Is this by-design or a bug?

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+1 if only for a good question, but I have the feeling it's going to get asked again ... and again ... and again ... and ... and ... .. .. .. –  jcolebrand Dec 10 '10 at 14:46
Careful, or your rep on SO will soon match your rep on meta SO ... they have an odd sense of humor. –  Tim Post Dec 10 '10 at 15:20
@drachenstern It's already been asked again and again and again –  Michael Mrozek Dec 10 '10 at 16:11
possible duplicate of Should reputation from SO carry over to Meta? –  Michael Mrozek Dec 10 '10 at 16:15
@Michael ~ I felt there was some difference in the two. One seemed to be someone who knew the system, one didn't, or at least, that was my casual perusal... –  jcolebrand Dec 10 '10 at 16:41
@drachenstern Sure, but it's pretty common to close "is this a bug?" questions as duplicates of questions that explain them. There was a better duplicate, but it's deleted for some reason:… –  Michael Mrozek Dec 10 '10 at 16:49
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up vote 10 down vote accepted

It's by design.

Meta.SO does not work like the other metas, it's independent

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I see. In that case it's rather confusing. Would be clearer if the current meta.SO was meta.SE, and the current meta.SE was.... whatever. –  Tshepang Dec 10 '10 at 14:22
@Tshepang This has often been brought up, but the problem is that "whatever" deal. –  Grace Note Dec 10 '10 at 14:35
@Tshe, yeah. This is essentially meta.SE-2.0. We can't change the name to meta.SE because the old meta.SE is for SE-1.0 sites. This meta server both StackOverflow and the SE engine in general. –  jjnguy Dec 10 '10 at 14:35
@jjn Wow! It's even worse than I thought! I wasn't aware that meta.SE was for SE-1.0 sites! –  Tshepang Dec 10 '10 at 15:13
@Tshe, yeah. If it weren't for that, I'd bet this site would have been renamed already. –  jjnguy Dec 10 '10 at 15:14
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Because being good at writing funny questions and witty remarks doesn't necessarily make you useful at answering programming questions.

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