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“Vote too old to be changed”… but I haven’t voted!

I can't vote on this question I get the "Vote to old to be changed" message even though I never voted on it. Clicking on the score shows no up- or down-votes at all.

Screen capture in Mac is all black

Edit: I think I understand what happened. I first saw the question and upvoted it, I then realised the owner of the question was not a member of SU (migrated from SO) and removed my vote. (I usually don't bother with questions with no owner). Later I came back and found that the user had registered and wanted to place my vote and encounter the error message.

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    The system begs to differ: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/18360/…
    – random
    Commented Feb 1, 2010 at 14:35
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    If you voted and immediately rescinded the vote it won't show up on the question, but it will count as a vote and start the clock.
    – ChrisF
    Commented Feb 1, 2010 at 14:40
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    Again with the usability issues Atwood refuses to fix because he'd have to admit he's wrong about something...
    – Weblog
    Commented Feb 1, 2010 at 14:42
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    @random - the system does not beg, it conquers.
    – Pollyanna
    Commented Feb 1, 2010 at 19:29

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If you vote, then revert the vote, you'll still get this message.
Don't ask me why.

  • it's because undoing votes is the #1 cause of reputation exploits in the system. Commented Feb 1, 2010 at 19:55
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    @Jeff: But once the vote has been undone why can't it be re-done?
    – SLaks
    Commented Feb 1, 2010 at 20:24
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    The ultra-short window for reversing votes should have minimized this exploit to a minimum now. It's now virtually impossible to strategically downvote with any success.
    – Ether
    Commented Feb 1, 2010 at 20:40

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