One gets easily confused seeing many people on Meta with 30k, 40k, or 45k reputation. For a while one may mistakenly think they must be really smart, brainy, and experienced. Until he checks out their Stack Overflow reputation which could be peanuts compared to that! It's only then that one gets the real idea about them, after they have been taken for a ride. How can we prevent this on Meta? Should both reputations be displayed side-by-side? After all, reputation on Meta is not even remotely comparable with that on Stack Overflow as Meta is basically a chat/small-talk site where you give wordy answers and it doesn't take much talent to do that, while in Stack Overflow things are so strict and rigorous.
You can't compare both reputations because they don't represent the same thing at all. It's like comparing reputation on
Arqade with reputation on
Stack Overflow. It would like saying:
Hey this guy knows a lot about video games so it gives him a lot of C# notoriety
Questions on meta are about the community, the site in general, bug reports, feature requests or even winter hats...