option to give yourself a loan in the bank or something like that. Jun 21, 2012 at 6:24
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    dont worry we can do it for you:P Jun 21, 2012 at 6:36
  • Voting is not some arbitrary thing. It's supposed to influence your reputation. You should not have influence over your own reputation.
    – user229044
    Jun 21, 2012 at 15:11
  • @meagar I know that. Think how great I am..
    – user178465
    Jun 21, 2012 at 16:06

2 Answers 2


Add a link, I'll downvote it for you if you like.

Seriously, couldn't you just improve the post, or delete it if it's so bad? The votes are a signal to the poster that something is wrong with their post. Why would you need to send that signal to yourself?


but users can't mis-use downvote.

I'd abuse the hell out of this:

  1. Post a good question/answer,
  2. Immediately down vote it,
  3. Post a comment complaining that people down voted me without explaining,
  4. Profit! (gather the sweet sympathy votes)
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    You surely have a creative mind! :) Jun 21, 2012 at 6:25
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    @ShaDowWizArd I've seen so many "+1 to counteract the unjustified -1" comments that I'm absolutely certain this would work.
    – yannis
    Jun 21, 2012 at 6:26
  • I would never give such vote but guess you have a point.. :/ Jun 21, 2012 at 6:27
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    Nice, but I already have a sock puppet for that.
    – Bart
    Jun 21, 2012 at 6:27
  • If community is ok, sympathy shouldn't work.
    – user178465
    Jun 21, 2012 at 6:29
  • I doubt that StackExchange has much sympathy here. May 31, 2017 at 8:29

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