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As everyone (reading this post) knows, your SO rep is different from your SO meta rep.

On other sites, such as Programmers, your meta rep is your main site rep.

Shouldn't there be a single, consistent policy across all sites?

One solution would be to have a single meta rep on all meta sites.

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There will be soon(ish) there are plans to split MSO into a proper meta for Stack Overflow and Meta.StackExchange where network issues can be discussed. – ChrisF Apr 7 '12 at 16:35
@ChrisF Is there a place where I can read about these kinds of upcoming changes and educate myself? If so please provide a link. – Scott Wilson Apr 7 '12 at 17:04
Here is where you learn about such things. I can't find the link right now though - sorry – ChrisF Apr 7 '12 at 17:05
up vote 9 down vote accepted

Meta StackOverflow is special. It acts as both SO's meta site and the meta site for all of Stack Exchange. Because of that, it really is more of a regular SE site than a meta-site. Therefore, it has its own separate reputation.

There are plans to split it up into two sites: a regular SE site (for dealing with suggestions and discussion for all of SE) and SO's meta-site. At which point, it will work like a regular meta-site.

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So at that point your SO rep and your SO meta rep will be the same? (And your current SO meta rep will migrate to the new "SE meta" site?) – Scott Wilson Apr 7 '12 at 16:46
Meta StackOverflow is special - In more than one ways ;P – Yannis Apr 7 '12 at 20:19
@ScottWilson Yes. – HodofHod Jun 12 '12 at 0:15
So where do the unicorns go? – YatharthROCK Oct 19 '12 at 5:32

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