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I was just awarded +100 reputation on all of my Stack Exchange accounts.

What is this bonus for? It simply says Association Bonus on my reputation overview.

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marked as duplicate by Time Traveling Bobby, slhck, Dennis, George Stocker Jul 30 '12 at 12:44

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@WaffelizedBobby: Unfortunately, that question and answer do not address why you are given the bonus. –  Martijn Pieters Jul 30 '12 at 12:33

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Congratulations! One of your linked accounts has reached 200 reputation points, and as a result, all associated accounts are given a 100 point bonus.

The bonus is awarded because you have proven that you know your way around the basic features of any Stack Exchange website, and with those 100 extra points you can now comment, vote, flag and create bounties on all SE sites.

From here on out, on any new sites you join you'll also be given this bonus.

See Award account association bonus automatically upon reaching 200 rep

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Great answer! And what a clever bonus. Makes sense to allow proven Stack Exchangers to contribute to all SE sites. –  welbornio Apr 22 at 4:46

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