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On SO, when going to the overview of reputation privileges, following the link to participate in meta it says:

Why do I need 5 rep to post there?

Your reputation on meta is the same as your reputation on the parent site.

You can always read meta with no rep at all.

Because we allow anonymous participation, we require a small bit of parent site reputation to prevent spam, and ensure that meta is for active, engaged members of the community.

But if I've understood it correctly, this isn't correct - at least not the part about "is the same as your reputation on the parent site". You can link link your accounts, but they still have separate reputation scores, right?

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Stack Overflow and Meta Stack Overflow are the exception to the rule. You're right though, this should be changed. +1 –  Pops Nov 16 '10 at 15:24

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This seems to have been fixed:

Why do I need 5 rep to post there?

The following applies to all per-site Metas except Stack Overflow. You do not need Stack Overflow rep to post on its Meta, and your rep on its Meta isn't tied to the parent site.

Otherwise:

Your reputation on meta is the same as your reputation on the parent site.

You can always read meta with no rep at all.

Because we allow anonymous participation, we require a small bit of parent site reputation to prevent spam, and ensure that meta is for active, engaged members of the community.

(Italic emphasis mine)

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