When voting to delete a question one gets thrown a pop-up to confirm their choice. This is in the general style of your browser.

Since recently one is also able to retract their delete vote.

Today I thought I was voting to delete a post, only to find out that I apparently already did so and had now retracted my delete vote.

The pop-up to delete a post looks like this:

A gray pop-up that reads: "Vote to delete this post? (X votes remaining)"

The pop-up to retract a delete vote looks like this:

A gray pop-up that reads: "Retract your vote to delete? You won't be able to vote again on this post.

Especially since users are accustomed to simply clicking OK on these pop-ups when voting to delete, one can become blind for the text in it, just like I experienced today.

Can something be done to better distinguish the two pop-ups?

Perhaps create them in the same way the close voting dialogue works?

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    ... and while they're at it, migrate it to Stacks :)
    – Glorfindel Mod
    Oct 28, 2021 at 8:28
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    This has fooled me more than once in a few days - I really hope this feature request gets heard.
    – Doc Brown
    Jan 5, 2022 at 14:30
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    I keep running into this. Early in the day I'll see a post that needs deletion and cast a delete vote. Later in the day I'll see it again and Delete (2) beneath it, but I'll have forgotten I already cast a vote on it. Instead of committing a third delete vote to get the thing gone, I wind up setting it back to just Delete (1). Jun 17, 2022 at 10:33
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    @doppelgreener you don't read the text in the dialog?! ;-) Jul 27, 2022 at 7:02

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I'd go with a custom dialog, like we already have for retracting close votes and when confirming reopen votes:

retract delete vote custom dialog mockup

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    Pondering if it should be more explicit and say: "You won't be able to delete vote again on this post"... Oct 28, 2021 at 11:00
  • @Jon well, took the text as-is for sake of mockup. Oct 28, 2021 at 11:05
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    I know... just throwing it out there :p Oct 28, 2021 at 11:16
  • Howdy make the mockups? Nov 12, 2021 at 17:12
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    @VScode_fanboy developer tools of the browser. Nov 12, 2021 at 17:38
  • Dialog is fine but what we really need is a different action link! Either the color should change once we have voted, or the text should become "Retract delete vote" or a small checkmark could be added so that you are able to tell the difference.
    – MrUpsidown
    Jun 28, 2022 at 12:39
  • @MrUpsidown well action links stay the same, and it's fine. "close" link does not change after you vote to close, for example. Jun 28, 2022 at 13:08
  • Yes. Which might be why I happen to click multiple times every day on the "close" link to only find out I have already close-voted a specific question. It's fine. - No, I don't think it is. It is bad UX. But I agree with you; both links have the same issue.
    – MrUpsidown
    Jun 28, 2022 at 13:38
  • @MrUpsidown well that's worthy of a new feature request then, asking to change "close" and "delete" links once you voted to close and/or delete. I have idea in mind for how it should look like, so if you post such request let me know. Jun 28, 2022 at 15:01
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    @ShadowWizardSaysNoMoreWar Here we go: meta.stackoverflow.com/questions/418996/…
    – MrUpsidown
    Jun 29, 2022 at 8:00
  • Late reply here, and I fully support the concept @MrUpsidown refers to (hoping this somehow brings some attention again). BUT, I wouldn't go for a drastic change in the ui (link>button), rather a visual clue. I believe that it's quite important, especially considering an extremely common usage at this point in time: touch-based devices. It shouldn't change its appearance, but still I wouldn't be able to wait for its tooltip if I'm on my phone: there's no "hover", it should be an immediate visual hint. What if you just add an icon, similarly to edited comments, but only visible to the author? Jan 12, 2023 at 4:49

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