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?

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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! Apr 14, 2011 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. Apr 14, 2011 at 9:13
  • @emans I would urge you to get +200 on any network Q&A site :) Apr 14, 2011 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. Apr 14, 2011 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 Apr 14, 2011 at 9:27

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