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I have a feeling this will be closed, but please hear me out. Why do I need reputation for each site to perform basic functions like comment and vote; where I can do this on 2 of the 5 sites I frequent alas I cannot perform these on all of my most frequented SE sites. This seems silly as some sites seem very closely related. Why isn't there a feature where if you have X amount of rep on let's say a few sites, you can extend your rep to another site? I feel at a certain point the constraints are unnecessary for what I would consider frequent and intelligent users. If this is already put in to place how can I obtain this?

Thanks for listening!

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marked as duplicate by Yannis, amanaP lanaC A nalP A naM A, Bo Persson, McCannot, Rory Nov 12 '12 at 16:55

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Get 200 on one and you're all good. –  Mysticial Nov 12 '12 at 16:25
    
The association bonus is described in the last bullet under "You gain reputation when" in the duplicate. –  Yannis Nov 12 '12 at 16:27
    
Ok thank you for all the info! –  scape Nov 12 '12 at 16:28

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The feature you are requesting is called an account association bonus, and has already been implemented.

Enjoy!

At new user login time, in addition to association, we also:

  1. Grant you a +100 reputation bonus on the current site, as long as you have at least +200 reputation on any site in our network. So you’re not treated like a newbie on every new site we launch.
  2. … etc.

Source: New Automatic Account Association

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Some sites are closely related. Many others aren't even remotely related.

An across-the-board rep transfer is unreasonable; my SO rep should be useless (or actively count against me!) on English, for example. As mentioned, some privilege is automatically granted, but anything beyond that strikes me as unwise: earn your reputation everywhere, I say.

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