I am a part of many sites on the SE network, but the two I am referring to are Anime & Manga and Arqade. In A&M, I unlocked the ability to access review queues at 350 rep, while this privilege is not attainable in Arqade until 500 rep.

I've read some other questions, such as Why do certain sites require more reputation for privileges? that also address this, but they state that reputation levels differ when sites are still in beta. However, neither Arqade nor A&M is in beta (public or private) to the extent of my knowledge, so why do the reputation levels vary for the same privilege?

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    Somehow Anime & Manga seems to have kept beta privilege levels for everything despite having launched. Aug 10, 2016 at 7:14
  • @RobertLongson Should I add the 'bug' tag to this question?
    – wcarhart
    Aug 10, 2016 at 7:27
  • maybe Design-Independent Graduation Phase 2 hasn't yet started for these sites? I'd check respective per-site-meta for graduation related announcements to find out
    – gnat
    Aug 10, 2016 at 7:30

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Seems that Anime & Manga graduated and began the design-independent graduation process almost a year ago. But if you read through the meta discussion on Design-Independent Graduation you will see that the increase in privilege thresholds is linked to the new design of the site:

Privilege thresholds -- we know there was some strong support for raising them up front (in Phase 1). For now, we're rolling out design-independent graduation with higher privilege levels linked to site design.

And as you can see Anime & Manga has yet to receive a new design, hence no increase in privilege threshold. There is a meta discussion about the propsed design but I can't see anything regarding a timescale and I believe there has been a backlog on new site designs for some time.

  • If it does get increased to the standard privilege threshold, will I lose privileges that I previously had due to them requiring more reputation? Suppose I have 360 rep and I have a privilege that was unlocked at 350 rep; if this privilege was raised to be unlocked at 500 rep, would I maintain access to it or would I lose it and have to re-earn it?
    – wcarhart
    Aug 13, 2016 at 9:06
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    It will be increased as soon as the graduation process is completed and I believe you will need to re-earn privileges (unless anything has changed, which I don't believe it has).
    – Cai
    Aug 13, 2016 at 9:21

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