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When I do a Web search and find a good answer on yet another website in the StackExchange family that requires a separate registration, I find that I am back to square one in terms of "reputation", so I cannot do several things, such as post comments.
Strangely, I am able to post answers but not comments, so the pressure is on to phrase my comment as an answer even if technically it is not an answer. StackExchange is a great place to go to get shamed by all the people who know exactly what the rules are and don't hesitate to let me know that I'm breaking them. Is it worth this aggravation to try to help people in spite of these unfortunate rules? StackExchange can be a very unfriendly place!
What is the rationale behind this functionality, which has caused me frustration so many times? And can anything be done to eliminate the separate registrations, or at least to eliminate the annoying return to zero reputation?
How about adding a button that simply adds 15 to someone's reputation? That would solve the problem for me while saving face for those in control at StackExchange.