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I recently posted a question on SO which got an equal number of upvotes and downvotes. Therefore, the vote counter remained at zero.

I have enough rep to see the split +2/-2, but because the counter was showing zero I hadn't realised that people had voted.

Does the counter change its appearance at all once someone has voted? If not, perhaps it should, to highlight this fact?

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Aye nice suggestion. Its those little things that can change a lot :) – Ólafur Waage Feb 15 '11 at 11:39
I like that. Did anyone already look how many questions would be currently affected? – Filburt Feb 15 '11 at 11:42
Didn't you notice the change to your rep? +2/-2 is +16, and if you clicked your recent summary you'd see both up votes and down votes in the reputation tab. – Andy E Feb 15 '11 at 11:43
I did notice the change to my rep, but it hadn't occurred to me that it was for the question in question. I assumed it was from other questions - I've been quite active on SO recently so it would've got lost in the noise. – Rich Feb 15 '11 at 12:11
@Andy actually +2 and -2 means total of 6 reputation, upvote on question give only 5 points. :) – Shadow Wizard Feb 15 '11 at 12:53
up vote 0 down vote accepted

Very nice suggestion indeed. Adding on to the OP's suggestion, I think we can have something like show the number(votes) in different color if there are equal number of upvotes and downvotes.

This is concern only when the votes show up as 0 (equal upvotes and downvotes). I wonder if this feature would be required in any other case tough.

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If there are up- and downvotes, the count shown is off, so it concerns a lot of questions (and answers too, of course). – Jürgen A. Erhard Feb 15 '11 at 16:17

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Yes, what is proposed in that question would be good, what is described as being deployed in the accepted answer is precisely what caused the problem I had. – Rich Feb 15 '11 at 15:13

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