This seems a no-brainer: Remove voting buttons for logged-on user's posts.

If there were no buttons on my posts, there wouldn't be a need for the "You can't vote for your own post" message, because it would be impossible to vote for your own post.

The way it currently stands is actually nonsensical, because you can vote for your own post - there's a button right there and I can click it - but when I vote for my post I get an error message.

Put another way, there's an active control presented to the user that will always and can only produce an error. I'm not a UX design expert, but that doesn't sound like good design to me.

Notwithstanding a backend check to prevent malicious calls.

  • @shog How about greyed out then?
    – Bohemian
    Jan 28, 2017 at 2:48
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    I think the intent here is to not discourage you from clicking, since when you click you get an explanation for why you can't vote. Contrast with the UI areas that are greyed out (edit comes to mind...) where - even though you can still get an explanation by clicking / hovering - folks instead come here to ask why they can't click. (and yes, we're terribly inconsistent here, probably because different people designed different parts of the UI and didn't compare notes / thought they knew better / just didn't care)
    – Shog9
    Jan 28, 2017 at 2:49
  • @shog I still don't think it's a good idea. I don't think it takes a genius to figure out why there are no voting buttons on your own posts. Have you A/B tested it?
    – Bohemian
    Jan 28, 2017 at 3:01
  • @Shog any chance to explain the rejection of the original feature request with an answer there? Jan 28, 2017 at 7:22


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