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I'm not sure if this is still the case, but I've noticed several times that an up-vote or a down-vote gets locked in (after 5 hours or something). Does the same thing happen with "accept"s as well?

Anyhoo, I fail to see the logic behind this. Many times, I've been convinced prematurely by an answer or misinterpreted an answer so that I vote it the wrong way. I come back 5 hours later only to realize I can't change my opinion of the answer. What's the rationale behind having this lock-in time? Wouldn't it be a lot better to not have it at all?

Not a big issue really, but it would be neater to have "correct" answers at least look like they're popular.

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closed as off topic by dmckee Apr 24 '11 at 21:32

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  • $\begingroup$ This has been heavily discussed on the mother meta. (Note, since you have edit power there is a workaround. Just make some minor edit to the post in question and you get a chance to change your vote.) $\endgroup$ – dmckee Apr 24 '11 at 21:30
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    $\begingroup$ Of course adding a minor edit to the post gives it another step towards mandatory community wiki status. $\endgroup$ – Carl Brannen Apr 25 '11 at 0:42
  • $\begingroup$ I will just mention that there's no "lock-in" for accepting an answer - but dmckee's right, this is something to be discussed on the main meta site. $\endgroup$ – David Z Apr 25 '11 at 1:02
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    $\begingroup$ accepts are not locked, however, you can't accept "too fast" and you can only change accepts once per day. $\endgroup$ – Jeff Atwood Apr 28 '11 at 3:44
  • $\begingroup$ Agreed, this is counter-productive and illogical $\endgroup$ – endolith May 3 '11 at 2:49

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