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Currently, the first time a user on the Stack Exchange network reaches 200 reputation, they get an extra 100 rep on that account and all their associated accounts.

I believe this should be documented as a privilege at 200 rep (along with the lessening of adverts) for the following reasons.

When a user gets a new privilege, they get notified about it and would most likely go and see what that privilege allows them to do.

It would explain to new and active users that the SE site they are using - whether Stack Overflow, Super User or any other site - is not the only one. And that the community is larger than that, with a link to this page perhaps: http://stackexchange.com/sites

Also it would explain that there is no need to start all over again to be able to participate in any other SE site. And that they would already have some of the basic privileges.

One technical drawback would be the difficulty of what to do on SE sites where the user hasn't yet reached 200 rep, but has already received that privilege via another SE site?

  • I'm not sure I understand how you want to change the process. How would it work differently if it were a privilege than it works now? – Pëkka Sep 5 '13 at 12:38
  • You seem to be requesting this feature to improve user awareness of the other SE sites. Do you think it would be more efficient than the list of sites already available in the page footer and in the MultiCollider SuperDropdown™? – Frédéric Hamidi Sep 5 '13 at 12:40
  • @FrédéricHamidi Of course, simply because not all people check a site's footer, and you can't explain what those links are in a footer. But more people check their notifications. The privilege won't have anything new that isn't already implemented. Only more awareness to it by having some content in them explaining what those sites are. – Dan Sep 5 '13 at 12:45
  • @notPekka I do not want to change the current process at all, just adding more info to it. – Dan Sep 5 '13 at 12:47
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    @Dan, so the privilege notification message would list the 106 sites along with their descriptions? It may be a little too long to be useable, let alone read in the first place. – Frédéric Hamidi Sep 5 '13 at 12:47
  • @FrédéricHamidi No, it would only say that there are other SE sites with a link to stackexchange.com/sites – Dan Sep 5 '13 at 12:49
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    How about adding that information to the reduced ads privilege page? – Oded Sep 5 '13 at 12:52
  • @Oded Cool, that would be a good idea. But should it stay by that name? – Dan Sep 5 '13 at 12:56
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    Well, most privileges give you more than what they are named after - so, in this respect it will not be different, though I see merit to your suggestion. Point being that on that page the information will certainly gain more visibility than currently. – Oded Sep 5 '13 at 12:58
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    +1, I love this idea. Some concept art – David Chen Sep 5 '13 at 13:16
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    "Verified" would be a bit misleading though - Twitter and others use it to point out members whose identity has been verified offline. "Established" would be more fitting – Pëkka Sep 5 '13 at 13:18
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    @notPekka I did think of that, specially since all those related questions about "verified users" were being suggested while typing the question. I couldn't think of anything else since both Trusted User and Established User are already used. – Dan Sep 5 '13 at 13:22
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    I've edited the question to try to reflect this comment thread. I've removed the reference to "verified user", as that seems to have caused more confusion than enlightenment. – EnergyNumbers Sep 5 '13 at 13:23
  • "I believe this should be documented as a privilege at 200 rep (along with the lessening of adverts)". This part is a no-brainer. It still hasn't happened 11 months later. Please add the association bonus to /help/privileges – Qubei Aug 8 '14 at 4:17

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