​When I am scrolling answers on my iPad, my taps are sometimes considered as votes. Usually I notice it immediately and undo it, but a couple times I've noticed it too late and my vote was already locked.

The other way to accidentally vote is just to keep iPad (or iPhone) in hand and unintentionally press by left hand thumb on vote arrow.

The site has an easy ability to vote( and it's good) and so hard to undo the vote after 5 min( and it is not good)

​With an increased number of touch devices (e.g. iPad, iPhone and other smartphones/tablets), it's one more reason to remove the time lock for votes - see related What is the justification for locking votes? and Vote too old to be changed, unless post is edited

  • Never had an issue on Galaxy's 4.3" screen (I'm browsing the full site, not the mobile version). Can't imagine this happening on the iPad, perhaps you have exceptionally fat fingers? – yannis Jun 24 '12 at 13:31
  • It's not about the size of the fingers. The problem if the Scrolling gesture over the vote arrows is considered as tap. – MiFreidgeim SO-stop being evil Jun 24 '12 at 13:43
  • It was more of a pun than an actual comment on the size of your fingers ;) The point being, that I think this is a bit localized, I don't think it's a problem for most people. – yannis Jun 24 '12 at 13:50
  • It's one more not all too compelling reason, IMO. – BoltClock's a Unicorn Jun 24 '12 at 14:32
  • when you click, the arrow looks like highlighted and ready to vote at release, but if you scroll before releasing, the vote should not appear. It takes time to master this though – ajax333221 Jun 24 '12 at 15:13
  • I am not clicking, I am touching the screen(sometimes accidentally) – MiFreidgeim SO-stop being evil Aug 21 '12 at 11:06

Removing the vote lock is a terrible solution to this problem. The two are completely unrelated to each other. Better solutions:

  1. Find a way to make sure votes don't get cast accidentally. (I don't know anything about mobile click/touch events.)

  2. Don't attempt to scroll the page over the vote arrows. I may have only used mobile a few times, but the vote arrows are all the way over on the left. The natural placement of my finger doesn't get me anywhere near the vote arrows when I'm scrolling the page.

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    Any excuse for removing the terrible vote lock is a good one :P – CodesInChaos Jun 24 '12 at 16:43
  • "don't attempt to scroll the page over the vote arrows" is a workaround for those, who are aware about the issue, but doesn't help for them who would do it accidentally and will not noticed. Removing the vote lock is not a solution, but minimizing impact of the problem. – MiFreidgeim SO-stop being evil Jun 25 '12 at 12:28
  • The vote lock is a terrible solution. It causes many problem, including this one. – MiFreidgeim SO-stop being evil Aug 2 '12 at 11:17

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