If I vote up a question or answer and later decide to vote it down (if I changed my mind or it was a mistake), it votes it down by 2 points.

This means that after the upvote the votes are 1, after the downvote the votes are -1. Should the votes not be 0 after doing this?

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Unless I've misunderstood what you're saying, this is normal.

What is happening is:

  1. The post starts on 0.

  2. You upvote it (0 → 1).

  3. You then remove your upvote (1 → 0) and downvote (0 → -1) in one action by swapping your upvote for a downvote.

  4. Final score is no upvotes and one downvote, so a total of -1.

If you just want to remove a vote, then you can just press the highlighted arrow - this will remove the vote as though it never happened (so would be just the 1 → 0 action from the sequence above).

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    That's right. I did not realize to vote down a question because you upvoted my mistake, you have to vote him up again. A little bit counter intuitive but it is there. May be a helpful message if someone does it would be helpful. – hk_ Nov 8 '11 at 16:48
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    @Dave It's similar to a toggle button: You need to press it again to release, not unlike the vote buttons here. – Daniel Beck Nov 8 '11 at 18:24

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