I down voted a question and tried to undo my down vote as it was not right. So I tried to undo my vote to which a box appeared and said

This question is voted 48 minutes ago. Your vote is locked in unless the question is edited

So does it mean I would not be able to vote unless the question is edited?

If I can vote again, when will be the time?

Does it apply to down votes only or up votes too?


As it says, your vote cannot be changed unless the question changes. This is to stop people voting up and down all the time I guess. If the question changes you have a chance to modify your original vote. Yes, it applies to up and downvotes equally - and also applies to voting on answers.

FYI. Stack-exchange functionality questions can be found on meta.stackoverflow.com. For example this question has been asked and answered below:

Is there a way to cancel the downvote?

  • That meta post doesn't get into the reason but yes, it is to keep people from engaging in tactical down-voting where users down-vote other posts to push theirs to the top, giving it some sort of advantage in the early voting. Once you cast a vote, there is only a short period of time where you can change it... unless the post is edited. Oct 29 '12 at 21:14
  • @RobertCartaino - thanks for that clarification. That makes a lot of sense, even if I am slightly surprised that people try to game the system like that.
    – iandotkelly Mod
    Oct 29 '12 at 21:19

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