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I vigorously request that the reputation system be revised to let people with higher reputation in other Stack Exchange sites be able to comment on questions/answers.

A possibly reasonable approach would be to make your privilege based on an average: if the average is above the reputation needed to post comments, then users should be allowed to comment everywhere. To make the system maybe a tiny bit more "resistant" to problems, there could be a minimum reputation to hold in at least two accounts, and to have at least 3 accounts associated.

I don't know if this makes sense to you, but it would be greatly helpful because, well, it's not very nice to be deleted questions.

I am very willing to behave "well" but if I don't have enough points to comment, how am I supposed to?

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If you have at least 200 reputation in any one account, you can get an association bonus that gives a one-time +100 reputation bonus to all accounts. This is sufficient enough to allow you to comment on every site. I'm not sure what the rest of your request is, especially given your title, but the point of "People with high rep on other sites should be able to comment" is already done. –  Grace Note Jun 8 '11 at 21:03
    
The title and the content seem to conflict. You need 50 points to comment. Your title seems to say "I should need 100 or 1000 or more points to comment" but your body says "My points from other sites should count for commenting". Can you edit the title to match the content? –  Kate Gregory Jun 8 '11 at 21:04
    
LOL sorry I am tired - title fixed. –  Andrea Raimondi Jun 8 '11 at 21:07
    
You could've just edited 25 posts. Does seem annoying, but I've received 150+ rep just wasting away my day editing posts to get basic privileges. Then rep after that comes much easier. –  Annonomus Penguin Oct 21 '13 at 20:59

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When a users with 200 reputation on one site creates an account on another site, those accounts are associated and the second account gets a 100 rep "bonus". That right away enables the user to start posting comments.

I see your highest account on Stack Exchange is on Stack Overflow where you have 171 points. You can re-associate your accounts once you gain 30 more points on Stack Overflow to get the bonus rep on your other accounts.

I'm a bit hazy on how re-association works, but hopefully someone will correct me here if I get it wrong.

To clear account associations, visit your profile on Stack Overflow and choose the Accounts tab. (Or click this link.) There will be a button at the bottom of the page to "Clear all account associations". Next time you sign in to one of your other accounts, you will be prompted to associate accounts again.

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How do I do that once I have the points? –  Andrea Raimondi Jun 8 '11 at 21:09
    
@Andrea I updated my answer to include that. –  Anna Lear Jun 8 '11 at 21:12
    
I think the bonus is applied when you hit 200 points on any site even if you've already associated, but I can't find the post that states this right now. –  ChrisF Jun 8 '11 at 22:39
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@ChrisF You're right, it's automatic now –  Michael Mrozek Jun 8 '11 at 22:46
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re-association is no longer required -- this happens automatically when accounts pass the +200 threshold on at least one site. –  Jeff Atwood Jun 9 '11 at 0:35

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