I upvoted an answer, and remained on the page and read a few more answers, while noticing that the user that I originally upvoted made several edits. I later noticed something from one of the edits that made me want to remove my upvote, but I got the message: "You last voted on this message 6 minutes ago. Your vote is now locked unless the answer is edited."

I noticed that no edits were indicated, so they must have taken place during the grace period.

This was not a case of me rushing or misreading, the answer originally posted was fine. An edit was made during the grace period. I went back 6 minutes after I upvoted, saw something that I didn't approve of appended to the original answer and wanted to change my vote, but couldn't.

To clarify, I understand that this is ; I am NOT trying to report a bug. I am requesting that a feature be implemented such that this situation can be resolved without having to resort to making a fake-edit and a following rollback.

Potential Solution: Perhaps votes that occur during the grace period should simply not be locked-in.

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    Vote locking should be killed entirely. Dec 10 '13 at 17:11
  • @CodesInChaos I would say that is a troublesome duplicate because it was presented as a bug and then [status-bydesigned] whereas this is a feature request which cannot be [status-bydesign] Dec 10 '13 at 17:12
  • Obviously, this is a common complaint and the only change that has been made (back in 2011) is to prevent vote locking for 5 minutes to account for the grace period. But it means you need to watch all recently edited posts you vote on for 5 minutes to ensure it isn't changed. Dec 10 '13 at 17:15
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    @SteveP. if you feel that strongly about it, there's nothing to stop you (it isn't encouraged, but is somewhat accepted). However, it is a gigantic calling card that you voted on the post (depending on the quality of the edit) and may lead to false (or true) accusations of downvoting and/or revenge voting. Dec 10 '13 at 17:23
  • Have you commented on the answer to explain your current problem with it? Perhaps the answerer will agree.
    – Ryan Frame
    Dec 10 '13 at 17:24
  • @RyanFrame It ended up getting fixed anyway, but I noticed the issue and wanted to see if something could be done about it.
    – Steve P.
    Dec 10 '13 at 17:25
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    @Random re:duplicates; both those are presented as bugs (even though they are not really) and so are rightly tagged as status-bydesign. Whereas this is a feature request Dec 10 '13 at 17:43
  • With regards the latest edit "Perhaps the grace period for changing votes on answers should not start until after the grace period for changing answers ends." that would just give a 10 minute grace period to change votes. It just delays the problem; if I vote, you grace-edit then I come back in an hour the same problem exists Dec 10 '13 at 17:50
  • @RichardTingle Fair enough. I'm being tired and stupid.
    – Steve P.
    Dec 10 '13 at 17:51
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    @RichardTingle Perhaps votes that occur during the grace period should simply not be locked-in (edited).
    – Steve P.
    Dec 10 '13 at 17:53
  • @SteveP. Now that sounds like a plan! Dec 10 '13 at 17:53