My Area 51 account, which is the first StackExchange site I signed up for, has more than 200 reputation. However, none of the new accounts I've added since then have received the +100 bonus that is referred to in almost every FAQ.

I've tried un-linking and re-linking the accounts as most answers here about bonus reputation suggest, but to no avail. I was also unable to find an existing question with my precise situation--and definitely not one that was tagged with both the linked-accounts and area51 tags. The closest one I've found was 4 months old and required staff intervention.

Does Area51 not grant that bonus to other sites intentionally, or is this a bug?


This is by design at the moment; Area 51 is important, but it's not Q&A.

  • Unfortunately Area 51-ers often have to go ask meta-questions on other sites as part of the process--something they don't start with the permission to do. For example I had to ask this question in non-meta and have someone else move it. After migration I didn't even have enough reputation to comment on it! – eMansipater Apr 14 '11 at 9:04
  • Given that any skills of "being helpful" which would transfer from mechanics to rpg are currently being incentivised, might be worth it to assume the same for Area 51. – eMansipater Apr 14 '11 at 9:13
  • @emans I would urge you to get +200 on any network Q&A site :) – Jeff Atwood Apr 14 '11 at 9:18
  • I certainly will. But Area 51 just happens to be how I discovered Stack Exchange. It's the order of things that has slowed me down. – eMansipater Apr 14 '11 at 9:20
  • @eman I love Area 51 and it is absolutely central to everything we do, but so is expert Q&A -- that's our bedrock, and experience with Q&A is essential to understanding what goes on at Area 51 and every other stackexchange.com/sites – Jeff Atwood Apr 14 '11 at 9:27

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