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Remove vote UI elements beside own question and answer posts

Since users can't vote for their own questions, what's the point of having the voting arrows. Sometimes I leave a number of tabs open, most often with questions I've asked so that I can check their progress for answers. I've inadvertently tried to up/downvote my own questions a few times (ones that I had forgotten I had asked).

I propose that it might be less confusing to remove the up/down vote arrows on your own questions.
1. You will quickly see that this is your own post. 2. It will confuse newbies less.

  • It doesn't help with the "newbies" issue, but this sounds like a job for Greasemonkey.
    – Margaret
    Commented Jun 5, 2010 at 0:57

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Of course, then we'll get questions about "why doesn't this post have voting arrows?!"

I believe it's better to show standard consistent UI, then tell the user why they can't do something, rather than hiding it.

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    I see your point, thanks for responding so quickly Jeff.
    – Daisetsu
    Commented Jun 6, 2010 at 9:14
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    I have to disagree with this philosophy. Why not keep the arrows, but gray them out (or something) so they look disabled? You can still pop up a message if you try to click them explaining the situation.
    – shawkinaw
    Commented Mar 21, 2012 at 21:31
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    If consistency is the goal, then why are voting arrows hidden for a user's own comments, but not for that user's own questions and answers?
    – LSpice
    Commented Aug 9, 2018 at 12:17

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