I upvoted a question, it later got closed as a duplicate so I wanted to undo my vote and it was locked.

Shouldn't the insertion of that content count as an edit? Or even the act of being closed (as whatever reason)?

  • The purpose of voting up is to distinguish "useful and clear" questions, just because a question is a duplicate doesn't make it useless or unclear. Why do you want to change/remove your vote? – Andy E Aug 31 '10 at 14:03
  • +1, but not for taking back an vote but a down vote, see here. – Tobias Kienzler Aug 31 '10 at 14:10
  • @Andy, because I wanted to move my upvote to the original -- regardless of my reason, should that insertion count? – juan Aug 31 '10 at 14:51
  • I can see what you're saying - the content of the post has changed so maybe it should be an edit. But It's not really extra content in the sense that the question has changed. I also agree with devinb's answer - it could be the difference between a post being wiki or not. – Andy E Aug 31 '10 at 15:17
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    A discussion that can't be reproduced? A feature request that can't be reproduced either? – Braiam Oct 16 '14 at 11:36

No, it should not be considered an edit. Edits are for when users have changed the content. When a "duplicate entry" tag is added, it is a note to other users, but the content was still not edited by some user.

This also affects whether or not it turns into CW.

But there is really no advantage to have it count as an edit, except to people who want to change their votes. But votes should be based on the question and not the general context.

If you feel that strongly about it, just manually do a null edit, and remove your upvote.

  • Indeed! The closing as a duplicate does not affect it turning to CW. Which is likewise a good thing, though unfortunately editing the post post-reopening to remove it would count. – Grace Note Aug 31 '10 at 15:00
  • > But votes should be based on the question and not the general context. -- I see it like adding an answer, I would not add an answer to the duplicate, but to the original; it's the same with my vote IMO – juan Aug 31 '10 at 15:46
  • @Juan, I know and I sympatize. but the fact that you're doing it right doesn't mean that I would assume the general populace does it the same way. – devinb Aug 31 '10 at 15:47

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