I was recently invited to the new Embedded Systems beta and I noticed that I could click on the vote number of a question or answer and it would show me the breakdown of up votes versus down votes. I thought this was pretty cool and mentioned to a friend that I wished the EE.SE could do that too... To which he replied that it did.

So, I guess my question is: What is the rule/pattern for being able to view the up/down vote breakdown for a question or answer?

It doesn't seem to simply be rep based because I have 101 rep on Embedded Systems and I can see the breakdown... but I have 560 rep on Electrical Engineering and cannot see it.


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On EE.SE, the the Up/Down breakdown privilege turns on at 1k reputation (established user).

I'm guessing that privileges in the stacks that are in beta (like Embedded Systems) turn on at lower reputation, because their number of members is smaller.

  • \$\begingroup\$ Interesting... I would not have expected it to be different on different exchanges. \$\endgroup\$
    – Adam Head
    May 29, 2014 at 19:54
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    \$\begingroup\$ The thresholds shift once a site leaves the beta period. \$\endgroup\$
    – W5VO
    May 29, 2014 at 20:21
  • \$\begingroup\$ Why is access to this limited? \$\endgroup\$
    – Adam Head
    May 29, 2014 at 20:41
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    \$\begingroup\$ @AdamHead, this is quite an old anser but the reason from Jeff Atwood (original co-founder of SE) was to limit its usage for performance reasons: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/747/… \$\endgroup\$
    – PeterJ
    May 29, 2014 at 23:22
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    \$\begingroup\$ @AdamHead - Thresholds change for: Private beta -> Public Beta -> Graduation \$\endgroup\$
    – Kortuk
    May 30, 2014 at 18:45

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