Is it possible to earn cross site reputation? I answered an old question awhile ago, and referenced a post on Meta Stack Overflow. I got a comment from Shadow Wizard saying

Cross site points. Enjoy!

Of course I can't get reps on a meta site, but what if I would have referenced the parent Stack Overflow site? Would I have got reps there, or was that a joke?


You can attract an audience to a post by strategically linking to them from post or comments. Some of those visitors might decide to vote, either up or down. If done from a site-meta it is known as the meta-effect.

But that is not real cross-site rep.

You can get an association bonus once you reach 200 reputation on any site. On all other sites in your network profile you get 100 reputation, unleashing a fair amount of moderation abilities and features without posting any question/answer or be active on those sites.

So, was @ShadowWizard joking? Yes and no. In general, stay away from the wizards.

  • 'In general, stay away from the wizards.' - wtf you don't accept magic?!
    – nicael
    Nov 11 '15 at 19:19
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    Excellent answer from my favorite magical flower! :D Nov 11 '15 at 19:54
  • "...stay away from the wizards..." "...for they are subtle, and quick to anger." Nov 12 '15 at 20:02

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