I know from these answers that privileges are lost after dropping below the threshold for required reputation.

I've done that, and kept my privilege, though.

I used to have more than 1000 reputation on Meta SE, but I've now dropped below 1000 due to starting bounties.

However, I can still see vote counts in the Android app.

If I understand correctly, I should no longer be able to see that. I've tried with a number of posts, and it appears that I can still see vote counts everywhere on Meta SE.

Of course, I don't personally mind that I still have this privilege, and I'm not complaining. But I thought I'd report it.

FWIW, I tested this with my iPad too, and it does not appear to be a problem in the iOS app.

Update: I've now confirmed that this goes the other way around as well (when you gain 1000). See my answer for details.

I have 1.0.85 of the app, which is currently the latest version in the Play Store.

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    Probably caching. The app most likely cache the reputation, and it wasn't yet synchronised. Enjoy the privilege! :) Sep 24, 2016 at 15:53
  • So this would mean that the Android app has different and perhaps slower caching than the iOS and Web versions? Yeah, thanks, I'll be enjoying the privilege :) I'm working on compiling a database containing the scores of all the posts by @ShadowWizard for future reference. :)
    – Fiksdal
    Sep 24, 2016 at 15:59
  • Well, can't really tell, but as for the web version I can tell for sure that it's always 100% synchronised. You can try force-closing the app on your device, maybe when you'll open it again it will get fresh data from the server. :) Sep 24, 2016 at 16:14
  • @ShadowWizard Yes, that did it.
    – Fiksdal
    Sep 24, 2016 at 16:57
  • On the web interface, you can just install a user script to view the vote counts at any rep, anyway. Sep 24, 2016 at 22:08
  • @IlmariKaronen Right. The information is publicly available after all. :) It just takes a computer to find it all and put it together.
    – Fiksdal
    Sep 24, 2016 at 22:10
  • @IlmariKaronen Thank you so much for the link, BTW. The Chrome extension is awesome. It seems to work everywhere, but somehow not on Ask Ubuntu meta, lol. (It works on normal AU, just not on meta.) But it works on other meta sites. Funny. Anyway, thanks a bunch.
    – Fiksdal
    Sep 24, 2016 at 22:46
  • Odd, the user script version works for me on meta.AU too. You might want to report that to the developer; I'm 99% sure that means there's a missing or malformed match pattern in the manifest. (The 1% chance is that your Chrome is just randomly flaking out.) Sep 24, 2016 at 22:53
  • @IlmariKaronen Yeah. I did report it to the developer already.
    – Fiksdal
    Sep 24, 2016 at 22:56

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Shadow Wizard suggested force closing the app via Android settings and then starting the app again. This lost me the ability too see vote counts. This indicates to me that the app loads this privilege when you start it, and won't update until you restart the app.

Interestingly, I'm now above 1000 again, but the privilege doesn't work yet in the Android app. Looks like it goes both ways. I'll have to restart the app once more to once again get the privilege to work. This way (up) is obviously a slightly more serious issue since way more users are likely to encounter it.

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    Yeah, this proves the app keeps it in some local memory only storage, aka cache. Sep 24, 2016 at 17:30
  • @ShadowWizard Interestingly, I'm now above 1000 again, but the privilege doesn't work yet in the Android app. Looks like it goes both ways. I'll have to restart the app once more to once again get the privilege.
    – Fiksdal
    Sep 24, 2016 at 17:33
  • Yeah, it goes both ways... might be a bug though. :/ Sep 24, 2016 at 17:39
  • @ShadowWizard Sure. The second way (up) is more serious, because it obviously applies to a lot more people.
    – Fiksdal
    Sep 24, 2016 at 17:40
  • True, though maybe (hopefully) for other privileges it's different, i.e. maybe the app is checking the reputation "live", instead of reading from cache. Sep 24, 2016 at 17:43
  • @ShadowWizard What other privileges can be utilized from the Android app, though? (I only know about the 3k priviliges which can not be utilized from the Android app AFAIK, so I'm asking.)
    – Fiksdal
    Sep 24, 2016 at 17:53
  • Editing, closing. (can't reopen or delete though.) Sep 24, 2016 at 17:54
  • @ShadowWizard You're right. I have 2200 rep on SF&F, maybe I should hand out a 300 bounty just to test it the edit part. In any case, I'll test it the next time I'm approaching edit or close-vote priviliges on any site.
    – Fiksdal
    Sep 24, 2016 at 18:00
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    lol, well keep us updated! :-) Sep 24, 2016 at 18:43

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