I've just signed up to Electronics and Robotics and in a couple of minutes I got +100 on Stack Overflow site (Notification and Rep) *.

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I had 16 accounts before signing in to Electronics and Robotics, so it's a little bit suspicious that the StackOverflow +100 trigger kicked in so much lately.

* is it something I could exploit to gain free reps :)?

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    Try it and let us know :)
    – Favonius
    Dec 17 '10 at 8:42
  • Did you actually get the 100 rep or did it just display the Notification. If you got to stackoverflow.com/reputation does it show the bonus being awarded? Dec 17 '10 at 8:45
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    R U offended by getting additional 100 rep? :) Because I wonder why this question is tagged bug? Dec 17 '10 at 9:03
  • @Barry Notification and real sweet Rep :) Dec 17 '10 at 9:19
  • @Robert oh well, I did not find the charity tag Dec 17 '10 at 9:49

Your Stack Overflow account had been associated in the past, but never received the rep bonus - have a happy holiday :)


There is no exploit, you only get this once per account.


  • you have a single account with +200 rep and you create another (on a different SE site), you get +100 on both sites. The first to encourage you to associate and participate and the second to give you a little head start.
  • next you start and associate an account on a third SE site. You get the +100 on the new account but not on the original account.

So you only get +100 for each SE site once.

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    This may be true for a user that has an account on StackOverflow and then links to a new site (total of 2 accounts) but @Systempuntoout has a total of 17 related accounts? Dec 17 '10 at 9:06
  • @Barry, if he got the +100 several times on a single site, it is a bug. But the question has no information on that part. Dec 17 '10 at 9:09
  • @Gamecat It is simple to know: when system.out goes to his reputation audit, the second line should read: -- bonuses (100).
    – badp
    Dec 17 '10 at 9:12
  • @radp yep, as I said in the question I got the Notification and +100 rep. Anyway my reputation audit says -- bonuses (100). Dec 17 '10 at 9:18
  • @Gamecat As well said by Barry, I have 17 different accounts and I have received that Notification several times but this is the first time I get it on the first site I signed in one year ago: SO. Dec 17 '10 at 9:23
  • @systempuntoout, ok then you got the notification a little late. But still, if you have only one +100 per account, there is no exploit. Dec 17 '10 at 9:29
  • @Gamecat oh, strange but could be. Dec 17 '10 at 10:00
  • Does this process happen when a user has a single account in three different sites initially and all three are below 200 and say after a year one of them crosses 200 , so does the user get +100 for each of the sites ?
    – stud
    Mar 7 '15 at 5:46

Yes, with 30 associated sites you can get 3,030 free reputation for Area51 committal purposes.

That's pretty much it.

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    Case in point: my associated accounts. I don't see anything wrong with that. (It's not like I don't participate in all those sites at all. I visit each and every single one of them quite regularly and leave an occasional upvote here and there, which we definitely do want.)
    – ЯegDwight
    Dec 17 '10 at 9:51
  • @RegDwight I wasn't accusing you or anything :)
    – badp
    Dec 17 '10 at 9:53

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