I have a minor curiosity on this, but I can't seem to find any documentation (at least on MSO or on the Area51 FAQ) about this specific point: What happens to your privileges when a site becomes a 'real' website/successfully graduates from the beta process?

I see that rep requirements increase to full site levels. In other words, if I get to 1000 on a beta site, and can then make direct edits, and the minimum goes up, am I suddenly barred from that, even though I was already trusted to do this?

When the site graduates, what happens?

  1. The rep requirement is increased, but I am grandfathered into and retain the privilege.
  2. The rep requirement is increased, and I lose the privilege.
  3. The rep requirement is increased, and my current reputation is scaled up to match, thereby preserving my privileges.


I understand point #2 to be correct.

Now that I know this, can we add this to the beta sites' and/or Area 51 FAQs or make this information more readily available in some other way (I'm still leaning toward the FAQs)?

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    Changes in privilege levels are documented in this FAQ entry. I think it implies that privileges can be lost when a site changes phase, but it never says that explicitly.
    – Pops
    Jul 31, 2012 at 22:01
  • @PopularDemand Well, that's exactly my point! ;-)
    – Gaffi
    Jul 31, 2012 at 23:43

2 Answers 2


There's no grandfathering of privileges of any kind. You'll immediately be held to the new privileges threshold and lose any privileges you no longer quality for. Similarly if you got a downvote at 3000 rep on a graduated site and now have 2998 rep, you'll (practically) immediately lose your close-vote ability.

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    Sounds reasonable, makes sense. Any way to get this added to an FAQ? (Or does it already exist and I just missed it??)
    – Gaffi
    Jul 11, 2012 at 21:20
  • I am going to unaccept this answer in the hopes the question gets a little more attention/a formal response to the point about the FAQ. Sorry, Ben.
    – Gaffi
    Jul 31, 2012 at 21:33
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    @Gaffi and thus bounties were born....
    – Naftali
    Jul 31, 2012 at 21:35
  • @IAMNOTONMETAATTHEMOMENT Yeah, but it shouldn't cost my extremely valuable Meta rep (only way I know how to procure glittery unicorns) to get things done!
    – Gaffi
    Jul 31, 2012 at 21:37
  • @Gaffi if you want things done. You do them yourself. No matter how much it costs ^_^
    – Naftali
    Jul 31, 2012 at 21:37
  • @IAMNOTONMETAATTHEMOMENT But... How do I shot web? No really, I can't fix the FAQ myself... can I?
    – Gaffi
    Jul 31, 2012 at 21:39
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    @Gaffi alright; personally I'd have made a second, separate [feature-request] post though
    – Ben Brocka
    Jul 31, 2012 at 21:41
  • Well, I went ahead and bounty'd up anyway. ;-)
    – Gaffi
    Jul 31, 2012 at 21:41
  • Darn, I was afraid this would be the case. It does make sense, though. All the more incentive to keep earning that rep.
    – Jamal
    Sep 7, 2013 at 19:41

So, I was unaware that this was a possibility for me, but I've updated this FAQ with the info from Ben's answer.

Thanks for the help, guys.

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