While users unlock all possible privileges at 20,000 reputation, their privileges are still "enhanced" as their reputation increases. For instance,

Are there any other "enhanced" privileges out there that I am missing? It would be great if someone provided an exhaustive list of incremental privileges, as it's difficult to know for sure without sifting through the entire privileges help center page.

At what point does a user gain 100% access to all possible privileges on the site (i.e., the maximum # of delete votes, flags, etc.)?

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    I want to say "when they become a moderator" but I know a dev will soon come along and scoff at me. Commented Jun 14, 2012 at 15:26
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    When they become a developer :)
    – ChrisF Mod
    Commented Jun 14, 2012 at 15:29
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    @ChrisF that is technically the correct answer. Or maybe, when you become Jeff Atwood :)
    – Pekka
    Commented Jun 14, 2012 at 15:31
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    When you own a majority of stock in StackExchange Inc. Commented Jun 14, 2012 at 15:40
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    When you actually know the answer to this question.
    – Fewfre
    Commented Jun 14, 2012 at 18:24

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In theory, it'd have to be the 180k reputation milestone.

At that point, you get 90 bonus flags for the maximum of 100 moderator flags each day, regardless of your flagging history. However, in practice this is (now) mostly meaningless because most of your bonus flags will come from your flags that were deemed helpful anyway, and you can get to 100 flags with just 15 rep.

Maxing out your delete votes however is based only on your reputation and happens a lot sooner than that: 30 votes at 35k reputation.

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    Nice to know that you still get some incremental privilege enhancements above 20K rep.
    – user102937
    Commented Jun 14, 2012 at 15:33
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    Are there any milestones between 20K and 180K? Commented Jun 14, 2012 at 15:35
  • @ɹǝʞɐʇıɥʍʍǝɹpuɐ Depending on your flag weight, the 100 flags milestone is anywhere between 180k and 116k, and there's the 30 delete votes at 35k.
    – a cat
    Commented Jun 14, 2012 at 15:38
  • So delete votes and flags are the only additional privileges after 20k? There's nothing else that you can gain privilege-wise? Commented Jun 14, 2012 at 16:16
  • @AlexLockwood No, (as of writing) 20k unlocked the last privilege, "Trusted User".
    – vcsjones
    Commented Jun 14, 2012 at 16:17
  • @vcsjones, No it's not. You get additional delete votes and flags even after 20k. Did you read my question? Commented Jun 14, 2012 at 16:23
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    My question remains: is there anything else left to gain other than delete/flag votes after 20k? For example, close votes, up/down votes, etc.? Commented Jun 14, 2012 at 16:26
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    @AlexLockwood I don't think so, else I would've mentioned those. Probably some anti-abuse/rate limiting mechanics take your rep into account, but we can't really pinpoint specifics. I know there is a point at <=101 rep where the spam filter lets you post spam if you solve a CAPTCHA first.
    – a cat
    Commented Jun 14, 2012 at 16:33
  • Scaling the number of close votes has been suggested @Alex, but is not currently implemented.
    – Shog9
    Commented Jun 14, 2012 at 17:54
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    If it all seems meaningless above 20k, perhaps you can delete your account and start over?
    – Bo Persson
    Commented Jun 14, 2012 at 18:25
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    @BoPersson: No need to delete the account. Just donate reputation via Bounties. Commented Jun 14, 2012 at 18:35

The algorithm for number of helpful flags has changed to make it much easier to reach the full 100 flags (I have maxed out on SO at only 17k):

  • Having 25k reputation and 780 net helpful flags,
  • Having 35k reputation and 730 net helpful flags,
  • Having 180k reputation and zero net helpful flags.

The latter two max out delete votes (for 100% privileges).


Once the new dupehammer feature was introduced, there's now a new threshold for having maximum privileges: once one has a gold badge for at least one tag used by every question on the site, it becomes possible for them to bindingly close as duplicate any question on the site or reopen any question on the site closed as a duplicate.

This would be difficult/impossible to earn on main Q&A sites especially given that tag badges are only issued for tags used on at least 100 questions and some questions may have only tags for which badges aren't issued.

However, on meta sites, due to having required tags (, , , and , or their localized equivalents on international site metas), these badges become way easier to earn, as once the meta site becomes more active each of those tags qualifies for badges way quicker. This also applies to sites with other sets of required tags (Stack Apps and Area 51 Discussions).

Therefore, the answer to "when do you gain maximum privileges" on a site with required tags is when one has a gold badge for all of the site's required tags - this will allow them dupehammer privileges on every question on the site.


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