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- How does a lurker gain reputation? 4 answers
Why is my reputation on meta-so only 1? (at the time of this writing)
I participate, albeit in a small and quiet way, on 4 other SO sites (stack, super, server, area51). I've not had any significant down-votes that I'm aware of. My reps on the other sites is small but slowly growing (now that I've learned that marking a post community wiki means forsaking all points). I don't mind being small potatoes, it is a reflection of my level of involvement after all. It does suck not even being able to say "hey this question is pretty good or that comment is insightful" by giving an up vote though, and I don't want to game the system by thinking up questions just so I can garner enough points to participate meaningfully.