On Stack Overflow the current privilege thresholds are considerably higher than a newly created site such as Interpersonal Skills which tells me that popularity dictates privilege thresholds.

So what happens if I attained privileges and then the threshold is increased?

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If this answer already exists elsewhere then please let me know.

  • This is actually covered in the linked posts. :) Privileges, unlike badges, are absolutely tied to rep. If your rep changes or the privilege levels change, you lose the privilege if you no longer have the required reputation.
    – Catija
    Commented Sep 4, 2018 at 16:08
  • @Catija Thank you for that. I was not aware that this is a beta vs. graduated site specific threshold; TIL what is a "graduated" site. I think my search skills failed me because I was not familiar with terminology. On a tangent, how does a site graduate?
    – MonkeyZeus
    Commented Sep 4, 2018 at 16:16
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    This should give you a general idea for the process.
    – Catija
    Commented Sep 4, 2018 at 16:17
  • @Catija thanks, were there ever suggestions/discussions to continue raising the threshold as a graduated site gains popularity?
    – MonkeyZeus
    Commented Sep 4, 2018 at 17:47
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    @MonkeyZeus: Yes, e.g. meta.stackexchange.com/questions/261525/… Commented Sep 4, 2018 at 18:51

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Then you'll lose them. If the site is large enough to graduate (and get a custom design), it's certainly large enough to gather enough reputation for the increased privilege levels.

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