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So, there's a answer which I had upvoted quite some time ago that is now out of date. Since almost no one is currently paying attention to it, and I'd like to reverse my upvote to a downvote, I suggested an edit to highlight the parts that were out of date. It should also be noted that this answer is the top-voted answer for the question.

The review is here. Now, I understand the edit rejection reasons. But, the answerer hasn't been online since he or she posted that answer, and I'm still stuck in being unable to reverse my vote. I could update the answer to make it more accurate again, but I would be completely changing it, which is it's own reason for rejection. What are my options?

  • Strongly related, but different since I can't undo my upvote without an edit: meta.gaming.stackexchange.com/questions/10765/… – Ellesedil May 11 '16 at 21:03
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    The stack exchange network makes it so you have 5 minuets to undo an up-vote; but once vote has been changed, you cannot change it again. – TwentyCharMax May 11 '16 at 22:20
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    @Alex: I'm very aware of this. My upvote was locked in last year. Since the answer is now wrong (it was originally correct), I want to reverse my upvote. – Ellesedil May 11 '16 at 22:21
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    Anyhow, am I to assume by the downvotes that I have no options and we're stuck with a question that has a top-voted answer which is wrong? Awesome. I'm sure that's exactly how Stack Exchange is supposed to work. – Ellesedil May 11 '16 at 22:23
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    it's a year old question, why are you upset? – TwentyCharMax May 11 '16 at 22:27
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    @Alex: What does the question's age have to do with anything? If I were to ask the same question right now, it'd be marked as a duplicate. We're supposed to be curating answers so that they are a source of knowledge for other users that have similar questions. But, I have no tools to do so because any edits I could make would be rejected, and I don't even have the ability to downvote the answer because I previously upvoted it. I'm asking what I can do about this. If the answer is "nothing", then simply say so. – Ellesedil May 11 '16 at 22:30
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    @Alex part of this site's modus operandi is the constant curation of the content presented here. We are not a forum where old content is left alone to slowly become out of date. @ Ellesedil - you should instead write an up to date answer, and leave a comment on the out of date answer – Robotnik May 11 '16 at 23:24
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    @Robotnik: I actually have an answer on the question already that I wrote last year, which I have since updated. I originally left a comment on the out of date answer, but then deleted it because I realized that the author of that answer isn't active and is unlikely to notice the notification. I guess the comment could help for those who come upon the question somehow. The only problem there is that my upvote is still stuck. – Ellesedil May 11 '16 at 23:32
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    other users would still see the comment.. – user106385 May 12 '16 at 1:51
  • @Timelord64 yes, I thought I said that. I also then left a comment. I'd still like my upvote back, though. – Ellesedil May 12 '16 at 1:53
  • Unfortunetly, at present your simply not entitle to it. – user106385 May 12 '16 at 2:13
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Come on now. Editing in out of date disclaimers is about the only tool we have left to mark obsolete information, as a startling portion of the user base would rather simply let old, incorrect information stand, rather than actually caring about site curation and pruning them. I have edited in your disclaimer. It will probably get rolled back, because double standards, but feel free to reverse your up vote.

  • Thanks. I'm satisfied, even if it is rolled back. I simply wanted to correct the situation, but had no way to do so. It'd be nice if we could figure out an actual solution rather than waiting for a high rep user to come by and make an edit. – Ellesedil May 12 '16 at 3:31
  • While I'm definitely not a fan of such a unilateral action, I'm not going to roll it back. Just register my disapproval of such an action when its under discussion. – Frank May 13 '16 at 19:58
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If an answer is out of date in a minor way (perhaps just a few underlying numbers have changed in a patch) just edit the new information in. If an answer is out of date in a major way - e.g. the mechanics discussed have been significantly changed or removed - then I see no problem with just making a new answer while pointing out that the other answer is out of date. I don't not being able to reverse a vote is worth making an edit that undermines the answer.

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