I'm still getting flack about this downvote I made. I downvoted an answer and added a comment explaining my reason. I was later convinced by other comments that it was not a good reason for downvoting. Upon attempting to retract my vote, I inadvertently locked it in.

The hover-text still (over a year later) says I can "click again to undo". But it's a big fat lie.

My specific problem has been resolved. But, I have stumbled across other questions where users have done this. In keeping with the push to help new users not to discover rules after having broken them, I think this text needs to be a little more aware, a little more accurate.

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    Aside: I've edited the answer, so you can remove your downvote now. It's downvote-worthy in my opinion, however. Just a link.
    – jscs
    Feb 5, 2013 at 18:52
  • Thank you! I really have learned not to that. ... Whew. Conscience slightly clearer. Feb 5, 2013 at 18:53
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    Not to do what? Downvote lazy answers that lambaste the asker for being lazy? Again, in my opinion, downvotes are justified.
    – jscs
    Feb 5, 2013 at 18:55
  • But my reason was that the other answer was superior and I wanted to increase the spread. I didn't really have anything against the answer. Feb 5, 2013 at 18:56
  • Oh. I suppose I could've edited it myself. :) Feb 5, 2013 at 18:57
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    Well, true, that is not a great reason for a downvote. And yes, you could have edited it yourself: Should we allow our edits to reverse our own upvotes and downvotes
    – jscs
    Feb 5, 2013 at 18:57
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    That answer lies in not an answer territory. I don't want to click another link in order to get that information... Especially since there's so much detailed information above, that answer provides absolutely nothing to the question overall. Downvotes are well deserved.
    – animuson StaffMod
    Feb 5, 2013 at 19:36
  • Apart from downvotes, wouldn't a flag as NAA be appropriate? Because it's just a link?
    – J. Steen
    Feb 5, 2013 at 20:32
  • @J.Steen That is perhaps something I should have considered initially. Feb 5, 2013 at 22:28
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    @animuson That was my original feeling exactly, but the timing of the answers makes the comparison a little unfair. I wouldn't want one of my own answers downvoted simply because a better one had come along. Feb 6, 2013 at 2:37


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