Why is it a privilege to view vote counts? and its answer explains why seeing vote counts is a privilege (query cost + possibility for newbies to mess with votes).

Not allowing everyone to see these counts makes sense, but why is it so hard to get it?

You only have to make half of these points to have access to reviewing queues and I think that reviewing activity requires significant experience on SO, in order to do it right.

From my point of view, seeing vote counts is important because an answer with 50-47 clearly looks more problematic than one with 3-0.

Why was seeing vote counts set so high compared to other privileges (e.g. downvoting, accessing some review queues)?

  • what is the relation between seeing vote count and reviewing? FYI Your review should be independent. you should not downvote / upvote by checking it's present vote count Aug 11, 2017 at 14:54
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    Theoretically, a privilege should be harder to get if it implies more power/responsibility. This is clearly debatable, but I think that reviewing means more power/responsibility that seeing vote counts (which is a read-only action and vote abusing is detected anyway).
    – Alexei
    Aug 11, 2017 at 15:01
  • So, what likely happened is that they looked at the query cost, looked at how many users would have the privilege and certain rep levels, and picked a number where they would be unlikely to pay the cost a large number of times. If, say, 10 000 people have 2k+ rep, and 1 000 000 people have less than that, then giving access to 2k+ rep would mean only a max of 10 000 hits in any given moment. Giving it to lower rep users would increase the max number of hits, potentially incurring a large overhead. Aug 11, 2017 at 16:04


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