On Stack Overflow, I crossed 200 reputation and got the 100 rep association bonus on all my other accounts. I also got 100 rep on Stack Overflow. Giving an Association Bonus to my other Stack Exchange accounts is completely understandable, but what is the use of giving the Association Bonus to the account which gain 200 rep?

I have gone through this question, but it only explains how it works.

  • 2
    You gain the association bonus on all your accounts across the network. You get the bonus for associating, so it is only fair that your SO account is not exempted. Jul 26, 2013 at 10:26
  • 1
    @MartijnPieters I know that, but question is what is the use of giving +100 to the account which gained 200 rep Jul 26, 2013 at 10:27
  • 2
    Fairness. Period.
    – Antony
    Jul 26, 2013 at 10:27
  • 1
    @Antony Fairness, a good point, But somewhere on Stack Overflow I read Reputation is to be hard earned, and users should work hard for it, In that context i think its unfair Jul 26, 2013 at 10:30
  • 2
    I see your point here, and it makes some degree of sense. But Antony's point is probably the winner. As far as rep being "hard earned", that's true, but 100 points is basically nothing. And there's no way to abuse this, you only get the association bonus once. Jul 26, 2013 at 10:42
  • @CodyGray I'm not abusing it, but I don't see any point of giving it also Jul 26, 2013 at 10:51
  • 1
    The point is simplicity. Granting 100 rep to all associated accounts is simpler than granting to all bar one. When one account would be excluded, it's just a matter of time before "Why didn't I get 100 rep for associating?"-type questions pop up. Jul 26, 2013 at 10:57
  • 11
    Here's another issue it avoids: If you have two accounts with almost 200 rep, you don't have to worry about which one gets the bonus and which doesn't.
    – kapex
    Jul 26, 2013 at 11:54
  • 1
    Yeah, what @kapep says. Say you've got an account at 199 and another at 120. You gain +5 on the first, go over 200 and get +100 on the other one. Then, if that first one didn't get +100 as well, suddenly that other one would have the highest rep. That doesn't sound right, does it?
    – SQB
    Apr 9, 2014 at 10:11

1 Answer 1


We operate like DirecTV here, you and your friend (in this case, yourself) both get a reward for the association/referral. When you have 9 users on 9 sites and a year from now one doesn't have the bonus...why? That makes even less sense, so we award it across all sites, intentionally.

We can manually remove yours if you're that upset about the free points, but we'd rather not.

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .