I understand that undoing a downvote after the grace-period is denied for strategic reasons (explained here: Unable to undo downvote).

But what if your downvote was just an accident which you did not notice right away? I'd like to make up for my bad vote and I do not care about the points.

Would it be possible to allow an upvote to compensate for the downvote but without regaining the reputation points spent for downvoting?

EDIT: Sorry for the confusion. I was just talking about voting on answers.

Okay, the real reason for vote locking may be another than I assumed, but it does not matter for this discussion: What negative consequences are to be expected, if upvoting (for compensating accidentical, locked downvotes) was allowed? (The upvote would of course get locked, too.)

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    But what about questions? Downvoting them cost no rep. – Shadow Wizard Wearing Mask Aug 30 '17 at 6:56
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    That's one of the reasons to finish reading and understand the post carefully before voting... (I did some accidental votes too though). I could only suggest to (wait for/suggest an) edit the post and try to improve anything at all, then to re-vote accordingly. – Meta Andrew T. Aug 30 '17 at 8:13
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    "undoing a downvote after the grace-period is denied for strategic reasons" Many users think that votes are locked to prevent strategic downvoting, but actually that's not true. The real reasons for the votes being locked is explained here (not that I agree with it, but that's why the moderators decided that votes should be locked). – Donald Duck Aug 30 '17 at 11:01
  • I think it would work. Although a little bit of random downs is known and so or so accepted by the community. And I think, if you really-really check any post, maybe you can find some way to improve it. After you improved it, you can change your vote. – peterh - Reinstate Monica Aug 31 '17 at 20:28

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