I know once you get a certain amount of reputation, you can see the total up and down votes for questions. Well, my proposal is to always be able to see this on your own questions and answers. You can see it by going to your user page anyway, so why not make it possible to do by simply clicking on the number of votes (like you can when you have the rep)?
That sounds reasonable. The author of a post has the most to gain from seeing the breakdown.
The rep limitation for requesting split votes is primarily to moderate the additional load on the server. If you let users view the vote breakdown on just their own posts (questions and answers), the additional load would be negligible.
We already get complaints from people when they see one of their questions was downvoted with no comment explaining why.
Allowing new users who are not used to the system to immediately see that their post is getting downvotes even when it's overall positive will only amplify that effect.
Further, downvotes are relatively rare. It's certainly more interesting on meta to have this information, but on SO most users are content to upvote the good answers, leave the poor answers alone, and only downvote wrong answers.
Lastly, a downvote doesn't tell you anything. It could be a bad vote - and even if it was valid you're still at a loss as to why your post was considered bad enough to get a downvote. A lot of downvotes are probably improperly cast - as the recent up/down voting ratio limit is intended to help with.
- How will having the vote split available to all users really going to improve SO in any measurable way?
- What useful or actionable information does the vote split provide that the overall vote value does not provide?
It's only a "nice to have" or "navel gazing" feature, and one that would simply cause more complaints if given to everyone, even if restricted to their own posts. Yes, they can see that information now, but they have to look for it, and learn about the system to get there. With this feature it's easy to find (lots of people confused about it at first when they stumbled on it by missing the up or down vote button), and actually not intuitive. If someone intends to vote something up, thinks they hit the upvote button, and suddenly gets the split view it's only going to confuse them, especially as a new user.
This is now possible. See here:
It was decided a reputation requirement was needed for performance reasons, as showing the individual votes requires a query in the
votes table (counting them) instead of just fetching the
score field in the post's entry.
Now I personally think this is ridiculous; such a query would require a fraction of the time needed to perform all the operations of - for example - a single, uncached page view. And users with less than 1,000 rep can view pages, can't they?
why not make it possible to do by simply clicking on the number of votes(like you can when you have the rep)?
It was actually arbitrarily placed as a bonus for 1k rep to make the long slog to 2k seem a little more pleasant since there's a stepping stone in the middle.
Since it's really part of the game, I doubt that's going to change. You can see the up/down for all questions in the data dump, or if you are impatient go to the user's page for the person that posted it and check out their reputation graph for upvotes and downvotes in that post.
I still think it's an ability you should earn.
(at least to do it the easy point and click way)