I find the user experience of having to click the same arrow (up or down) to undo a vote counter-intuitive. I would expect to click the opposite arrow to undo a vote i.e. if I have up-voted I would expect to click the down arrow to undo my vote.

Maybe it's just me, but this gets me regularly.

Would it be possible (in addition to the existing undo behaviour) to make clicking down and up arrows decrement and increment by 1 respectively when a vote has already been cast. In this way I suspect undoing votes would work more intuitively for a bunch of users.

  • yea i don't like that – andrewk Jan 19 '11 at 5:41
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    Wow, down votes and no comments. Strangely enough, I expected more on meta. – chibacity Jan 19 '11 at 9:26
  • @Chibacity ~ Welcome to MSO. Things work differently here for some reason (no, there's a reason, just that you'll have to read a lot more meta posts to fully grok it) ... downvotes mean ["I disagree" || "this is a bad suggestion" || "wtf r u thinkin mate?"] ... you don't always get explanations here, not by a long shot. ~~~ On the upshot, things get upvoted a little more liberally so you stand a chance of getting upvoted more often here. – jcolebrand Jan 19 '11 at 14:48
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    @drachenstern Cheers for the headsup. Expectations duly recalibrated. :) – chibacity Jan 19 '11 at 14:52
  • Hurrah! Please fix this, I didn't know it was eve possible to neutralise a vote, and I have been on SX for quite some time! – danixd Feb 4 '11 at 15:34
  • @danixd I am embarrassed to admit that I had been using SO for a long time before I worked out that you had to click the same arrow again. I found what I thought was the correct behaviour just plain confusing. I am guessing that there is a silent minority of users who just don't get it and think WTF! – chibacity Feb 4 '11 at 15:47

I propose as a solution that clicking either arrow will "reset" the vote. This to me makes more sense anyways.

Note: "reset" is seen (by me) as different than "increment or decrement the vote counter"

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    Personally I think it makes sense exactly the way it is; I don't know what website has the "downvote cancels upvote" convention, but that's kind of weird. If I want to reverse a vote I'd rather not click the new arrow twice – Michael Mrozek Jan 19 '11 at 4:41
  • @Michael Just the way my mind works .... – jcolebrand Jan 19 '11 at 4:42
  • If I were increasing or decreasing a number, then clicking a +1 arrow to cancel out a -1 arrow would make sense. However I am not increasing or decreasing a number. I am toggling my reaction to a post, and thus toggling the down arrow by clicking it again makes total sense (it is an option I can light up or snuff out, not a button that does a subtraction). Likewise if I click the up arrow that means I want the "I like this answer" beacon to be lit, and to allow this the downvote beacon must be quenched. – doppelgreener Jan 19 '11 at 5:52
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    @Jonathan @Michael I am not suggesting that the existing behaviour is illogical. I can see that it works for you: great. I am suggesting that for some people it is counter-intuitive. Some things are just experienced differently by different people. I am describing a change that would work for multiple sets of users. You will still experience the feature in the existing way. This potentially broadens the church in terms of a good UX without affecting you. In my mind, that is a good result. – chibacity Jan 19 '11 at 9:22
  • @drachenstern Good point re. reset. Including detail on increment and decrement was a bit too literal on my part. But yes, I agree that clicking any of the arrows once a vote has been cast should undo the vote. – chibacity Jan 19 '11 at 9:23
  • @chibacity It does affect me; now clicking one arrow and then clicking the other arrow doesn't do what I expect; it cancels my vote instead of reversing it. Once you've voted there are two buttons, one for "cancel vote" and one for "switch vote direction" -- you're proposing we change them both to "cancel vote" – Michael Mrozek Feb 4 '11 at 15:54
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    @Michael You are quite right, I had only been thinking of the "cancel" use-case - good point. I suspect though that there are many users who are not undoing their down-votes to neutral (i.e. no vote) though, because those users press the up arrow and it goes from "-1" to "+1" which is not what they want. I am one of those users who took absolutely ages to work out you had to press the same arrow twice. I know this might look dumb, but if there are a significant number of users that have the same issue it is a UX problem. – chibacity Feb 4 '11 at 15:59
  • well, you can plea your case here as well: meta.ux.stackexchange.com/questions/382/undo-vote-expectancy but the data is weak – Jeff Atwood Jun 14 '11 at 11:22

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