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I asked this question today and after seeing the answer, realised that I had made a mistake in asking the question. I quickly put up a comment that I had flagged the question to be deleted and realised my mistake. I still got downvoted on the question.

So, what is the etiquette on downvoting a question when the OP has already flagged the question to be deleted, realised their mistake and put up a comment to apologise?

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    The simple answer is that users are free to vote however they see fit. There's really no etiquette to put on this. I find the particular downvote pointless. But that's just me.
    – Bart
    Commented Feb 27, 2013 at 10:41
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    Downvote got nothing to do with flags. Someone saw a question with obvious mistake and downvoted, it's totally valid. Just take it as a lesson and think twice before reporting a bug, check your details, look for existing reports etc... Commented Feb 27, 2013 at 10:42

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Downvoting is totally up to the community. It is the way they express their opinion. You can't force people to have a specific opinion.

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