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?

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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, 2012 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, 2012 at 21:19

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