I use comments to verify things before I try to answer. I can see way one might want to limit new users from commenting: It prevent spam and unrelated comments, although it has disadvantages as it made me post "answers" that should have been comments. After a user has been active enough in a site, I think it's resonable and helpful to give him this privilege in all the sites.

For example, while I have enough reputation to comment on questions on Stack Overflow, I still cannot comment on questions in "Gaming." What's the advantage in that? It just prevents me from helping others.

(Maybe other privileges follow the same logic. For me, commenting is the one I miss the most.)

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You are new to meta, so if you haven't lurked around a bit, please understand that downvotes here mean that people disagree with the idea, not that the question is bad. –  Adam Davis Aug 8 '11 at 17:22
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You now have 200 and get +100 rep in all sites ;) –  Marcelo Aug 8 '11 at 17:27
    
@Adam : Thanks for that comment. For a minute there I thought I've done something aweful. –  j0ker5 Aug 8 '11 at 17:58
    
@Marcelo : Thanks! I wondered why it happened so quickly. –  j0ker5 Aug 8 '11 at 17:58
    
@all: Thanks. I really didn't knew that. Now I can happily continue –  j0ker5 Aug 8 '11 at 18:02
    
BTW, is it mentioned anywhere in FAQs / help about reputation? –  j0ker5 Aug 8 '11 at 18:03
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Yes: stackoverflow.com/privileges/comment –  Cody Gray Aug 8 '11 at 19:58
    
@Gray: I meant if the '+100 rep on other sites when you reach 200 rep' is mentioned anywhere. –  j0ker5 Aug 9 '11 at 8:15
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up vote 16 down vote accepted

If you get 200 points on any one Stack Exchange site you will gain a 100 point bonus on all sites thus negating the need for this.

So just pick one site and post some good answers. You'll have 200 points in next to no time.

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Wow, timestamps match to the second. Time for a CAGE MATCH!!! –  Adam Davis Aug 8 '11 at 17:18
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@Adam the post ids say "you lose, sir" :) –  AakashM Aug 8 '11 at 17:48
    
Thanks - I really didn't knew that. feel a bit stupid now ;) –  j0ker5 Aug 8 '11 at 18:06
    
@AakashM I demand a recount! –  Adam Davis Aug 8 '11 at 19:29
    
@j0ker5, BTW, since you do have an account with over 200rep, you can re-associate your accounts on other sites to get the rep bonus for you other accounts. –  Zoredache Aug 8 '11 at 22:07
    
@Zoredache - I believe that's automatic now even if you've already set up the association. –  ChrisF Aug 8 '11 at 22:08
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As long as you have 200 rep on one account, then every other site you sign up on gets a 100 rep bonus, getting you past all the voting and commenting barriers.

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Oh look! You're now only 2 answer votes away from getting to 200 on stackoverflow. stackoverflow.com/users/550269/j0ker5 –  Adam Davis Aug 8 '11 at 17:21
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I had 166 rep when I posted it... It came to me pretty suddenly :) –  j0ker5 Aug 8 '11 at 18:00
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From my answer to Mechanism to Allow New Users to Comment Everywhere:

IMO, you can't really "ask for clarification" correctly as a complete newcomer to the site. Is this question a duplicate? Is this question mis-tagged? Is this a FGITW tag like C# where half the world's population will see it in the next 30 seconds, or is it more a Windows-Error-Reporting kinda thing where you have roughly two weeks, maybe three, before you might be gazumped? While you're typing a comment like "what version of Visual Studio are you using?" have three other people copied-and-pasted their standard "For Visual Studio 2010, do X, and for Visual Studio 2008, do Y" answer? You won't know till you've been here a while. Your only hope is to look for questions that can be answered as they stand. All of us did, somehow.

Still think it's true.

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