If one examines the privileges earned above 100 reputation, they are split into two camps:

  1. Privileges that are dangerous in the hands of someone unfamiliar with the domain.

  2. Privileges that are simply rewards for good participation. These include:

My suggestion is that these passive privileges (and any future privileges of the same type) should be made available across all StackExchange accounts as soon as the necessary reputation is earned on any of the sites.

The fact that a user has earned sufficient reputation in another domain indicates they are probably of good character and a responsible user of the site. Hence, they should be trusted across all sites with non-dangerous privileges they've already earned.

I appreciate this may be difficult or impossible to implement as the current system is tightly wedded to one's per-site reputation, but I thought I'd raise the idea anyway.

  • I don't think that reducing ads fits in with the other two... Though I agree that reduced ads are good the ultimate purpose of the site is to make money so including it may make this less likely to be implemented. – ben is uǝq backwards Dec 14 '12 at 9:18
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    I think all passive privileges should be cross-site. In particular I'd also like the ability to view deleted posts. – CodesInChaos Dec 14 '12 at 9:22
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    I'm torn, on the one hand I can understand your approach...on the other I really like the "proof yourself first, I don't care how much reputation you have on Stack Overflow, this is Sci-Fi, newb!"-approach. – Time Traveling Bobby Dec 14 '12 at 9:46
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    @SulfurizedDemonbobby I think those feelings will still be felt when you can't edit question, retag, even vote down (initially). But it would be nice if StackExchange gave you a terse nod from the bar, like perhaps you belong here. – Duncan Jones Dec 14 '12 at 9:47
  • There should at least be some overlap between privileges across the sites and privileges on this meta; partly because privileges already cross between each site and its associated meta, but also because, if someone has proven themselves on the stackexchange network, then their contributions and suggestions on suggested changes to the network should hold more weight. That's just my current take on it, though. I'm not vehement about it. – Parthian Shot May 30 '14 at 18:20

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