I've just (today) received a -5 (unupvote) for this question (Previously +1/-1).

Putting aside for the moment if it should be voted up/down, can someone please explain to me how it's possible to un-upvote when the question hasn't been modified in any way since the 6th?

Was I mistaken in my understanding that an hour after voting, it's locked unless the Q is edited?

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    @Martijn Pieters: It most certainly is. I see it recorded as "unupvote" and not "User was deleted" Aug 21, 2012 at 16:38
  • @MartijnPieters if you see here, it clearly says "unupvote". If it was a deleted user, it would say "user removed".
    – yoozer8
    Aug 21, 2012 at 16:38
  • Not at all. The rep line reads -5 | 13 hours ago | unupvote | Q Title. How can I tell? [Wow, too slow]
    – Basic
    Aug 21, 2012 at 16:38
  • Yup, I forgot we could see those too and didn't look at the rep page at all.. Aug 21, 2012 at 16:39

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This happened to me recently. This is related to a documented issue that undone edits disappear from the revision history.

So a user wanting to remove a locked-in vote on a post simply needs to edit it, remove the vote, and undo the edit (manually undo, not roll back).

Related: https://meta.stackexchange.com/a/133297/167443

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    Either that, or the user who unupvoted (sic!) was Jon Skeet. Aug 21, 2012 at 16:42
  • Thanks Jim, at least I understand how it happened (although I'm not entirely sure why anyone would care that much...)
    – Basic
    Aug 21, 2012 at 16:44

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