Is there a way to undo when voting up (or down)?

If not, it would be useful.

  • Clicking the arrow again does not work? Jul 27, 2010 at 7:33
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    @Bobby, Does not work for comments. Jul 27, 2010 at 8:02
  • @jia3ep but comments are not having downvote.
    – Himadri
    Jul 27, 2010 at 8:58
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    @Himadri, comments are have an upvote, and it is impossible to undo it. Jul 29, 2010 at 19:07
  • @aparente001 that is not a discussion. It's a pure support question, and maybe a feature request in case the feature doesn't exist yet. Dec 5, 2015 at 8:20
  • @ShadowWizard - So how do I make a feature request? Dec 5, 2015 at 17:00
  • @aparente001 by tagging as feature-request, but in this case it's not a feature request since the feature already exists. (And existed when the question was originally asked) Dec 5, 2015 at 17:07
  • @ShadowWizard - The feature exists? I thought the answer was that after five minutes you can't change the accidental vote. Dec 5, 2015 at 17:12
  • @aparente001 question here does not mention time, so yes such feature exists. There were numerous requests since then to remove the limit and let us undo without any limits, which are indeed feature requests. (As they ask to change behavior of an existing feature) Dec 5, 2015 at 17:15
  • I don't remember why I closed this as duplicate, but I was wrong as the question here is not about limits, just how to do that. Reopening. Aug 6, 2016 at 9:17

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Try clicking the vote button again. You've got 5 minutes to change your mind, after that you can't change your vote, unless the entry has been edited.

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    Grace period is the same as the editing window, 5 minutes.
    – Andy E
    Jul 27, 2010 at 9:18
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    Thanks, grace period was throwing me off.
    – Unreason
    Aug 2, 2010 at 13:33
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    Looks like going Back in the browser, or refreshing, might also nullify the grace period: I accidentally upvoted the wrong comment and refreshed, and could not undo it, despite the (presumed) 5 minute window not having closed.
    – appas
    Nov 24, 2011 at 20:35
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    Doesn't work for me. I upvoted every comment here and cannot IMMEDIATELY unvote, even though the cursesr changes to an action one. System info: Chromium on Ubuntu 32bit. Dec 5, 2011 at 18:13
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    Grace period doesn't make sense to me. I came back to an item 18 HOURS later, after realizing that what was presented as a solution was only valid for a narrow problem set. So, useless to me. But there's my up vote, cast in stone. Also: "up again" as undo, is UI-design broken.
    – fortboise
    Dec 7, 2011 at 19:26
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    @fortboise, the vote lock is the result of some gaming the system.
    – Arjan
    Dec 27, 2011 at 12:12
  • Thank you for explaining, and the link. I see in the comments of that thread that no one other than the implementers thought it was a good idea either. Gaming patterns should be detected and fixed without breaking the core functionality, which is providing for an accurate tally of endorsements. If status is so valuable that people are willing to game the system, maybe status needs to be downvoted.
    – fortboise
    Dec 28, 2011 at 16:49
  • I agree the locking it in is a bad idea. But my main comment on the other thread,
    – studgeek
    Mar 21, 2012 at 19:26
  • I do not understand the system which does not allow me to revoke my upvote, but allows to change my upvote to downvote! I do not want to downvote, I just want to revoke my upvote. - it just turned out that the answer which seemed to be a solution didn't prove to be one, but it took one day to figure it out.
    – Paul
    Jun 14, 2013 at 11:23
  • @Paul you got it wrong. After 5 minutes, and until an edit is made, you can't change your vote, meaning neither just undoing it nor reverse it to the other type of vote Dec 5, 2015 at 8:24
  • @ShadowWizard I wrote this some years ago. Today I know how this unlogical UI works. Expected: click down arrow to revoke upvote, click again to downvote. In reality: click upvote again to revoke it. After 5 minutes no vote change could be made.
    – Paul
    Dec 5, 2015 at 9:56
  • @Paul sounds logical go me but guess each and his own view. Dec 5, 2015 at 10:00

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