Closely related: Why privilege to view vote counts?
The previous question explains why this is a privilege and not a feature, though I understand the argument I don't think it is "enough" for one argument in particular:
Seeing the vote count is very valuable information to asses the quality of an answer.
Why? Because if an answer has 10 up-votes and 8 down-votes, it will score 2 and seem like a fairly good question while it is actually a very polemic one.
Actually, you would have to be very careful with that answer since, in a way, down-votes "count more" that up-votes since they carry rep lost.
I would suggest then (considering that the operation is expensive):
- Leave the privilege as it is for users over 1000, they will able to request any time (as is).
- Give a new privilege to logged in users with a score of 1* or more.
- Once an hour* allow them to see the vote count of the question/answer**.
- (Optional) Allow this only if the question/answer has down-votes.
- (Optional) Allow this for only one post every hour.
Opinions on the matter? Do you think it is reasonable? Useful?
I think the voting system is an essencial part of SO's user experiences, and thus, being such a valuable information, shouldn't be limited "so much" and should be available to "everyone".
Thanks in advance!
Note: The solutions I suggested are just that, suggestion, the main point is getting this feature closer to the new comer.
* Are completely open to suggestion
** Maybe only for answers