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Look like there are hundreds of meta users at exactly 101 reputation. Why is that? And how much is one up vote worth? Easy Q's.

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relatedly: why does account rep drop to '1' after the first downvote on a new site if you haven't gotten an upvote first? –  warren Sep 23 '09 at 0:49

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New accounts start with one rep.

Account association for users with over 200 rep on one site gives a 100 point bonus to their account on the new site. That is how you get the 101 rep.

Each upvote is worth 10 points for answers and 5 points for questions as long as your answer or question is not community wiki and you are not over your daily rep limit already.

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What happens if I associated before I had 200 reputation points, and have now? They just dont exist? I think I'm in this exactly situation. :) –  GmonC Sep 22 '09 at 20:55
    
@GmonC - remove your account associations and then reassociate. This will add the 100 points if you have an account with 200+. –  Tauren Feb 5 '10 at 23:21

I think because they migrate their profiles from other sites in the trilogy. That gives you 100.

Start with 1 + 100 = 101

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In the case of meta everybody's SO profile was copied over (which is why a lot of people have the same user id on SO and Meta) to create the initial population of users. Most of these won't have been interested in using meta so they'll have the initial amount of rep which I believe was set to 101 to enable everyone to vote down straight away (NOTE this was before the reputation required to vote down was increased to 125). This was later formalised as the 100 point bonus for linking accounts.

New people registering will start at 1 unless they link a 200+ point account from SO, SF or SU.

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Vote down requires 125 reputation. –  nyuszika7h Mar 8 '11 at 12:01
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@Nyuszika7H - it wasn't always thus and certainly not in September 2009 when I wrote this answer. –  ChrisF Mar 8 '11 at 12:09

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