New privilege:

Registered Voter -5k(?) combined rep. You are trusted enough to vote on any post that you're reading, whether or not you have signed up for the specific site.

Unwilling to sign up for my 43rd account and in an effort to avoid (going insane) my own self from posting where I shouldn't; I just want the ability to vote. NOT the ability to post or comment (of which I cannot help myself once the rabbit hole is opened).

There are a few sites like this that hold interest for me. Academia is the main one where my two cents would be foreign currency. Time and again I find myself reading their posts with nothing more to add then wow (+1). However, if I had an account there I might be tempted to (make noise) exchange my money...

Apparently SE wants me in a position capable of making noise if I'm to vote. (?)

@Oded This is different from the association bonus (which gives you the ability to upvote and comment) in that, that's exactly what I don't want. 'Signing up' or 'logging in' let me do many things. Including then having to police my own comments that I left in a less than keen state of mind. Half of my accounts are probably to upvote someone's comment and that was it. Now it's on my list of places I have to keep cleaner than I found it. Not signing up for the rest of all of SE is a personal roadblock to make that job easier. I just find it funny SE lets you vote and contribute with the same level of 'trust'. One would find it easier to identify good content than to produce it themselves, no?

This didn't make my final cut:

Votes make Stack Exchange go-around. Absolutely nothing (other than the attempt to cling to my own sanity) is keeping me from signing up, voting, asking, answering, or commenting anywhere, ever ; SE already 'trusts me' (auto +100). Is the problem that down-votes have to be accountable for? Well, then take them off their highest site's rep.

The problem, as it turns out, is that network profiles don't have privileges.

  • Are you serious? – nicael Dec 2 '14 at 10:17
  • @nicael Why not, this is nothing the site association bonus doesn't do for you anyway. – Mazura Dec 2 '14 at 10:19
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    Can you expand on what makes this different to the association bonus (which give you the abilities to upvote and comment)? – Oded Dec 2 '14 at 10:19
  • @Oded OP is lazy to log in. – nicael Dec 2 '14 at 10:20
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    @Oded You can't downvote with the association bonus (not saying that's a bad thing though) – yannis Dec 2 '14 at 10:20
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    Also - to get to +5000, you just need one site with > 200 rep, then register on 47 other sites (so, you get 4,800 in association bonus, plus the 200). – Oded Dec 2 '14 at 10:20
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    @Yannis - for good reason. – Oded Dec 2 '14 at 10:21
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    @Oded Sure. Now how about we also remove upvoting from the mix? I don't see the point in letting people who haven't earned any rep on the site upvote. – yannis Dec 2 '14 at 10:22
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    @Mazura not going to happen since the network profile is not a real account. You can try asking for such a thing in a separate request. – Shadow The Burning Wizard Dec 2 '14 at 10:35
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    @Yannis ...or at least delay granting 'em that privilege "wanna vote? stick with us! (for at least a day or two)" – gnat Dec 2 '14 at 10:36
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    @Mazura looks like the real problem is your addiction to take part in sites once you have account. I fear Stack Exchange is not responsible for this and can't really do anything, apart of maybe add a warning when creating new account same way cigarettes have warnings. – Shadow The Burning Wizard Dec 2 '14 at 12:24
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    -1 We have actually had quite an opposite request: Prevent questions on Hot List from being upvoted by casual visitors (only rep is from association bonus) – yo' Dec 2 '14 at 12:26
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    Well, they do not abandon criteria for voting, they simply generate a very biased noise, which is given by the system. And even if they were behaving "stupid", it doesn't change the fact that their "stupidity" has to be considered when building up the criteria. (Disclaimer: I don't mean "stupid" to be offensive, I just can't find a better word for it.) – yo' Dec 2 '14 at 12:38
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    @tohecz probably "ignorance" would be a better word for it. Or, if you don't mind using few words instead of one, "lack of familiarity with site topics and quality norms"... – gnat Dec 2 '14 at 16:13
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    @gnat To build on your ideas, "lack of familiarity with the site" is actually very precise, self-explanatory and describes the problem really well. It as well clearly shows that this vote bias is not exactly their fault. – yo' Dec 2 '14 at 16:36

This is for good reason. Privileges are site-specific, not network-wide. Other people have explained this many times, but I'll summarize again: Just because you're an expert at cooking (for example) doesn't mean you should go moderate gaming.

If you want to exercise your right to upvote/comment on sites that you're currently not a part of, is it so hard to hit login, give your openID, and create the account? You get the association bonus, and boom -- you're done.

No need to continue using the account, though of course you are free to.

  • I'm not "to lazy to login", I don't want to deal with account numbers 43-97... You and Shadow hit it on the head I guess: cannot haz. – Mazura Dec 2 '14 at 10:50

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