I understand (without agreeing with) the vote-locking for answers. But is tactical downvoting a problem for questions? Or is that just a technical accident: all voting uses the same system, so vote locking goes for all votes, answers or questions?

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    What are you even asking ?
    – jcolebrand
    May 15 '11 at 1:25
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    The OP is asking why we can't change votes on questions without editing, since tactical voting can't happen on questions.
    – waiwai933
    May 15 '11 at 4:24

Tactical down-voting has never been a problem with questions, as far as I know. The front page doesn't sort the questions by the vote, and the page at /questions by default doesn't do that either.



If the tactical down-voting would have the purpose of getting more up-votes for your own questions, it would not have any effect, as down-voting other questions doesn't hide them (except when the questions reach a specific negative score; in that case, they would not shown on the front page). If the purpose of the tactical down-voting is to get more up-votes for the answers given to the down-voted question, that is not necessary the effect the down-vote would get, but that could be said also about down-voting competing answers. If this would be a repeated pattern, then it would be a reason for blocking the votes on questions after X minutes, even if down-voters now don't get any penalization for down-voting a question.

The code that checks if you are allowed to change your vote for a question is probably the same that checks if you are allowed to change your vote for an answer. I don't think there is a reason to change the code for votes given to questions, also because tactical down-voting is not the only reason for blocking votes after 5 minutes, IMO.

Votes on questions and answers are blocked after 5 minutes they have been casted; that gives you enough time to change your mind, if you notice that you voted a question/answer that didn't deserve any vote. After that, you should have a good reason to change your vote. If the question/answer has been edited, and you don't think the question/answer is not good anymore, that would be a reason to decline the vote.

In which cases would you need to remove the vote given to a question after 5 minutes you casted the vote? For an answer, it could happen that a new more complete answer is given, and you want to remove the vote you gave to the other answer to make the new one more prominent. That would be not true for a question, as the pages listing questions don't sort them by their score, by default.

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    "only reason"... so, what is the reason for locking votes on questions, specifically? "You should have"... is the system trying to nanny us, to "build character" (to quote Calvin's Dad)? I just don't see an acceptable reason. May 15 '11 at 9:32
  • @jae There isn't a difference between voting questions, and voting answers. I don't think it's a good idea to allow a vote change without the question/answer being edited. If somebody needs to change the vote after 2 hours, then maybe the vote was casted without to effectively consider if the question was worth being voted. You cannot vote two comments in raw in a 5 seconds time frame, and you cannot remove a vote you casted on a comment. The reason of that is not tactical down-voting; maybe the same reason applies to blocking a question vote after 5 minutes.
    – apaderno
    May 15 '11 at 17:38
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    This doesn't answer the question at all.
    – endolith
    May 10 '12 at 1:29
  • @endolith The question is But is tactical downvoting a problem for questions? I answered that.
    – apaderno
    Oct 25 '17 at 11:22

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