When there is significant disagreement on an answer, it is often the case that it will have a net score of 0, or 1, or -1. This is a bit misleading, because the actual votes on the answer might be -6/+5, but only the -1 score is visible. Once you have enough rep you can click and see the +/- votes (that's actually my favorite feature!) but not everyone has this ability, and not everyone who has it uses it all the time... I only tend to use it when I already think there is probably disagreement on a post (either from comments or because I think it's wrong) and I'm curious how others voted.
So, would it be worthwhile to have an indicator of some sort that an answer is highly disputed? The actual threshold for "highly disputed" would be up for debate, but when an answer has a significant enough number of votes to be judged as voted on by a "sample" of the userbase and when the upvotes and downvotes are really close to each other (as in my -6/+5 example) it's pretty clear at that point that the voters do not agree that the answer is correct. But this isn't obvious without seeing the vote breakdowns, and we might have a case of -5/+7, where the answer has net +2 votes and so the casual viewer thinks the answer is correct, even though it's highly disputed.
I don't know exactly what this indicator would be; that can be a discussion for once we've decided if we need this or not. But I'm starting to think we kind of do, because the net vote count can be a bit misleading. Thoughts?
To be clear, I am not suggesting that we display the +/- vote breakdown by default on disputed questions. I'm just wondering if we need some kind of visual indication that there is a lot of disagreement among voters. (Perhaps we could also allow the score to be displayed on-click if the answer is disputed. But the actual logistics of how we'd do this aren't the point; we can iron that out before the feature-request :) I'm just curious if others agree that this is something we might need.)