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