The Established User privilege which is gained at one thousand reputation has been around forever. We all know that it lets you see the vote count on posts.

But I propose we remove the 1k reputation restriction that is in place to access vote counts. Or at least make it to where that privilege doesn't appear on the privileges page.

Why? Because that restriction is completely, 100% useless as you have been able to view vote counts without having 1000 reputation for ages, with this userscript. You don't even have to be signed in to view the vote counts.

Why have a useless privilege when you dont actually even need 1k rep?

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    Have you read Why is it a privilege to view vote counts? or any of its linked posts? – Sebastian Simon Nov 17 '20 at 2:37
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    Most people who use the site don't use userscripts... lots probably don't even know what they are. You using a script doesn't mean the privilege is useless. – Catija Nov 17 '20 at 2:49
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    A third party resource isn't the same thing as the company deciding to let everyone see view counts. – BSMP Nov 17 '20 at 2:49
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    But it's still not a feature that exists on the site, at least not until you reach 1K. Why hide the ability to see vote counts at 1K from users? – BSMP Nov 17 '20 at 2:57

Let's set aside the question of whether seeing the current vote count on a post is useless. I, too, use a userscript to see this network-wide, so that particular privilege isn't gaining me much except the ability to somewhat awkwardly view vote counts on my phone (as you might guess, I rarely do this).

This privilege still isn't useless, because it lets you do more than that: you can also see the vote history

I can, for example, open up the highest voted question on Meta.SE, open the timeline, and click "Show Vote Summaries," which shows me this page telling me on which days that post got each of its thousands of upvotes...and, for whatever reason, 8 downvotes (I guess those were from the people who'd been scraping the profile data).