I found this gem in the What is "meta"? How does it work? subpage of Help Center:

Votes on meta do not affect your reputation; your meta reputation is the same as your reputation on Stack Overflow (synchronized hourly), though you earn separate badges. You must have 5 reputation to participate on meta.

The whole section is actually wrong for this very meta site:

According to this post Merging meta reputation to SO reputation That is not correct because meta SO provides a little bit for all Stack Exchange.

It sounds like an old feature but the about page was never updated..

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    @Bart: read the title? It's on SO. stackoverflow.com/help/whats-meta (I'm pretty sure even the section title "If you have an account on Stack Overflow, you have an account on its meta site." is a blatant lie.)
    – Wooble
    Aug 28, 2013 at 11:47
  • On the Stack Overflow help center. There's a link at the bottom "What is "meta"? How does it work?"
    – TsSkTo
    Aug 28, 2013 at 11:48
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    @Wooble Gotcha. Updated the post with the link. And yeah, network-wide copy-pasta I'd say.
    – Bart
    Aug 28, 2013 at 11:49
  • How does this hidden under the rug? In the about page of all places. If you have an account on Stack Overflow, you have an account on its meta site. in title font. Aug 28, 2013 at 11:53
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    The reason is pretty obvious: the help center pages are the same all over the network and that section is correct for all sites except Stack Overflow, having unique Meta site with different rules. I was sure it was reported before but couldn't find the dupe. Aug 28, 2013 at 11:56
  • a blatant lie, really or did I miss the sarcasm, @Wooble?
    – Arjan
    Aug 28, 2013 at 12:34
  • @Arjan: I'm nearly certain having an account on SO doesn't automatically create an MSO account, so...
    – Wooble
    Aug 28, 2013 at 12:41
  • Sure, @Wooble, but calling that a blatant lie seems quite over the top, to me. But that's just a detail.
    – Arjan
    Aug 28, 2013 at 12:48
  • @Arjan The actual meta help center whats-meta says this: On Meta Stack Overflow, everyone must create a separate account.
    – TsSkTo
    Aug 28, 2013 at 13:04
  • I'm talking about the "blatant" part, TsSkTo. But well.
    – Arjan
    Aug 28, 2013 at 13:06
  • "may post"? Clearly that is not only until users gain 5 rep. Jul 12, 2019 at 21:15

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Stack Overflow's help page has been updated to include the same text that appears on the Meta Stack Overflow page, which correctly states that accounts on MSO work differently than meta accounts on the rest of the network.


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