I've just reached 30 reputation on my Stack Overflow account, and am now being shown a banner saying "Congrats, you've gained the privilege – vote up learn more"

That is great, except you get vote up rights at 15.

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    How long ago was it that you reached 15 reputation? i.e. what kind of time window are we talking about here? – Ether Nov 17 '10 at 0:38

If we only showed you that you gained a privilege at the exact point you had that amount of reputation, many people would miss the notification.

For example:

  • Some people may never have 15 reputation (they may get 11 and then be upvoted to 21).
  • Some people may reach 15 rep and shortly after be upvoted to 25.

The system tracks when a rep threshold is reached and then notifies the user, once, of the new priv. The user then can dismiss the notification and it will never be shown again. Sometimes the rep levels match exactly, sometimes they are higher and very rarely they are lower.

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