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Idea behind “Your vote is now locked in unless this answer is edited”

I fail to see the reasoning behind not allowing me to change my mind on an answer.

Here's my situation: I read the answer, saw that it was suggesting something that I considered not ideal and so downvoted the answer. After further research I realized what I had originally considered the ideal solution was in fact not possible, thus I decided to remove my downvote on the question.

To my surprise, Stack Overflow in all its supreme-overlordliness wouldn't let me undo my downvote, presumably because my chance to change my mind had expired!

marked as duplicate by Pëkka, Bart, ChrisF, amanaP lanaC A nalP A naM A, John Nov 28 '12 at 22:34

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    Consider for a moment the possibility that there might be reasons why this feature was introduced. Apart from a desire for supreme-overlordliness. – Pëkka Nov 28 '12 at 22:32
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    @Pekka The word "feature" should be used very loosely here. The more I think about it, the more I think it's a stupid restriction. – NullUserException อ_อ Nov 29 '12 at 0:05

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