I was reading privileges on this page and I learned that you can see vote counts and expanded usercard at 1000 reputation points.

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Why it's so expensive to obtain this privilege ?

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    Note that while you don't have this privilege you could use this userscript to view them Commented Mar 17, 2016 at 6:14

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According to Meta.SE:

because it's "expensive" to view the vote count (in terms of running the query)

That is, with a vote table as massive as StackExchange's, allowing all users to make requests to view vote totals would put too much stress on the system. The rep requirement decreases this stress.

  • that's odd you would have thought that the query could execute once and then the result could be cached until it changes
    – user126536
    Commented Oct 20, 2016 at 17:04

Because the system works that way, system-wide, across all SE sites. For better or worse.

  • Should my question include what you just said ? " Why it's so expensive to obtain this privilege, system-wide, across all SE sites ? "
    – Galabyca
    Commented Mar 17, 2016 at 5:22

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