This is weird. On meta.SO I seem to have my own reputation, different from my Stack Overflow reputation. Yet, according to the FAQs, there is no reputation on any meta site (other than this one, Stack Exchange Meta) As stated:

Votes on meta do not affect your reputation; your meta reputation is the same as your reputation on Stack Overflow (synchronized hourly), though you earn separate badges. You must have 5 reputation to participate on meta.

So I shouldn't have any reputation on meta. However I do, along with everybody else.

How to see your meta reputation in 3 easy steps (with Ethan K)

  1. Click on this button:

    community nav button

  2. Then add any meta site that is not this one to the YOUR COMMUNITIES section with the edit button next to it. You may want to add the main site as well if it is not already there (for ease of seeing the bug feature, not required)

  3. Profit!

The problem feature will become visible - your meta account has a reputation of its own!

133 on meta, 488 on main??? See it without markup on it here.

If you are wondering what is going on here, this is what happened: A Stack Overflow employee saw this question (animuson?) and even though is shown, the Stack Overflow team secretly added it (steps to trigger it shown above) and it took 3 years and 6 months for someone (me!) to find it. Somebody (a moderator) should really edit that post to .

Or it could be a bug. Naw.

The Stack Overflow Team should either (#1) Remove this value altogether or (#2) Add it as a useless value to everybody's profile as well so more people can enjoy it (for the coolness factor only, no real effect). Personally, I like the idea of #2 so you can see what your rep would be on meta (no purpose other than looking cool, mind you). You can suggest your opinion in the comments/an answer if you like.

But this isn't a , this is a report, so don't downvote this if you don't like my opinion on how Stack Overflow should handle this.

Anyway, can we fix this bug?

  • Oh, I didn't see that. Sorry. Sadly, nobody answered that question either. :( – Eb946207 Jan 11 '19 at 2:33
  • Re "there is no reputation on any meta site.": How did you arrive at that conclusion? It says "Votes on meta do not affect your reputation; your meta reputation is the same as your reputation on Stack Overflow (synchronized hourly)" – P.Mort. - forgot Clay Shirky_q Jan 11 '19 at 6:15
  • 2012-04-28: From What's happening with reputation on meta sites?: "Realtime reputation updates will be disabled on child metas since you can't really earn reputation on these sites. This will be in the next deploy." – P.Mort. - forgot Clay Shirky_q Jan 11 '19 at 6:24
  • What do you mean by "have reputation on meta"? Separate reputation on meta and the main site (subject to synchronisation problems)? – P.Mort. - forgot Clay Shirky_q Jan 11 '19 at 6:43
  • @PeterMortensen This is not a synchronization problem. It has gone on for days and the number is what my reputation would be if you had separate reputation on meta. – Eb946207 Jan 11 '19 at 22:46