Not a rant, just curiosity :)

In this question from Jan 2013, I answered normally (not my best answer ever, but still worth reading I guess, and it gained one upvote).

Another answer was marked as accepted. Nothing strange then.

Except for the fact that today, the user who has written the accepted answer edited both the question and the answers (all the edits was a one-character "fake" edit), and removed the upvote from my answer.

No downvote, just upvote removal... that is strange, because when someone really doesn't like an answer, usually he/she downvotes it. Amazed by this curious gravedigging, I've run the Have We Met? query on SEDE, and the result was that we never met. I don't really care when I got some random downvote, but this "upvote-removal" has been so weird that led me to ask this question:

Is fake-editing other answers / questions to be able to alter the vote casted to them legit? Should this kind of behavior be flagged for Moderator attention?

As a side-question: any clue on what happened? I know I can ask him, and I probably will, but I'm more interested in your (hopefully) funny comments right now...

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  • Maybe they were at the vote cap and thought that by un-upvoting they would get an extra vote today (which I don't believe is true) – Richard Tingle Jul 17 '13 at 8:43
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    I would say it's bad behaviour to make a minor edit just to remove your upvote, but what do you expect from the moderator? To re-upvote your answer? – Dirty-flow Jul 17 '13 at 8:48
  • @hims056 comment answered the main question... if Jeff said this is legit, it simply is :) BTW the side question is still open; I'll invite him here to explain, just for the records :) – Andrea Ligios Jul 17 '13 at 8:51
  • @RichardTingle nice guess, twisted enough :D I see your comment, raise it "he clicked by mistake" :) – Andrea Ligios Jul 17 '13 at 9:05
  • I'm wondering if it's one of the sock puppets. – Dave Newton Oct 8 '13 at 18:21
  • The irony of this last edit amuses me. – Catija May 25 '16 at 18:48

I think reverting votes is not the issue here, making extremely trivial edits is.

No matter what your motivation for editing is – earning reputation/badge, reverting your vote, and/or you just like 'em posts nice and tidy – the thing that matters the most is that your edit should be (somewhat) substantive.

I think most of us would agree that edits that

  • replaces a single lowercase letter to uppercase.
  • removes a single instance of bold formatting
  • removes a single pair of double quotes

are extremely trivial.

If someone is still unconvinced of the triviality of the edit(s), consider:

  • the age of the post(s): the mentioned question is a little more than 6 months old
  • the traffic of the question: 173 views up until the time of writing

It's fairly safe to say that the question and its answers are relatively old and relatively unimportant to the general audience. If one intends to bump up a question like this, he needs to have a very good reason to do so (such as making a substantive/substantial improvement). I don't think the aforementioned edits constitute a good reason for bumping that old question.

Having >2k reputation gives you the privilege to make any edit you want to any post. However, it doesn't mean you should make very trivial edits (regardless of what your motivation is). It's not healthy for the system.

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I can up/down vote any question/answer anytime and it's my choice to revert my decision. It also happened to me on my answer/question – people down/up vote it, and then they revert their decision. Reverting votes is not a big deal, but FREEDOM OF THOUGHT, I think, is a big deal.

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    We're more curious, you can of course vote as you see fit – Richard Tingle Jul 17 '13 at 9:34
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    The question is: Is it appropriate to perform too minor/fake edit just to revert our vote? – Himanshu Jansari Jul 17 '13 at 9:34
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    I'm actually more interested in why you did it (that is the side question)... be cool, I won't downvote you (here nor in SO), I'm just curious. – Andrea Ligios Jul 17 '13 at 9:35
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    and, of course, you can't revert your vote at any time... that's why you had to abuse the editing system and make fake edits. – hayd Jul 17 '13 at 9:36
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    I feel downvoting this is counter productive, we do want an answer after all – Richard Tingle Jul 17 '13 at 9:37
  • I m cool and i m not worried about downvotes as well... and this is the fact i told in my answer, – NoNaMe Jul 17 '13 at 9:37
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    did you think "hey my answer was accepted, and I upvoted other answers, but no-one upvoted back... screw this, I'm going to un-upvote" ? – hayd Jul 17 '13 at 9:45
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    @zzzz then what possible reasoning was there to fake edit and un-upvote, it certainly had nothing to do with getting help or answering. Inarguably it was "poor form". – hayd Jul 17 '13 at 9:52
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    The fact that you are digressing this way is generating hype and incrementing our curiosity :D Are you telling us that it will remain unsatisfied ? :( C'mon! – Andrea Ligios Jul 17 '13 at 10:14
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    Bah... nobody is saying you are not free, just arguing why you freely decided that way with your free Free Will... – Andrea Ligios Jul 17 '13 at 10:20
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    I am free to walk out into the street and sing the complete ABBA collection backwards while hopping on one leg. I think why would still be a fair question – Richard Tingle Jul 17 '13 at 10:23
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    Ahah top trolling :) Ok, feel free to change your mind and post here all the dirtiest details, I'm gonna close it here... so long and thanks for all the fish ;) – Andrea Ligios Jul 17 '13 at 10:27
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    Well, at least you are not oscillating. – Shadow 10 Years Wizard Jul 17 '13 at 11:09
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    @ShaWizDowArd That is exactly what this answer and the comments on it remind me of :D – Doorknob Jul 17 '13 at 11:44
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    So now our new answers to everything: "Caching. Always caching." "6-8 weeks." "Oscillation." "Freedom of thought." :P – Doorknob Jul 17 '13 at 12:51

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