Sometimes I felt just total vote count do not represent the whole scenario(liking/disliking) of the community. In case of mine, my last question got upvoted 5 times and downvoted 4 times. But the total vote, 1 does not represent so many difference of opinions in the community. So, can the upvote and downvote counts be shown separately? The sorting still will be on the total votes. But the numbers will show more information.
You can view the total vote counts once you have 1000 rep points, by clicking on the number. Here's what it looks like (after clicking):
IIRC, the justification for not showing it to everyone right away was twofold: 1) it would put too much additional stress on the servers, and 2) we wanted to have something to give users who pass that nice threshold; before that, there was a rather large gap between 500 (retagging) and 1500 (creating new tags) rep points.
If you're inclined to do some math, then regardless of reputation you can actually determine the current upvote and downvote count of posts in a question using the improved Timeline view! You can access it on any question by entering the URL of
This shows a spread of all activity in that question, including days that votes were cast on any posts in the question. So if you're up to tallying it up, you can use it to determine how many upvotes and downvotes that individual posts have prior to reaching 1k.
It's naturally much easier to do it using the 1k tool as well as stressful for very old questions that have a lot of activity, but if you really need to know and can't wait to earn that reputation, remember that the Timeline is always available.