I answered What is the difference between hosts and hosts.deny? with a one-line answer (first line of my answer, basically RTFM).

I got downvoted to -2 for my answer.

I Edited and improved my answer (IMHO).

Will the downvotes go away? Will the downvoters be told I changed my answer?

If the answers are (No, No), why would one update one's own bad answer?

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    Commented Jul 28, 2016 at 16:37

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Answer is No and No. Downvotes are given by users and only users can remove those. Alternative is to delete the answer. You can also ask moderator or higher-rep user for review.


You are asking "why would one update one's own bad answer?"

To state it simply: I rather don't have a bad answer with my name under it.

Apart from this there is another point: When you edit your answer the post will (as having new activity) be moved forward and more people will see your (now hopefully good) answer - so you will collect more reputation than you had lost before.

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