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Why can’t I change my vote if the post has been edited during the initial 5mn grace period ?

I had down-voted somebody for a very short, unhelpful answer.

After about 5 minutes I came back to see that he had improved his answer. I attempted to change my vote, but found that the my vote was "too old to be changed."

I looked at the age of the question and it said "Answered 6 minutes ago."

Shouldn't this scenario allow me to change my vote?

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    Duplicate: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/23701/…
    – Perpetual Motion Goat
    Feb 8, 2010 at 16:23
  • Hrm, I searched and didn't find a dupe. I guess I just didn't know what to search for. Anyways, maybe this deserves a revisit? Feb 8, 2010 at 17:01
  • If this was a matter of posting a short unhelpful answer just to get a slot in the upper region of the answers, then this still deserves the downvote, if you'd ask me...
    – Arjan
    Feb 8, 2010 at 17:27
  • don't worry, I made the same mistake (meta.stackexchange.com/questions/26254/…) That's how I spotted the dupe. The automatic "related questions" search is optimized for SO, it doesn't work quite so well on meta.
    – Perpetual Motion Goat
    Feb 8, 2010 at 18:24

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This has been reported before, and Jeff tagged it as status-bydesign. This is unfortunate because it is awkward for whoever posted the erroneous answer. Do you fix it quickly (meaning the downvoter cannot cancel their vote) or leave it for 5 minutes (attracting more downvotes?)


If the edit happens in the first five minutes, then it counts as being originally written then, and you won't get a chance at a revote.

Jeff has just changed the vote timer to five minutes to coincide with the edit timer, as per his answer here.

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