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Why is it a privilege to view vote counts?

I've noticed that the vote splitter isn't available on the other stack exchange sites (including here on meta). Is there a reason for this? Please migrate it!

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    You need a minimum amount of reputation to see it. – Martijn Pieters Sep 28 '12 at 14:21

You cannot see the exact vote breakdown until you have reached the "established user" reputation level, 1000 points.

At that point, you can click on the vote tally to see the up and down vote counts:

Vote counts


It is available to those with enough reputation.

  • Weird. Is that in the FAQ? Why limit it based on reputation? I thought it was a recent feature and didn't realize it was because I only gained the privilege to see it. – glenviewjeff Sep 28 '12 at 14:22
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    It's been around for quite some time. It's only in the FAQ if you consider the privileges page (the page Oded linked) to be part of the FAQ, which is debatable. – Pops Sep 28 '12 at 14:27
  • yeah, but you need 20k rep to see the privileges page – Chris Gerken Sep 28 '12 at 17:45
  • @ChrisGerken - What do you mean? When you hover over your name in the header there is a link to this page in the popup. The page can be seen by anyone. – Oded Sep 28 '12 at 18:40

It's available to those with enough reputation because it's computationally expensive to view the data.


Technically not an answer to the question, but still helpful.

Vote counts are also available through the Stack Exchange API. The following script/extension/bookmarklet on Stack Apps adds this feature, even when you're not logged in:

“View Vote totals” without 1000 rep

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