This is pretty trivial and only to satisfy my OCD, but why is it not possible to un-display the up/down vote breakdown on questions and answers here? I found the simplest workaround is to refresh the page. Another clunky workaround is to up or down vote. It seems like a simple enough feature add to revert to the previous view.

I wouldn't think a re-query of the database would be necessary for this functionality. It would save more on performance than a refresh. The reason I speak of performance is because of the implementation of it in the first place: Show Total Votes (or Up/Down Votes)

Being able to revert to prior information just "feels right" to me on a well-designed webpage so I'm surprised SE doesn't have this simple capability.

  • We call "Vote Totals" Pandora's Box for a reason. – Adam Davis 'ze-zir-zem' Jul 18 '14 at 20:51
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    It's consistent with other things that you can expand but can't collapse, e.g. "add comment", "more hot questions" and more. – Shadow The Princess Wizard Jul 18 '14 at 21:37

This is trivially possible already. In fact, there's a shortcut key for it: Ctrl+R (may be different on heathen systems).

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    That is a refresh isn't it? That incurs the processing penalty hit the designers were trying to avoid in the first place as seen in the link I provided. – horta Jul 19 '14 at 6:21

In the iOS app this is possible. Holding down on the score displays the vote breakdown and tapping the breakdown reverts it to the score.

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