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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.

marked as duplicate by Catija Feb 11 at 15:52

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    Just to check - are you aware of the association bonus? Courage... 105 points to go :) – Jenayah Feb 11 at 15:51
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    And BTW, commenting with answers never ends with positive results. I see quite a few meta posts like this which later get deleted. You need to understand that we require 50 reputation to comment for a very good reason. There would be so much spam otherwise, I don't even want to imagine it. – Supa Mega Ducky Momo da Waffle Feb 11 at 15:58
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    There is a button that adds 15 rep to someone, but it's only available to question askers, and can only be applied to a single answer for each question. – fbueckert Feb 11 at 16:01
  • Blueberry, want to eliminate spam? Do it directly; don't punish newcomers! Direct action: use one of the anti-spam programs that already exist for use in websites. Don't like that? Add a "spam flag" so that moderators (or users if you have no moderators) can vote that the posting contains spam (and only spam). A vote over the threshold suppresses or even deletes the posting. That way you can eliminate spam without stifling actual contributions. – David Spector Feb 11 at 16:15
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    @DavidSpector We already have systems in place to limit spam. The thing about comments is that there's no way to review them. So allowing anyone and everyone to post comments quickly means we would get inundated with spam, without a clear way to take care of it. Just handwaving away the issue with, "Just use an anti-spam program" shows no understanding of how the system currently works, or the issues inherent with changing it to suit you. – fbueckert Feb 11 at 16:21
  • This post is marked as a duplicate, but its main point is that the reputation is reset when using a new StackExchange website for the first time, even when the user has good reputation on other StackExchange websites. Neither of the "duplicate of" links points to an answer that discusses this main point of the current question. – David Spector Feb 11 at 16:22
  • fbueckert, 1. I did not just discuss using an anti-spam program, some of which work better than others. I also discussed adding a flag that would automatically delete spam, with the help of the entire world community. 2. My complaint was not just to obtain a solution that would suit me, but also to help the many people who have complained about these issues and have been systematically scolded and/or ignored. I have seen such complaints time and time again! – David Spector Feb 11 at 16:25
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    @DavidSpector And out of all of them, yours included, did you make an attempt to learn why the system works the way it does? Please, try to learn the reasoning behind the system before trying to change it. Once you do so, you learn quickly that we have very good reasons why, and what you can do about it. – fbueckert Feb 11 at 16:27
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    @DavidSpector There's no "reset" of reputation. You start new with every distinct SE site, either with 1, or 101as association bonus if the community trusts you being familiar enough with Stack Exchange already. – πάντα ῥεῖ Feb 11 at 17:47
  • I thought that answering some questions would increase my reputation. But so far today, my reputation has decreased by one point. If StackExchange wasn't the best forum for computer questions, I'd stop using it entirely. And I do call it a "reset" when I visit a StackExchange website and suddenly my reputation is near 0. – David Spector Feb 11 at 20:06
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    Yes, our suggestion is to get to 200 rep because that solves your issue with being unable to comment. Some time spent trying to understand how the system works would also be very useful, as your comments are showing misunderstandings about how we work here, as well. – fbueckert Feb 11 at 20:29
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    I'm aggravated when we're called a forum. We're a Q/A site. Big difference. – rene Feb 11 at 20:34
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    Let me try to answer your title: If I would keep my privileges across the network I would be as privileged on Season Advice as I'm now on Stack Overflow. I can assure you: I'm a mediocre developer that can't cook. Let alone that I know anything about Korean Language. While it is tempting sometimes to have and use these privileges on sites I'm not participating I would be very uncomfortable and so would be my peers if I start closing questions on say Outdoors.se. – rene Feb 11 at 20:44
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    @DavidSpector: "I've been contributing to these websites for years and have less than 100 points." But you've been contributing by providing mostly low-quality answers to very old questions, which is why other people aren't voting for them. We don't care about how long someone has contributed; we care about the quality of those contributions. And yours haven't been particularly good. It doesn't take very many good answers to reach 200 rep; you simply have to provide good answers, preferably not to old, poor questions. – Nicol Bolas Feb 12 at 6:10
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    @DavidSpector I'm sorry you're having a rough time on Stack Exchange. There are good reasons for the reputation limits for privileges, but the association bonus is meant to be the remedy for people who already "get" SE. There are 173 sites on the network currently; if, among them, you find one on a topic you're interested in and knowledgable about, you can answer some questions there, reach 200 rep, and then not have the new-user restrictions anywhere on the network. Please explore the network; there are a lot of sites on a lot of interesting topics. – Monica Cellio Feb 12 at 16:52