I'm wondering why the upvote/downvote count is hidden from everybody with less than One Thousand Reputation. This seems fairly arbitrary, and is really useless in the end, as scrutiny of the person's timeline can reveal the exact vote count.
I've heard rumors that this somehow helps inhibit spam, or something like that, but I really see no point. A spam-bot could easily send a crawler through the person's profile page, but it would be much, much harder for a living, breathing human being to comb a page for data.
Why, then, do we do this? The only thing that it does is annoy real human beings who are just curious about a question's popularity.