Rather than show a pop-up when you try to vote your own question or answer up or down, just don't show the vote buttons - much like how there's no upvote button on your own comments.

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    I think showing the buttons to unregistered visitors without a cookie is even more pointless...
    – Daniel Beck Mod
    Aug 17, 2012 at 20:03
  • Doesn't it ask them to sign up so they can vote @DanielBeck?
    – Ivo Flipse
    Aug 18, 2012 at 12:47
  • @IvoFlipse It's the only privilege that aggressively advertised no people who cannot use it though. There's no flag, close, delete or protect either if you don't have the rep for it. Downvoting is a real privilege though, and that's not even shown in the error message...
    – Daniel Beck Mod
    Aug 18, 2012 at 12:53
  • What's the convention on accepting answers on a feature request like this?
    – ChimneyImp
    Aug 21, 2012 at 18:33
  • @ChimneyImp: You can still accept any answer you want, if the feature is implemented, your question will be re-tagged. Oct 18, 2012 at 18:13

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I agree with ChimneyImp. Not many new users come in to Meta to ask that, and those that do will find out very quickly that they simply can't vote on their own question


It has been asked already on the main Meta site (several times)... and declined by the Dev team. So I don't think it will change now.

You can find a GreaseMonkey script on the main question, if you want to remove them for yourself.

  • Thanks for the Greasemonkey Script.
    – ChimneyImp
    Aug 23, 2012 at 16:55

Yes this is a great idea then we just have to update out FAQ with this that

You can't upvote your own post even it is answer or question

Or community can point out with a separate FAQ like

Why I'm unable to see the Vote button on my own post while others posts I can?

and the answer could be more powerful then mine

You can't vote to your own post so you are not able to see those buttons for your own posts.


I don't even have enough rep to upvote your question, but I would. I guess it should also be said that if the user does not have enough rep then the upvote button should not be shown

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    I disagree, because how else would they know they are eventually expected tovote? Aug 20, 2012 at 4:33

Having the buttons there provides the option for a learning experience.

You click them once (just for fun, of course), and it instantly tells you that you can't do that.

Lesson learned, all is good.

If the buttons were not there in the first place, you might wonder why they aren't there.

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    It would be interesting to see how many people would actually ask why they can't upvote their own question. Though each time it came up I would incrementally lose faith in humanity.
    – rtf
    Aug 17, 2012 at 18:51
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    Even when you kept them, for the sake of UI consistency it should at least show the difference between being able to click them or not. And yes, they do have that in there system as the read-only version of the site has different vote buttons... Aug 17, 2012 at 19:23

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