I just joined Area 51 and noticed a strange bug on the meta: Although I have 50 reputation, it still says that I can't comment on the meta because I don't have 5 reputation. I also therefore can't ask questions because you need 15 Area 51 Discussions reputation to ask a question. Why might this be happening? Pictures: enter image description here

  • Looks like you only have 1 reputation on Area 51 – Cai Sep 22 '16 at 20:26
  • To get 50 you need to verify your email – Shadow9 Sep 22 '16 at 20:41
  • @ShadowWizard thanks forgot about that :-) – Cai Sep 22 '16 at 20:46
  • Yeah, question is why OP think he got 50 reputation... – Shadow9 Sep 22 '16 at 20:49
  • Probably read something about the email verification but didn't actually do it... at a guess – Cai Sep 22 '16 at 20:53
  • @Cai - I did click the link. I have now added images of the problem. – Ethan Chapman Sep 22 '16 at 23:29
  • What is the link to the user profile you're using in that screenshot? I see only 1 rep and a different avatar (but there's been some funky stuff going on with those so that may not mean anything) – Cai Sep 22 '16 at 23:32
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    Hmm, looks like you have multiple accounts (not 100% certain that is the issue, but it's an issue). You should use the contact form and ask to merge your accounts 1 & 2 – Cai Sep 22 '16 at 23:52

Looks like you only have 1 reputation on Area 51. Reputation is earned on a per-site basis and does not carry over, so you need to earn enough reputation on Area 51 itself.

It's worth noting that you have 199 reputation on Arqade. Once you hit 200 reputation on any site you get a +100 association bonus on every site, so all you need to do is earn +1 on Arqade and you will get the bonus on your Area51 account.

Also, on Area 51 (as opposed to other sites) you can verify your email address for an additional +50 reputation (as mentioned in the FAQ).

You can read more about how reputation works here:

  • Just earlier today it said that I had 50 rep from the association bonus. Still, I'll work on getting to 200 on Arqade. – Ethan Chapman Sep 22 '16 at 23:11
  • Did you confirm your email for Area 51? If so you should have the +50 from that – Cai Sep 22 '16 at 23:13
  • Yes, I did. I retried the email link, and the same thing happened. – Ethan Chapman Sep 22 '16 at 23:17
  • One way to get a few quick rep points on Arqade to push you over 200 is to get a few post edits accepted. Find a few questions and/or answers that have poor grammar, spelling, or capitalization and fix them. – Robert Columbia Sep 23 '16 at 2:01
  • The association bonus apparently does not carry over to Area 51 – Ethan Chapman Sep 23 '16 at 14:34
  • It does. You have 101 rep. As I said you have multiple accounts. Use the contact form to get them merged. – Cai Sep 23 '16 at 14:39

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