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Are there any voting limits?

In this question on SO, the (registered) OP is claiming in the comments to each answer that they don't have enough reputation to upvote the answer - is this possible?

The OP is registered, they have only 1 rep, but the question itself has been downvoted twice. However, I thought that all registered users could upvote answers to their own question regardless of rep (or with a rep of 1)?

I found a similar question on meta: Why is OP unable to upvote any answers? - but in this case the OP is unregistered.

marked as duplicate by Martijn Pieters, Bart, ChrisF, jonsca, Pops Sep 25 '12 at 14:28

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You can only vote if you have at least 15 points.

You can comment on your own posts before you've gained the privilege to do so elsewhere, but that doesn't extend to voting.

  • But answers to your own questions?! I have read the FAQ, but admittedly assumed that the 15 point requirement to upvote was related to other peoples questions and answers to other questions. – MrWhite Sep 25 '12 at 12:45
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    15 points is not much, is it? No, answers to your own questions also cannot be upvoted. – Martijn Pieters Sep 25 '12 at 12:46
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    You can also accept answers still too, which is effectively a binding vote. – Flexo Sep 25 '12 at 12:50
  • I agree that 15 points is not much, however, I find that I am often answering questions of new users (rep 1) - particularly on Pro Webmasters - where many of these newbies seem to have an innate inability to mark accepted answers. Hhhmmm... – MrWhite Sep 25 '12 at 13:09
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    @w3d: Teaching new users about SE features is a different issue, isn't it? How do you know they'd know about upvoting too? – Martijn Pieters Sep 25 '12 at 13:10
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    @w3d - The 15 point limit is slightly useful to keep spammers from upvoting themselves. You have to get a few upvotes (2 or 3) yourself before you can start giving rep to others. – Bo Persson Sep 25 '12 at 13:50

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