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Having more than 1000 reputation points on Stack Overflow, I always am interested in seeing whether content with a lot of votes was at all controversial or has only up votes, like so:

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However, when I move to other Stack Exchange sites that I enjoy reading, but do not have sufficient reputation points to do this, I find myself deeply missing it. I can understand it's more of a feature frequent users will use, but may confuse new users. But is there anyway this could get enabled for all Stack Exchange sites if you have 1000 reputation points on any of them?

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No freebies! Earn the privilege! :) – Bart Jun 21 '13 at 18:37
@Bart - So you want us to abolish the association bonus? – Oded Jun 21 '13 at 18:38
@Oded So you actually listen to what I say? I've got to use that at some point... – Bart Jun 21 '13 at 18:39
@Bart - I hear what you say. Listen? Sometimes ;) – Oded Jun 21 '13 at 18:39
Or go find that script that lets you do it on all sites. – Doorknob Jun 21 '13 at 20:28
@Doorknob This one? – Clive Jun 21 '13 at 20:55
@Clive Yes, I was too lazy to find it :P – Doorknob Jun 21 '13 at 20:55
I don't care about other exchange sites, but couldn't we do it so if we have the privilege on SO, then we can have it here on meta? – TerryA Jun 22 '13 at 0:17… if on chrome. – ABC Jun 22 '13 at 8:12
@Oded I certainly want to abolish the association bonus in favour of making some privileges depend on the network reputation. – CodesInChaos Jun 22 '13 at 19:39

I have an issue with your claim:

but may confuse new users

How? If they are new, they will certainly not be exposed to this feature anywhere. They can only miss it if they have been exposed to it and only exposed to it if they are not new.

As for enabling it everywhere if you have over 1000 rep in one SE - I would say you need to be active in a site before you gain more privileges (above those gained for association bonus).

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I assumed it had a rep requirement only because new users will not understand the system enough to utilize it and therefore it may only confuse them. I disagree that this really qualifies as a 'privilege', since it only allows the user to get information but not actually affect the site in any way like say commenting, voting, and moderation does. – KDiTraglia Jun 21 '13 at 18:41
@KDiTraglia - One of the issues here is that of performance. It is expensive for us to get the two bits of information, much more so than just the score (which is denormalized). – Oded Jun 21 '13 at 18:43
They can only miss it if they have been exposed to it and only exposed to it if they are not new. - Couldn't agree more, I hate going to a SE site where I don't have enough rep and not being able to see the up/down votes – psubsee2003 Jun 21 '13 at 18:45
@psubsee2003 Even worse is not being able to insta-edit. – Undo Jun 22 '13 at 2:45
@Oded why not denormalize those two bits of information as well? It won't be expensive memory-wise (it's just two extra ints per post) or speed-wise (either you update one value, or two values in the same row) – Jan Dvorak Jun 22 '13 at 8:21
@JanDvorak - Not disagreeing with you, but doing so will take some effort and time and may require us to go offline (for populating the data), for little gain. I am not the expert on the technical specifics, however... – Oded Jun 22 '13 at 8:37
Concerning going offline - Google BigTable is able to generate new indexes on the fly: First, the index is and marked as being deployed. Any writes write to this index, even if it's not yet populated with the old data. Then, a job is launched to traverse existing entries and add them to the index. When the job finishes, it marks the index as being ready for use. This allows the queries to read from it. A similar process can be used when adding a new column to a relational database: update schema, update writers, run an asynchronous job to fill existing data, update readers, set column not null – Jan Dvorak Jun 22 '13 at 8:55
@JanDvorak - We are not using Google BigTable, but SQL Server. I know it also has online indexing options, but as I mentioned, I am not the team expert on the subject... – Oded Jun 22 '13 at 8:57
It's annoying to gain 1000 on 100 sites just to get access to the most basic features, especially since earning rep on small sites is much harder than on SO. – CodesInChaos Jun 22 '13 at 19:40

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