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I have a minor curiosity on this, but I can't seem to find any documentation (at least on MSO or on the Area51 FAQ) about this specific point: What happens to your privileges when a site becomes a 'real' website/successfully graduates from the beta process?

I see that rep requirements increase to full site levels. In other words, if I get to 1000 on a beta site, and can then make direct edits, and the minimum goes up, am I suddenly barred from that, even though I was already trusted to do this?

When the site graduates, what happens?

  1. The rep requirement is increased, but I am grandfathered into and retain the privilege.
  2. The rep requirement is increased, and I lose the privilege.
  3. The rep requirement is increased, and my current reputation is scaled up to match, thereby preserving my privileges.


I understand point #2 to be correct.

Now that I know this, can we add this to the beta sites' and/or Area 51 FAQs or make this information more readily available in some other way (I'm still leaning toward the FAQs)?

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Changes in privilege levels are documented in this FAQ entry. I think it implies that privileges can be lost when a site changes phase, but it never says that explicitly. – Pops Jul 31 '12 at 22:01
@PopularDemand Well, that's exactly my point! ;-) – Gaffi Jul 31 '12 at 23:43

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There's no grandfathering of privileges of any kind. You'll immediately be held to the new privileges threshold and lose any privileges you no longer quality for. Similarly if you got a downvote at 3000 rep on a graduated site and now have 2998 rep, you'll (practically) immediately lose your close-vote ability.

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Sounds reasonable, makes sense. Any way to get this added to an FAQ? (Or does it already exist and I just missed it??) – Gaffi Jul 11 '12 at 21:20
I am going to unaccept this answer in the hopes the question gets a little more attention/a formal response to the point about the FAQ. Sorry, Ben. – Gaffi Jul 31 '12 at 21:33
@Gaffi and thus bounties were born.... – amanaP lanaC A nalP A naM A Jul 31 '12 at 21:35
@IAMNOTONMETAATTHEMOMENT Yeah, but it shouldn't cost my extremely valuable Meta rep (only way I know how to procure glittery unicorns) to get things done! – Gaffi Jul 31 '12 at 21:37
@Gaffi if you want things done. You do them yourself. No matter how much it costs ^_^ – amanaP lanaC A nalP A naM A Jul 31 '12 at 21:37
@IAMNOTONMETAATTHEMOMENT But... How do I shot web? No really, I can't fix the FAQ myself... can I? – Gaffi Jul 31 '12 at 21:39
@Gaffi alright; personally I'd have made a second, separate [feature-request] post though – Ben Brocka Jul 31 '12 at 21:41
Well, I went ahead and bounty'd up anyway. ;-) – Gaffi Jul 31 '12 at 21:41
Darn, I was afraid this would be the case. It does make sense, though. All the more incentive to keep earning that rep. – Jamal Sep 7 '13 at 19:41

So, I was unaware that this was a possibility for me, but I've updated this FAQ with the info from Ben's answer.

Thanks for the help, guys.

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