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The page http://stackoverflow.com/privileges/view-vote-counts (and the corresponding page on the other SE sites) includes the following question and answer:

When should I view vote counts?

Statistically speaking, the vast majority of votes cast are upvotes. (Remember that downvoting costs a small amount of reputation and requires more reputation to earn as a privilege).

That doesn't seem to answer the question at all. Either the question or the answer should be changed so that the latter answers the former.

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It's also incomplete now because downvoting doesn't always cost reputation now, since question downvotes are free. –  Daniel DiPaolo Jun 17 '11 at 19:15
    
@Daniel, true. I'd forgotten about that. Presumably anyone who might edit the documentation because of this question will notice your comment, so I don't think I need to add the gist of your comment into my question. –  msh210 Jun 17 '11 at 19:18
    
And also there should be an explanation WHY this privilege exists at all. Why the votes can't be visible to anyone. –  Tomas Aug 15 '11 at 19:58
    
@TomasTelensky, that's a separate issue; feel free to open a question for it. –  msh210 Aug 15 '11 at 20:01

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up vote 2 down vote accepted

I removed the section entirely.

I'm honestly not sure what purpose that section served. It didn't really add anything to the subject -- IMO, the answer to that question is both entirely situational, and yet completely self-explanatory.

Assuming someone knows that the vote counts show the upvotes and downvotes separately (which the first section of the wiki covers), I think people are intelligent enough to figure out when they would want to view such a thing.

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Thanks. +1. But I see it's removed on MSO, but not on all sites. Will it propagate? If not, this bug is still open. –  msh210 Jun 23 '11 at 4:13
    
@msh: The privilege wikis on MSO are periodically pushed to the other sites. I'm not sure how often that happens. (Maybe when a dev sees this question.) –  Jon Seigel Jun 23 '11 at 4:14
    
And now I see it's propagated (at least to SO and Judaism.SE), so I'll accept this. –  msh210 Aug 29 '11 at 17:51

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