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What does the total reputation field on Area51 represent? It's obviously not the total of the user's reputation on the various sites, as that is the number listed as user reputation.

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It's the total rep of the user and all the people that they've referred.

Click on it and see what you get:

Not all total rep are equal :-)

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Does that mean that being referred counts double for achieving site goals? Once for the actual user, and once for the referrer? – Grace Note Jun 15 '10 at 12:55
@ccomet - no idea. – ChrisF Jun 15 '10 at 12:56
@ccomet no, it's just a way to show off that you got people to sign up – David Fullerton Jun 15 '10 at 13:11
@David Thanks for the quick answer! – Grace Note Jun 15 '10 at 13:12
Hmmm, odd, the tooltip has changed from "... reputation across all sites" to just "reputation score". – Arjan Jan 8 '12 at 16:00

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