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The vote counts are a great tool to determine whether an answer is disputed or not. Unfortunately, not many of us have enough time to join all Stack Exchange websites and get 1000 reputation.

This script unlocks the "View Vote counts" feature for those who are not logged in or don't have 1k reputation. The look and feeling of the feature is identical to the original one.

Recognises posts at questions, question lists, /review/ pages and search results.


Creative Commons 3.0 SA - Same as footer. You may modify and distribute this script S, provided that you mention the original author of the script A.


The code is available in three forms:


The code is OS-independent. It should at least work in the following browsers:

  • FireFox 3.0 - 31
  • Opera 9.00 - 12.00
  • Chrome 1 - 40
  • Internet Explorer 7 - 10
  • Safari 3.2 - 5.1


Please send your feedback to


This script is written in JavaScript and a bit of jQuery. It depends on the Stack Exchange API (v2, JSONP).

When the Vote counts feature is disabled, the Vote counts buttons don't have a tooltip. The script checks for the existence of the tooltip, and adds the feature when necessary. If the tooltips already exist, the script does not add any visible modifications to the page.

A detailed explanation of the code is listed in the source code (direct link, or via the overview page). The change log is listed at the overview page.

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Seems buggy. Screws with upvote and downvote buttons. Count breaks if you mess with screwed up upvote and downvote buttons. But, it does what it's supposed to... thanks :) – GGG Feb 6 '12 at 21:55
@GGG I have uploaded a new version, which adds a CSS-fix for IE7-. Do you still observe the bug? If yes, please specify your browser version and OS. – Rob W Feb 6 '12 at 23:18
Yep, it's still messed up. Click the vote count, then click vote up a few times, then click the vote count again. I'm using a somewhat old chromium on a somewhat old ubuntu. 16.0.912.75 (Developer Build 116452 Linux) Ubuntu 11.04 – GGG Feb 7 '12 at 1:22
@GGG Updated and uploaded code. Now, you can also show vote counts after voting. I notice that, after voting, the SE API does not necessarily show the newest vote counts. After a few minutes, the requested counts are correct, though. This might be a bug in the SE API. – Rob W Feb 7 '12 at 16:05
It appears to be mostly fixed. There seems to be a problem where it appears to let you remove upvotes after the time for removing them has passed. Of course they aren't actually removed, but have the appearance of being removed. That's pretty trivial though. Nice work :) – GGG Feb 7 '12 at 19:04
Nice work, Rob! If you wanted, you could save some bytes by omitting type="text/css" on the <style> element — it’s optional in HTML5 anyway, and it still works in all browsers without. – Mathias Bynens Feb 13 '12 at 12:50
Good script. Makes me wonder, if the information is available via the API anyway, then why does SE hide it? – user2428118 Oct 3 '12 at 14:11
@user2428118 See Jeff's answer at – Rob W Oct 3 '12 at 14:57
@RobW Installed it on Chrome 23.0.1271.97 (stable) and it doesn't seem to work at all :( – Paul T. Jan 4 '13 at 15:12
@PaulT. Works fine here. If you're trying it in incognito mode, you have to check the tick before "Allow in incognito" at chrome://extensions/. – Rob W Jan 4 '13 at 15:16
@RobW My apologies, I didn't realize that you had to click on the counters for the upvotes/downvotes to appear. I assumed it would automatically replace all the counters. But no matter, this is a great extension! Thanks :) – Paul T. Jan 4 '13 at 15:44
Took me a minute too @PaulT. – Devil's Advocate Jun 11 '13 at 15:30
Just had the thought, I'd certainly like to use an app/script which would alert me to any questions/answers that have been downvoted with no comment given so I could counter it and upvote them since that form of downvoting practice doesn't help out the user who posted the question/answer thus fails to support the community. – Myzifer Jun 14 '13 at 12:59
@Myzifer Don't practice pity upvoting, that's harmful. If you get alerted of all downvotes, your computer would explode on Stack Overflow, given the huge volume of questions. Lots has already been said about this topic, just search for "pity upvoting" or "sympathy upvoting" on – Rob W Jun 14 '13 at 13:13
@DImension10AbhimanyuPS Added to list of sites. – Rob W Sep 5 '13 at 10:55

Bug Report ()

  • Go to a tag page, for example this one.
  • You will see a question, such as this:
  • Find the vote and answer count on the left.
  • Click the vote count.
  • You will then get a message in the error console that says Post ID not found! Please report this at

So now I'm reporting it.

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Thanks for reporting, I've even forgotten that I've added that link to the error message. Turns out to be useful ;) I'll check it out later. – Rob W May 22 '13 at 13:17
Fixed :) The last update (v1.5.3) introduces a feature which is not even available to 1k+ users: View vote totals at the questions list and search results. – Rob W May 23 '13 at 9:54

Bug report ()

It doesn't work for the new Stack Overflow em Português.

The following @match entries in the script:

// @match*
// @match*
// @match*
// @match*
// @match*
// @match*

Should be changed to:

// @match          http://**
// @match          http://**
// @match          http://**

This will catch SO and SOpt and their respective Meta sites.

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Thanks for reminding me, I've just updated the extension and uploaded the updated script to Greasyfork:…. – Rob W Oct 31 '14 at 21:18
Bravo, spreading the word, I mean, espalhando a notícia :) – brasofilo Oct 31 '14 at 21:27

Is it possible to view vote counts on Area51 proposal questions?
It would be helpful to see where the followers are being stingy with each other, and then open a question to discuss it.

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No, because the Stack Exchange API does not have any information about area51:!*L6X1NvG5lnyyK4-‌​&run=true – Rob W Jan 5 at 21:32
Darn, that's too bad. – Jamen Jan 5 at 21:36
If enough people upvote (hint, hint) the related feature request and supporting posts, then they have to add Area51 support. Right? Right!? (^_^) – Brock Adams Jan 5 at 22:07
I guess 1000 rep doesn't work there, then. That is unfair, although separate vote counts there aren't the immediate need. – Έρικ Κωνσταντόπουλος Jul 11 at 11:56

Feature Request

Can we get a setting to show the counts automatically without clicking?

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Automatically showing up/down votes puts lots of load on the Stack Exchange API, so I'm probably not going to add the feature. Besides, the net vote count is usually the most interesting number. Downvotes are only relevant if you want to see whether the contents of a post are disputed. – Rob W Jun 11 '13 at 15:42
Thanks. Care to respond to this:… ??? – Devil's Advocate Jun 11 '13 at 15:45

: StackOverflow Documentation votes

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In order to do this, we need an API that has documentation data. There is no such public API and we've yet to find a hidden API. – Brock Adams Jul 21 at 16:39
@BrockAdams I'm answering because that feature went live TODAY. – Έρικ Κωνσταντόπουλος Jul 21 at 16:40
Really? That would be great. But where is this API? (Documentation going into public beta is NOT an API.) – Brock Adams Jul 21 at 16:42
Even with over 100k rep and relevant gold tag badges I don't see vote counts on documentation, so I think that the vote info of Documentation is not visible yet, let alone through an API. – Rob W Jul 22 at 6:15
Reference: How do I view vote count split in documentation. Can't do it at all. But "Status planned" even though "it's not officially on a roadmap." – Brock Adams Jul 23 at 2:57

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