I came across this account and noticed that it has got a reputation of exactly 101 on more than 20 Stack Exchange platforms, even without posting any question or answer (see image below).
At first I thought it's due to the first days of SE when there hasn't been such strict reputation gaining rules as today. But then I saw that this is even true for accounts that have been created only half a year ago.


So, am I missing something here like "Take this online introduction tour and gain 101 reputation"?
I'm asking because for me it takes quite a long time to gain enough reputation to become a productive member (voting, commenting, editing,..) on SE, especially when joining a new platform.

  • Can you link the account?
    – user299237
    Commented Jul 28, 2015 at 15:40
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    You get 100 points association bonus on every site you join if one of your accounts has more than 200 points. I'm guessing that this user has over 200 points on at least one account, and then was given the association bonus.
    – Catija
    Commented Jul 28, 2015 at 15:41
  • @Catija That is true, one account has more than 200 rep. points. Commented Jul 28, 2015 at 15:45

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This is most probably due to the association bonus. When you have 200+ reputation on any SE site, you get a bonus of 100 on each new site you register an account on (and that is linked to the 200+ site's account, of course), in addition to the 1 reputation point you normally get upon registering anyway. So this results in the very common pattern of 101 reputation you see.

  • So as soon as you hit the 200 on one account your other ones will get a bones of 100? Commented Jul 28, 2015 at 15:46
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    @JimMcAdams yes - as said so in the link Christian mentioned :) Commented Jul 28, 2015 at 15:48

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