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It would be useful for users in other sites who are struggling to get past new-user restrictions...

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Ahhh, so that's why I have 151 reputation at Area 51... – animuson Feb 8 '12 at 23:34
I can see letting someone bypass the new user restrictions if they've confirmed their e-mail, but it's literally 10 rep -- it's a single answer upvote. It's hard to "struggle" for one upvote – Michael Mrozek Feb 8 '12 at 23:38
@MichaelMrozek One could argue that for those who are struggling to make it past that barrier, we shouldn't introduce a way to circumvent it. – Daniel Beck Feb 9 '12 at 16:21
@DanielBeck It's not "circumventing" it though; the barrier exists to avoid spam, and if you're bothering to verify your e-mail you're probably not a spammer – Michael Mrozek Feb 9 '12 at 17:12
@MichaelMrozek "probably"... well said. – the_midget_17 Feb 9 '12 at 17:14
up vote 7 down vote accepted

The Stack Exchange sites are more about the information and the content you post, and less about who you are. The reputation allocation reflects that.

But in Area 51, we are asking people to "follow" and "commit" to proposals, so verifying your account identity has value in Area 51. That's why there's a reputation boost for having taken that step. It allows you to reach that next level of participation in the site for having done so.

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