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I noticed that my user page on the meta site for the gadgets SE doesn't have an accounts tab, but the equivalent page on the main site does. I found the same on Web Apps and for other users on both sites.

Why would the meta site and the main site be different?

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Correct, see the meta /faq for why this would be.

(hint: there is no reputation on the per-site child meta sites.)

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