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Can I move reputation from Stack Overflow to Server Fault? Why not?

So now that we have the StackExchange, should we have an exchange rate for Rep between the sites? I'd like to transfer some Rep :)

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I will trade you some rep for my 2nd round draft pick, back-up PHP developer, cash considerations and a developer to be named later. –  Michael Kniskern Aug 20 '10 at 1:16
    
@Michael - haha, are you sure you can make this trade, you need to watch your Rep Cap! :P –  SwDevMan81 Aug 20 '10 at 11:36

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I agree that reputation should not be freely interchangeable, for the reasons outlined by @Jon B, with one exception: Bounties.

One should be able to start a bounty in site B with reputation earned on site A.

Constant participation on a site in the Stack Exchange network - any site - should buy you the right to ask questions in a field you don't know much about with that small additional edge a bounty gives you.

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+1 For a brilliant idea –  Nifle Aug 19 '10 at 21:57
    
implementation would be a bit of a nightmare though –  Jeff Atwood Aug 20 '10 at 2:09
    
@Jeff yeah, that occurred to me afterwards, too... Maybe a very simplistic system (the full bounty sum must be deducted from one site)? –  Pëkka Aug 20 '10 at 7:00
    
this would also be open to weird cross-site gaming issues -- like foreign currency exchange stuff. Far too problematic to ever be implemented. –  Jeff Atwood Aug 20 '10 at 7:08

Rep measures your contribution to a specific site. If you are a high rep user on one site, that doesn't mean you have a good understanding of how another site works (aside from the basic mechanics).

There is a 100 point account association bonus, however.

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I agree. + .... –  studiohack Aug 19 '10 at 22:59

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