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Reputation and badges (known as 'rep' for the purposes of this post) seem to be confusing on Meta SE sites:

  1. Rep is not always the same between SE Main and SE Meta. Presumably this is due to caching.

  2. Rep means nothing on SE Meta but is still shown just like on the Main site, suggesting to the user that it behaves the same way. However up/down voting does not affect the score which is not expected.

  3. Rep does operate as expected on this SO Meta, leaving users more confused if they stumble across here.

I found these issues myself when first starting on Meta Stack Exchange sites, and just had another user report the same thing.

Would it be possible to hide rep on Meta SE sites, or at least make it visually obvious that it's a different animal?

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Just FYI, rep does mean something on meta. The same privileges are given on meta that are given on the main site. It's merely earned different ways. –  PearsonArtPhoto May 3 '11 at 4:15
    
@Pearsonartphoto: Good point, thank you! –  Alex Angas May 3 '11 at 4:30

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  1. Correct. Your child meta account is synced with the parent account hourly. This is contained in the FAQ linked below.
  2. Rep does mean something. This post explains why rep works the way it does on a child meta.
  3. Meta Stack Overflow is not a child meta. It is the hub of the entire network.

In order to find details about reputation on a child meta, one need look no further than the FAQ.

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Since when do people read instructions? :) –  Alex Angas May 3 '11 at 4:40

Also see

http://blog.stackoverflow.com/2010/07/new-per-site-metas/

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I couldn't find any other posts on MSO about this, so if just myself and one other user got confused, it's probably not a problem. –  Alex Angas May 3 '11 at 7:55

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