Formerly Reputation requirements compared.

What are the reputation requirements for privileges on the various sites in the network?

Also, how do reputation requirements for various privileges compare on different Stack Exchange sites? Specifically, the following types of sites:

  • Designed sites e.g. Stack Overflow, Ask Ubuntu, Gaming, etc.
  • Public beta and non-designed sites
  • Private beta sites

...as well as any site-specific differences.

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    So Jon has an autographed painting? Where can we see it? – Mark C Nov 19 '10 at 21:54
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    @Mark it's on the blog :) – badp Nov 19 '10 at 22:58
  • At what reputation can a new user begin to suggest edits? 0? Is it the same on meta? – bmike Feb 15 '12 at 16:31
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    @bmike: Probably, since even anonymous users can suggest edits. – Mechanical snail Dec 1 '12 at 8:27


There are three main types of privilege thresholds (sorted from high to low):

Some sites have a unique privilege (level) schema:

Additionally, per-site metas do not have reputation, deriving their reputation straight from their corresponding main site (with some caching).

The three main types are covered in the table below. Some minor changes to individual sites are indicated with a † in the table and explained further below.

Privilege                                 Priv β Public β  Designed
───────────────────────────────────────── ────── ──────── ─────────
Participate in meta                            5        5       5†
Skip lecture on how to ask                     -        -      10†
Create community-wiki answers                 10       10      10
Remove new-user restrictions¹                  1       10      10†
Vote up                                        1       15      15
Flag posts                                    15       15      15
Post self-answered questions                  15       15      15
Comment everywhere                             1       50      50†
Set bounties                                  75       75      75
Edit community wikis                           1      100     100
Vote down                                      1      125     125†
Create tags                                    1      150     300†
Vote in moderator elections                    -      150     150♦
Association bonus²                           200      200     200
Shown in network reputation graph and flair  200      200     200
Shown as "beta user" on Area 51              200      200       -
Reduced advertisements                         -        -     200
Reputation leagues, top x% link in profile   201      201     201♦
Qualify for first Yearling badge             201      201     201♦
View close votes³                              1      250     250
Run for moderator                              -      300     300†
Access review queues⁴                        350      350     500†
See vote counts                              100      750    1000
Edit freely, SE and LQP queue⁵               500     1000    2000
No popup asking to comment when downvoting  2000     2000    2000♦
Non-nofollow link in user profile⁶          2000     2000    2000
Suggest tag synonyms                        1250     1250    2500
Vote to close and reopen                      15      500    3000
Review tag wiki edits                        750     1500    5000
Moderator tools⁷                            1000     2000   10000
Reduce captchas                             1000?    2000   10000
Protect questions                           1750     3500   15000
Trusted user⁸                               2000     4000   20000
Access to site analytics                    2500     5000   25000
† Some site-specific change applies (see "Site-specific changes" below)
- The privilege does not apply at this stage
♦ Privilege is purely reputation-based; being a ♦ moderator does not suffice
¹ post more than eight hyperlinks (50 on Skeptics); less rate limiting; post images†
² +100 reputation on any associated account once you reached this on any site
³ see and cast close and reopen votes on own questions
⁴ access the first-posts, late-answers, and triage (SO only) review queues
⁵ edit posts of others without review; access suggested-edits, low-quality, and help-and-improvement (SO only) review queues
⁶ the website link in your profile has a rel=nofollow attribute if you have less than 2000 reputation, to make it not count for SEO purposes
⁷ see deleted posts, reviews of others; moderator tools (various information); vote to delete questions two days after closure
⁸ edit tag wikis without review; vote to delete negatively scoring answers; vote to delete closed questions with −3 or lower score without delay

Site-specific changes:

  • At the moment, only Stack Overflow, Mathematics, and Meta Stack Exchange require new users to go through a tutorial before being allowed to ask.

  • Stack Overflow for Teams users can participate in Meta Stack Overflow with just 1 reputation. Additionally, some sites allow 1-rep users to participate in meta. The list of sites may change, but currently they are:

  • On all other sites, you can ask a question about your own post on the site's per-site meta with just 1 reputation.

  • Only the following sites require 10 reputation to embed images (everyone can upload and link images, but embedding requires reputation):

    • Stack Overflow
    • Server Fault
    • Super User
    • Ask Ubuntu
    • Mathematics
  • Commenting everywhere on Meta Stack Exchange is already allowed at 5 reputation. On Stack Apps, there is no threshold at all.

  • Downvoting on Meta Stack Exchange is allowed at 100 reputation, not 125.

  • The First Posts and Late Answers review queues don't exist on Meta Stack Exchange (and all per-site metas), so on Meta Stack Exchange, the minimum requirement to access any review queue is 2,000. (For this reason, the privilege page on this site states that 2,000 is the minimum requirement.)

  • Tag creation on regular sites requires 300 reputation, except for:

  • Running for Stack Overflow moderator requires 3000 reputation and certain badges. On Mathematics, the minimum reputation is 1000.

Privileges not tied to a specific threshold

  • To answer protected questions, you need to gain 10 reputation on the site – the association bonus does not count. In other words, the reputation threshold for answering protected questions if you have the bonus is 110, not 10. (Being a ♦ moderator does not suffice.)
    • This does not apply on per-site metas, where you can answer protected questions if you have at least 10 rep on the main site, even if you earned it through the association bonus. (Again, being a ♦ moderator won't allow you to answer unless you have the required rep.)
  • For every 1,000 reputation after gaining the moderator-tools privilege, you gain another delete vote.
  • For every 2,000 reputation, you get one bonus flag per day. (You also gain bonus flags for casting helpful flags.) (Flags are capped at 100 per day for comments and 100 per day for posts.)
  • If you have a gold tag badge for a certain tag, you can bindingly close and reopen questions using that tag as duplicates, and can modify the duplicate links on such questions, within limits that prevent gaming the system.
    • Specifically, the privilege works like this: consider all the tags currently on a question. Eliminate those tags that you don't have a gold tag badge for, and eliminate those tags that you were the first one to add in (per the revision history). You can exercise the privilege if and only if there is at least one tag remaining.
  • Having a network-wide flair requires at least 200 rep on a specific site; having ♦ moderator or staff rights does not confer this ability.
  • Only moderators and staff members may add, remove, or change red ("moderator-only") tags (e.g. ) on meta questions.
  • Stack Exchange staff members have certain privileges that are granted to them with their staff bit, which they can use without necessarily being a moderator, plus some additional privileges that are not granted to any users (including moderators).

When reputation thresholds change

When a site moves from one phase to another, there is no grandfathering of privileges of any kind. You'll immediately be held to the new thresholds and lose any privileges you no longer qualify for.


There are three chat domains:

  • Stack Overflow
  • Meta Stack Exchange
  • Stack Exchange (everything else)

Your chat privileges are based on your reputation in the respective domain. Stack Overflow Chat and Meta Stack Exchange Chat use your reputation on the respective sites. The algorithm for calculating reputation on Stack Exchange Chat is a little more complicated:

  • If you have at least 20 reputation on a single site but lack the network-wide association bonus rights, your SE chat reputation will simply be the sum of all your reputation on all sites.

  • If you do have the association bonus rights, your SE chat reputation will be the sum of your reputation of all accounts on which you have at least 200 reputation.

  • If you don't have at least 20 reputation on a single site, your SE chat reputation will be equal to the sum of your rep on all sites, minus the number of sites on which you have accounts, plus 1.

The first and third criteria were implemented to ensure that in order for users to talk in chat, they must have at least 20 reputation on a single site, or have earned 20 aggregate rep points overall on different sites (only counting the default 1 for signing up once).

Reputation earned on sites with site-specific chat servers (Stack Overflow and Meta Stack Exchange) does count toward the total reputation earned for the general Stack Exchange chat server.

Note that it may take a few hours for your chat reputation to update on all chat servers, so you may have enough rep for a privilege but not have it because your chat profile hasn't updated yet.

Chat and show avatar*           20
Create a chat room             100
Create a gallery chat room    1000
Review chat flags            10000

* Show your actual avatar instead of an "anonymous" avatar in chat rooms.

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    This proves that StackExchange should support tables somehow in their answers/questions – OverCoder May 30 '16 at 18:04
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  • I should note that the Unicorn shirt is no longer given away at 200k rep, but Stack Exchange has given them away as one-offs recently like here (I got this one directly from the printer). – JAL Feb 10 '17 at 12:42
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    @JAL Further note that we're not printing any more of these and most of them are gone now. :) – Adam Lear Feb 10 '17 at 19:17
  • Stack Overflow isn't that different from the other sites. There are more sites with a deviating level for tag creation, and running for moderator is the only other difference. I'm going to merge the last two columns. – Glorfindel Jul 16 '17 at 16:23
  • Is there a way to make the "privilege" chart, which is a <pre>, have a style specifying the height (in "em"s) so that it doesn't end up with a scroll bar for the two last lines? – Ray Butterworth May 12 '19 at 14:05
  • Is it more complete if put reputation of 1 in there? – WXJ96163 Mar 3 at 11:53
  • What about "comment voting"? in which reputation can one do it? – aminabzz Mar 12 at 16:30
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    @aminabzz Upvoting comments shares the rep requirement with post flagging, so at the moment, it's 15 rep. – Adam Lear Mar 12 at 19:58
  • Could this be any more simpler, NO. +1 – Baba Yaga Aug 26 at 19:24

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