I have a large number of accounts on the SE network, but my rep varies significantly across those accounts. For example, I'm about to crack 20K on SO, and I'm a mod on ebooks, but my other reps range from 101 up to the low four figures. This means that I have many privileges on SO and ebooks that I don't have on, say, Programmers. This makes sense with respect to many privileges, like down-voting, close-voting, and protecting questions. It doesn't really make sense to me with respect to information-only privileges related to voting.
Can we have voting-information privileges made network-wide? That is, once a user hits the relevant rep levels on at least one site, apply the following privileges to all other SE sites:
- view close votes (typically available at 250 rep). This privilege is informational only, but it is helpful to an experienced user in learning what questions are on-topic on a new-to-that-user site. For example, if I am about to ask a question that is similar to an existing question and that question is about to get closed as too broad or marked off-topic for some reason, it would be nice to know that before I post my own question. Similarly, it makes it easier to determine whether answering a question is worthwhile; if the community is about to close a question for some reason, then answering is less helpful.
- established user (normally available at 1K). This privilege is really misnamed, as it simply lets the user see up/down vote counts and expanded profile information. That said, it provides really helpful information. I have posted questions on some of my lower-rep accounts that have attracted both multiple up votes and multiple down votes, but I only know that because I noticed the rep changes. There's a big difference between, say, a question that has a score of +3 (+3-0) and one that has a score of +3 (say, +8-5). Knowing how the votes add up can be very helpful in improving the post.
In short, making these informational privileges available everywhere to everyone who has earned them on one site (1) doesn't allow new users to take any potentially destructive actions, (2) gives users with experience on one or more SE sites helpful information on all SE sites, and (3) can only serve to help users make better posts, better edits, better comments, etc.
So, can we have this? Has this been rejected for a particular reason? Is it simply too big a programming hassle for the benefit it offers?