I asked this question earlier today:

Function clash when implementing multiple interfaces

It was, in my opinion, well-posed but the answers made me realise that what I was asking was illogical. Of course, in the interests of the folk replying, it would not be good if I could delete the question as that would remove their gained reputation points. But I would like to signal to the community that the question is a poor fit to the knowledge base that SO is aiming to build: why should other folk be relied upon to do that? I would be willing to sacrifice a reputation point for the downvote for this sake.

Of course, upvoting your own question will lead to many problems, but I am not asking for that: just the ability to downvote.

I will, of course, be wanting to downvote this question too if it turns out that, on inspection of any replies, what I'm asking here is also illogical.

  • Ha. Someone just upvoted it ;-) – Bathsheba Jan 29 '14 at 19:44
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    You can't vote on your own posts. Period. – Oded Jan 29 '14 at 19:45
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    Up. Yes I understand. But why not down? Unusual; granted. – Bathsheba Jan 29 '14 at 19:46
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    Downvote it for you ;-)! – Marc-Andre Jan 29 '14 at 19:47
  • Lets say you downvoted the question, you do know that there's a counter that counts for downvotes and ban you eventually, it's like banning yourself - committing suicide :) – Lynob Jan 29 '14 at 19:47
  • Btw dow-voting questions doesn't actually cost rep, just answers. – Jack Jan 29 '14 at 19:49
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    If you want downvotes that badly, just come to meta and ask for them! – fredley Jan 29 '14 at 19:51
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    If you think there is a problem with your question, then why not address the problem? If you can't, just leave it. – Bart Jan 29 '14 at 19:52
  • You could always cast a close vote on it. – Esoteric Screen Name Jan 29 '14 at 19:52
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    @EsotericScreenName if I would see such Meta commentary in a question, I would go in and remove it. It's not part of the question, so it simply shouldn't be there. – Bart Jan 29 '14 at 19:53
  • @Bart Good point; edited. – Esoteric Screen Name Jan 29 '14 at 19:55
  • @Marc-Andre: you legend! If you are willing to be my anti-sockpuppet for ever then I withdraw this idea. – Bathsheba Jan 29 '14 at 20:07
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    @Bathsheba No problem! Ping me and I'll be your downvoter! (But I respect the rule in regard of serials downvoting and I'll downvote only if I agree with you that your question is bad :P ) – Marc-Andre Jan 29 '14 at 20:21
  • I have sometimes thought this would make sense for meta feature requests. For when you no longer agree with your past self – Richard Tingle Jan 29 '14 at 23:17
  • This raises an interesting question, if someone has a split personality, can he downvote his other persona? – Leeor Jan 30 '14 at 0:29

Because it's impractical to spend programmer time on a use case that will never be used.

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  • BUT.. Downvoting questions doesn't cost you rep, so why not! It's free! – Amal Murali Jan 29 '14 at 19:56
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    Then it might be abused, @Amal. Downvote your own good question and some might feel pity for you and upvote? (And then remove your own downvote, of course.) – Arjan Jan 29 '14 at 19:59
  • @Arjan: It was supposed to be a funny comment. I failed :-| – Amal Murali Jan 29 '14 at 20:02

If YOU want to down-vote your own question, you don't need to worry ... there will be TONS of down-votes (because the question probably deserve it).

Also, cost to spend on this change (code)

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