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I'm not entirely certain when this occurred, though I'm suspicious that this might have first shown up when the new profiles were introduced. I just can't verify that at all. And since the link is missing from both new and old profiles, I just have to assume it's unrelated. On my most active site, and a few others, things are normal:

StackOverflow: enter image description here

and Theoretical Computer Science: enter image description here

are unaffected.

But MathOverflow and Computer Science are affected:

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The list of my exchange sites where the Meta link has vanished:

  • SuperUser (Link is now there! See edit below...)
  • Computer Science
  • Reverse Engineering (Link is now there! More on that below...)
  • Information Security
  • Physics
  • Mathematics
  • MathOverflow
  • Code Review

Notice that this is both new and old profiles. I first observed this on Reverse Engineering. So naturally I typed in the meta site address and navigated to it 'manually'. I posted my observation figuring this had something to with the recent changes (and that it might simply have been moved to some place that was different from every other site). Once I navigated back to the main site profile, the meta link was there! And has been there ever since. This led me to poke around all of my site profiles to see if something was really up, or I was just having some weird dyslexic moment.

I've done a search and nobody else seems to be reporting this by any means that I can find. This might be a feature of some kind, but then why am I seeing the meta link on several other of my exchange site profiles?

Edit: It seems that somebody else attempting to visit the meta profile of a site causes the link to appear, even if I've never attempted it myself. Super User now displays the meta link on my main profile.

marked as duplicate by Shadow The Princess Wizard, mhlester, psubsee2003, Braiam, 3ventic Apr 24 '15 at 1:47

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  • I can see a Meta link on my SuperUser profile. Perhaps it's specific to your account, or a small number of accounts? – dsolimano Apr 23 '15 at 14:55
  • Thanks. I was thinking something like this as well. Glad that it is verified that others can see the link. Would you mind taking a look at SO and maybe a couple of others, just to be sure...? – ouflak Apr 23 '15 at 14:57
  • That's because you don't have meta profile on those sites yet e.g. meta.superuser.com/users/318262 – Shadow The Princess Wizard Apr 23 '15 at 14:58
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    So just to be clear, because I'm about 99% certain that that link used to be there for every profile: If someone doesn't manually go visit their respective Meta, they don't get a link to the Meta? Something must be wrong here. How are new users supposed to ever find the meta? Use the secret code of typing in the address? That doesn't seem right.... I believe that profile creation used to automatically occur when you clicked on the link. – ouflak Apr 23 '15 at 15:01
  • As Nick says: ...if they're on the list they get a link on their profile – Shadow The Princess Wizard Apr 23 '15 at 15:19
  • How much rep do you have on those sites? – Tim Apr 23 '15 at 18:09
  • It varies. Even on low rep/low visit sites like the German beta, I can see the meta link. I'm not sure what the pattern is. – ouflak Apr 23 '15 at 18:18

I think that until you visit meta on a specific site, you don't have an account there. When i manually went to your meta profile for Physics.SE, it was nonexistent. I was able to reproduce this with my own account on Linguistics, where i have never visited meta. So this appears to be .

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    Yes, pretty much this. – Oded Apr 23 '15 at 15:03
  • Then I think this must be broken. How are new users ever supposed to know that they can participate in a meta? – ouflak Apr 23 '15 at 15:03
  • Most users don't need to participate in the meta. But it is linked in the sites drop down and mentioned in the help centre as well has having a badge for it. There are plenty of places where users are made aware of the meta. – Oded Apr 23 '15 at 15:09
  • @Scimonster, also this doesn't explain why some users can see the link on my profile, but I can't, as is clearly the case. – ouflak Apr 23 '15 at 17:22
  • @Oded, That's not a good reason for that link to disappear (if I'm correct in assuming that it was always there). – ouflak Apr 23 '15 at 17:24
  • @ouflak When can other people see the link but you can't? – Scimonster Apr 23 '15 at 17:25
  • See the comments on the question above. – ouflak Apr 23 '15 at 17:31
  • @ouflak dsolimano said he could see it on his own profile. And now i can see your Super User meta link, because you've since visited it. – Scimonster Apr 23 '15 at 17:32
  • @ouflak - I don't follow. The link doesn't exist if a user never went to the meta site. It doesn't disappear from anywhere. – Oded Apr 23 '15 at 17:32
  • Then how is it that others can see the link on some of those profile pages that I cannot see? Are you saying that if another user has their own meta account, then they can see a meta link on my page even if I have never been on that meta page? If so, that's kind of crazy. – ouflak Apr 23 '15 at 17:35
  • @Scimonster, I haven't attempted to go to the Super User meta. But now I do see the link (still haven't clicked on it though). I wonder if anybody visiting that meta will suddenly cause the link to appear? Very strange.... – ouflak Apr 23 '15 at 17:52
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    @ouflak why strange? When a user who is logged in to a main site visits its meta site for the first time, account on that meta is automatically created in that instant. There is a process running every few minutes that skims through meta profiles, and making sure everyone with meta profile will have a link to it from their main profile. Makes total sense to me. – Shadow The Princess Wizard Apr 23 '15 at 20:18

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