I can finally see how many up votes and down votes there are on an opinion without having to cast my own vote first!
I am now actually thinking that I would prefer there to be a "see results" button, where once you've hit it, you can see the up votes and down votes but you can't add your own vote now that you've seen how others have voted.
This is not a new feature, on the old version of the site this is how the up/down votes were set up. It caused a lot of abuse and bandwagon voting.
When the site launched this new version back in February, the change of the voting feature is the one thing they got right. Now for some unknown reason, they changed it back. I highly preferred the votes being invisible so that each person could not be influenced and so they could form their own opinion before voting.
Oh great another unnecessary update to G@G, I agree with @xHoneyxBeex and prefer the upvotes and down votes be hidden. Having the upvotes and downvotes visible prevents the system from being abused, people are more likely to give an opinion a downvote if they see it already has downvotes. by the way the feature is not new, it's actually a feature from the old site, they just brought it back.
I think it's a stupid feature. Now, your vote is influenced by everyone else's vote. I'm 100% sure at least one person is gonna be like, "Wow what a good opinion, I'm gonna up vote it" and then see that it has 7 downvotes and then be like, " Nevermind, I should downvote it."
I like being able to see them better as well. Some opinions I don't want to up vote or down vote, but would still like to know what others think. They don't have a see results button we can press instead of voting.