I don't know it is good idea or not but as an user when I go to some question and couldn't find good answer there I tend to look into the sidebar questions. It shows me number of upvotes for each questions, but doesn't say number of answers it has. So if I want to know if that question is resolved or at least answered I have to click and go into each of them.

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I think it's good if I can see number of answers for each question rather than their upvotes, and decide whether to go to that question or not. I am more interested in seeing answers than knowing how many upvotes each questions got (in sidebar questions). Or may be display both of them if feasible?

What are your thoughts?

Updated Request: Show number of answers as tooltip in addition to the number of votes in sidebar questions. (Thanks @ShadowWizard)

  • Why not have both?
    – user273376
    Mar 21, 2015 at 0:03
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    It adds some mystery without the number of answers. Ooooo, SPOOKY! Mar 21, 2015 at 0:18
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    @SabreTooth because it would be too cluttered, there's not enough room for both. Maybe as tooltip. Mar 21, 2015 at 0:34
  • 3 downvotes LOL.. Seems like asking for something is big offense here!
    – Kalpesh
    Mar 21, 2015 at 2:51
  • @SabreTooth yep I asked if it's feasible somehow then display both.
    – Kalpesh
    Mar 21, 2015 at 2:58
  • @ShadowWizard makes sense. It doesn't show anything now hovering over sidebar questions, tooltip can be helpful.
    – Kalpesh
    Mar 21, 2015 at 3:00
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    @Kalpesh downvotes on meta often mean disagreement - probably people disagreeing with your suggestion.
    – user273376
    Mar 21, 2015 at 3:02
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    @Kalpesh right, you can change the request to ask to show number of answers as tooltip in addition to the number of votes, not instead. Mar 21, 2015 at 7:31
  • thanks @ShadowWizard i just updated my question.
    – Kalpesh
    Mar 23, 2015 at 4:53

2 Answers 2


I'd love to see this feature implemented - a high vote count doesn't necessarily mean you'll find something useful there!

Till then, here's a userscript to show the number of answers to a linked or related question:

// ==UserScript==
// @name         Show answer count for questions in the sidebar
// @namespace    http://stackexchange.com/users/4337810/%E1%94%95%E1%96%BA%E1%98%8E%E1%95%8A
// @version      1.0
// @description  Shows the answer count for related or linked questions as a tooltip (in the sidebar)
// @author       ᔕᖺᘎᕊ (http://stackexchange.com/users/4337810/%E1%94%95%E1%96%BA%E1%98%8E%E1%95%8A)
// @match        *://*.stackexchange.com/*
// @match        *://*.stackoverflow.com/*
// @match        *://*.superuser.com/*
// @match        *://*.serverfault.com/*
// @match        *://*.askubuntu.com/*
// @match        *://*.stackapps.com/*
// @match        *://*.mathoverflow.net/*
// @grant        none
// ==/UserScript==
$('.sidebar-linked .linked .spacer a, .sidebar-related .related .spacer a').each(function(i) {
    if (!i % 2 == 0) { //odd only (ie. question title)
        var id = $(this).attr('href').split('/')[2],
            sitename = $(location).attr('hostname').split('.')[0],
            that = $(this);

        $.getJSON("https://api.stackexchange.com/2.2/questions/" + id + "?order=desc&sort=activity&site=" + sitename, function(json) {
            answers = json.items[0].answer_count;
            that.attr('title', answers + (answers == 1 ? ' answer' : ' answers'));

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I've also added this to my SE Optional Features userscript.

Update: I've had to remove this userscript from my SE Optional Features userscript due to reasons mentioned at that post. You can now install this userscript from here.


No, because I love votes more than answers, they often tell me better the usefulness or quality of the question I am about to click.

No, because I get used to see the votes there.

Hopefully, big

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    I am not talking about what you like or don't like lol. Votes do tell quality, but it doesn't add anything when there are no answers right? I also find good answers in hell lot of down-voted questions.
    – Kalpesh
    Mar 21, 2015 at 2:57
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    No, because I love votes more than answers The OP is not asking about your likes and dislikes, Please read the Help center. You have a nice rep but still don't know how to answer
    – user280850
    Mar 21, 2015 at 8:14
  • @Bio I do know :P we're on meta, what are you talking about? It is built on likes and dislikes whining, polls :)
    – nicael
    Mar 21, 2015 at 8:22
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    @nicael I am talking about your answer. Your personal opinion
    – user280850
    Mar 21, 2015 at 8:28
  • @Bio Yes. Meta is opinions, I forget to note :D
    – nicael
    Mar 21, 2015 at 8:29
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    @nicael Yes. Meta is opinions Yes downvoted opinions.:P
    – user280850
    Mar 21, 2015 at 8:32
  • @Bio Nah, upvoted opinions :D
    – nicael
    Mar 21, 2015 at 8:38
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    Never seen so many "I" in an answer accompanied with oversized images !
    – funny
    Mar 21, 2015 at 9:26
  • Isn't my tag @funny? And you forgot to add "before" ;)
    – nicael
    Mar 21, 2015 at 9:51

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