Given that there are several other fairly-active SE-based sites, with high-rep users, would it be reasonable to count that rep in the commitment phase? I presume it's technically possible, given that all of the sites are owned by SO (but could be wrong).

For instance, I don't have a lot of rep on SO, but have a fair amount on UnityAnswers (as do a lot of other people). So we should have a good understanding of the site mechanics, which seems to be what you're looking for when people commit.

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None of those sites are owned by Stack Overflow. They are privately owned so we don't even have the right to access their database on that basis.

But even if we received special permission from the site owners, the code bases are different and the databases are different between Stack Exchange and the legacy sites. While it's not technically impossible to link the two, it would be terribly impractical.

  • I understand the desire to do everything automatically, but could exceptions be made on a case by case examination? SharePointOveflow.com is publicly accessible and it is easy to see that there is enough interest in it to move to a beta in the Area51 process.
    – Tom Resing
    Mar 9, 2011 at 16:33

I hereby grant permission to access the MathOverflow database for this purpose, and furthermore offer to prepare a list of users and reputations in any format desired. :-)

  • Have you had any response from the SO people? Jun 25, 2010 at 10:22
  • No. I'm not too surprised, it's mostly unnecessary work for them, to be fair. Jun 25, 2010 at 23:19
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    In case it makes a difference (I suspect it doesn't), I hereby extend the same offer. Jul 11, 2010 at 5:54

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