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I accidently rated this question up, and can't remove it (due to insufficient reputation, I think). Is there anything I can do? I feel very foolish at the moment, to say the least!

I also wasn't sure what to tag this as. I'm sure it's not a bug but it seemed most fitting with a perfunctory glance at the list.

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    $\begingroup$ Your vote is locked unless the question is edited, if memory serves. Your vote is also invisible, so you shouldn't feel foolish! $\endgroup$ – Akhil Mathew Jan 7 '11 at 1:32
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There is a five minute undo window to change a vote; after that the vote is locked in unless the underlying post is edited.

This is because there are a lot of exploits around long vote undo windows, or changing votes frequently.

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    $\begingroup$ Have those exploits actually been seen in nature? $\endgroup$ – Mariano Suárez-Álvarez Jan 7 '11 at 3:53
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    $\begingroup$ @mariano where there are "no elephants" signs you can generally safely assume there have been problems with elephants. $\endgroup$ – Jeff Atwood Jan 7 '11 at 8:41
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    $\begingroup$ with that philosophy, I guess we are all fortunate that you are here and not turned to politics, for example, or organizing Inquisitions! $\endgroup$ – Mariano Suárez-Álvarez Jan 7 '11 at 16:13

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