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Why do I have a different reputation score on meta.stackoverflow.com and stackoverflow.com?

It seems like the reputation between a site and its meta is shared now.

But I had my Meta Stack Overflow account created before that change, and now my reputation here is different than my rep on Stack Overflow.

What is even stranger, when I visit my profile's Accounts tab, I get this message:

Couldn't match accounts across our network of websites.
Hopefully this is temporary. Please refresh the page to try again.

Why is that happening?

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It would also piss lots of meta users off if they stripped their hard-earned reputation and mashed it with the SO rep. Lots of people on here don't heavily participate on SO. –  jjnguy Oct 8 '10 at 13:56
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marked as duplicate by Pops, Bo Persson, Toon Krijthe, Jim, jonsca Sep 25 '12 at 20:42

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Meta SO is a bit of a special case. It is unlike other per-site metas; see http://blog.stackoverflow.com/2010/07/new-per-site-metas/

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Just so you know, some of us on here have no lives whatsoever and really do appreciate that our time spent on meta is rewarded by big fancy numbers next to our names. Not that I personally know anyone like this or anything... –  user27414 Oct 7 '10 at 22:18
@Jon, I call shenanigans! –  Rebecca Chernoff Oct 7 '10 at 23:05
@rchern on a completely different note, out of curiousity, what does the huge red heart in my global flair mean? (I assume from your profile that you are the author of this lovely thing - if you aren't, I apologize) –  Pëkka Oct 7 '10 at 23:11
@Pekka The heart is the logo of the gaming website now. stackexchange.com/sites –  HoLyVieR Oct 7 '10 at 23:44
I have an account on gaming? Since when...? But if the flair says it, it must be true. Thanks @Hox –  Pëkka Oct 7 '10 at 23:49
What do you know: I have 135 points on gaming.SE. Hah! The new design there is absolutely brilliant by the way. This is the only right way to design a games Q&A site. SO Team, please please weather any negative feedback you may be getting for it - it's worth it. –  Pëkka Oct 7 '10 at 23:51
@Jon, I upvoted you, uh, on behalf of a friend. –  Pops Oct 8 '10 at 2:10
@Pekka, I am indeed, and @Hox is correct, that is the gaming logo. (StackFlair does not omit accounts with < 200 rep) –  Rebecca Chernoff Oct 8 '10 at 2:26
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