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Why can't I associate my meta account?
Shouldn't my Meta Stack Overflow and Stack Overflow reputations be the same?

I have read through some of the previous questions about linking SO to Meta and can't find a definitive answer or it's been months since it was last brought up (so I apologize in advance for asking a repetitive question). Is there any way I can link these two accounts and have reputation points carry over? Thanks in advance for your help!

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marked as duplicate by Toon Krijthe, Pops, Cody Gray, kiamlaluno, jonsca Jul 29 '12 at 1:40

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What's your SO account? I can't find one with the same name or login. – mmyers Dec 1 '10 at 20:19
Potentially a dupe of…, or possibly… depending on what the OP is trying to ask... or maybe neither of the above. – Pops Dec 1 '10 at 20:41
@Popular I think you're right – Michael Mrozek Dec 1 '10 at 20:45
@michael I agree, I can't find this user anywhere on Stack Overflow with any possible valid search I can come up with – Jeff Atwood Dec 2 '10 at 5:01
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You can't.

This meta is special.

//Here I have assumed that you are asking about the situation where reputation is inherited from

If, instead you are asking about the 100 rep bonus for associating accounts, then you can get that. There is an "accounts" tab in you profile on every site, and you control associations from there.

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Oh, it's sad that I just wrote that whole paragraph and completely missed what he was saying. Yeah, meta.SO reputation isn't connected to SO reputation like most SE metas are; meta.SO is treated as its own SE site – Michael Mrozek Dec 1 '10 at 20:19
@Michael - your answer is still partially valid as the OP hasn't associated his SO and MSO accounts, so he won't get the 100 point bonus (assuming 200+ points on SO). – ChrisF Dec 1 '10 at 20:20
@Michael Mrozek Thank you. I hope this helps other new meta.SO users in the future. I will close out this question. – SDTechGuy2000 Dec 1 '10 at 20:40
@SDGuy, wait, so who was right? You thanked Michael but marked dmckee's answer as accepted, so I remain confused. – Pops Dec 1 '10 at 20:47
@popular demand - aren't they both right? – SDTechGuy2000 Dec 1 '10 at 21:46

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