Due to confusion in the way I previously worded this question, I am rewriting it for clarity and possible steps to reproduce

  • Received a push notification of a comment on my answer
  • Swiped to read comment, (launching app)
  • Switched tab from Answers to Question
  • Tried to upvote the question
  • Received error:

    You can't vote for your own post

Again, I tried to upvote a question to which I'd posted an answer but I did not ask the question.

This failed in the iOS app, but did work on the website.

Link to question: Continue to read in file after if statement

Edit: reproducable, now with screenshot:

You can just barely make out at the bottom of frame that the user I'm trying to vote on is not me! But I did get to this page via my answer.

  • provide us with the question you were trying to answer Feb 11, 2014 at 4:20
  • @PrototypeStark edited question with link
    – mhlester
    Feb 11, 2014 at 4:24
  • @mhlester did you downvote the question before trying to upvote?
    – user215192
    Feb 11, 2014 at 4:31
  • @Raghunandan, nope. I only tried to upvote, and only on the app. I just tried in browser and it worked. Definitely a problem exclusive to the app
    – mhlester
    Feb 11, 2014 at 4:33
  • @mhlester if you feel its a bug or a you need to request a feature ask a question on metag with android-app tag.
    – user215192
    Feb 11, 2014 at 4:49
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    @mhlester I have seen this error previously, and this usecase should help me track it down... I'll post any updates once I find a fix. Feb 11, 2014 at 13:26

1 Answer 1


The problem was that, coming from the inbox, we only had an answer identifier available, without the corresponding question identifier . This was causing the voting logic to wrongly assume we need to upvote/downvote the answer instead of the question. That's why you were getting that error – the app was actually trying to upvote your own answer!

This has been fixed and will be available in tonight's build.

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