Frequently when I'm facing a situation in stackoverflow where I'm not sure what the expected behavior/etiquette is I go to meta to look it up.
A lot of times when I'm looking through meta questions I see questions with
+1 reputation or
0 reputation. In stackoverflow I can click that number (having more than 1000 reputation) and gain a much better understanding of how the community feels about that answer/question.
I understand that since stackoverflow has a lot of traffic showing downvotes and upvotes is expensive for all users in stackoverflow.
However in meta I feel that knowing the ratio between downvotes and upvotes in meta is crucial to differentiating something that did not get enough attention from a highly debated subject (or people don't have a strong opinion on, and something people do). If I see a question with
0 often I can not tell if the community does not care or it is highly debated.
I would like to know why meta enforces the 1000 reputation limit for showing up/down votes?
What are some advantages and disadvantages to it in the context of meta?