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Privileges are abilities you earn with increased reputation to do and see more on the site. Use this tag for questions about privilege levels and privilege notifications.

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Why do I need 50 reputation to comment? What can I do instead?

Users with less than 50 reputation points cannot write comments on questions and answers that they don't own. Why does this limit exist? But I want to contribute now. What should I do instead? But I ...
145 votes
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What are the reputation requirements for privileges on sites, and how do they differ per site?

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 ...
119 votes
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Lower the amount of reputation needed to comment

This question is a great example of people coming from Google and using answers as comments. I understand the reputation threshold is there to prevent spam, but Answers are just as prone to spam as ...
James McMahon's user avatar
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How does a lurker gain reputation to receive privilege for commenting? [duplicate]

I have been reading Stack Exchange for years - mostly not logged in, and have never posted (this is my first). I'm simply not very talkative, and very good at googling. Recently a few occasions have ...
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Why is it a privilege to view vote counts?

Just curious, why is there a required privilege (especially one as high as 1000) to view vote counts for a post? It's not like someone can mess up a post by just viewing the vote counts. Is it just to ...
GendoIkari's user avatar
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132 votes
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Propose a new 20k reputation privilege [closed]

Right now, the maximum privilege "unlock" is at 10k reputation: We're considering adding a new 20k reputation privilege, but having a hard time figuring out ...
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Propose a privilege to sit in the 500 reputation mark

As determined from earlier discussions, the retag privilege serves a lot more confusion and a lot less of its benefit due to the suggested edit system. It must be done away with. It will be done away ...
Grace Note's user avatar
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204 votes
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Can we allow 7.5K users to suggest tag synonyms without a score of 5 in the tag?

Feature Request: Could 7.5K users have the privilege of proposing synonyms without the 5 upvotes per tag requirement? (in other words unrestricted synonym suggestion) Background: I would like to be ...
M. Tibbits's user avatar
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167 votes
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What privilege should 30k users get?

The last time we lifted the level cap was in 2015. In 2014, we added a unilateral close-as-duplicate power for gold tag badge holders, but no new reputation level. So we've been thinking about giving ...
Jon Ericson's user avatar
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142 votes
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Help us identify micro-privileges for top users

Are you familiar with tapas? These are little appetizers invented in Spain that people enjoy while talking and drinking in the cool of the evening. What makes them so great is that you get a ...
Jon Ericson's user avatar
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36 votes
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Why is the Association Bonus ignored when trying to answer a protected question?

I registered on only to post an answer to this question. However, since it's a protected question, I am not allowed to answer it. (I found this info from here). Worth to mention, I can ...
sharp12345's user avatar
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"You have gained power. Here's how to use it." kind of message

Right now, crossing one of the magical rep borders happens more or less unnoticed. People just gain the particular powers. Now, of course they have eagerly been awaiting this moment, and want to start ...
balpha's user avatar
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Why are 15 reputation points required to upvote?

I think more reputation points should be required to add a new answer than to upvote an existing answer. I don't continually watch for new questions, so usually when I find a question it has already ...
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The Stack Exchange reputation system: What's working? What's not?

Update Thank you everyone for the feedback you have provided. At this time, we will work through the feedback we have received to help us determine where to take our research on reputation next. ...
SpencerG's user avatar
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137 votes
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Empowering tag-badge holders part II - let's look at silver?

Not long ago, we gave folks that have a gold tag badge the ability to instantly mark a question as a duplicate of another. This has worked out exceptionally well in practice. While there have been ...
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Is there a list of SE chat privileges, and the minimum reputation required for those privileges?

Is there a list of privileges that users have on any Stack Exchange chat rooms, and which lists the minimum reputation required for each privilege? If such list doesn't exist, what is the reputation ...
apaderno's user avatar
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48 votes
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What is the best way to increase my reputation and privileges? [duplicate]

I'm not sure if this is a stupid question, but here goes anyway... I have only recently started learning PHP and Javascript and I'm reasonably proficient. One of the reasons I'm so proficient is ...
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Kill the Retag option, use just Edit

For users with 500 < Reputation < 2000, there are two options: "retag" and "edit". It's great that the retag button is there, but it clutters up the question view. There is ...
Undo's user avatar
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How Do I Opt Out of Privileges?

According to multiple mods, gold badge holders can now unilaterally close questions as duplicates. I hold seven gold badges for tags on SO, which means I can, on my own, close questions as duplicates ...
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Can you lose an ability if your reputation falls below a threshold?

For example, if your reputation starts above 50 and then falls below 50, do you lose the ability to leave comments? Or, are privileges forever, once earned?
Michael Goldshteyn's user avatar
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Where is the link to my privileges page?

Am I so myopic as to not see the obvious link somewhere? I came looking for it immediately after seeing King Atwood's post but couldn't find it. It seems appropriate to just put the list on the "...
Geoffrey Zheng's user avatar
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How could a user with 1 reputation point leave a comment?

On this question on Super User … How to Copy Mac files to external NTFS hard drive? … there is a comment: Yes, it is possible. Check out this question:… – ...
slhck's user avatar
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Lower commenting threshold to 1 rep [duplicate]

I know it's like it is for some reason, but on Gaming we get a lot of new users that post comments as answers because they have 1 rep. Is it possible to lower the rep requirement for commenting to 1 ...
juan's user avatar
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I was able to post in chat with less than 20 rep by joining 20 sites

I joined 20 other sites (out of the many) and even with 1 rep was able to post in any of the chatrooms. For example: In ELL, I have just 1 rep and have posted messages in its chat. ell.stackexchange....
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Allow people to answer protected questions if they have earned at least some amount of combined SE rep

The purpose of protected questions is, according to the message presented on such a question, "to prevent 'thanks!', 'me too!', or spam answers by new users." The more verbose "Protected questions" ...
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56 votes
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Notify user when setting a bounty will revoke a privilege

For those who recently acquired privileges through reputation, it would be nice to be notified when starting a bounty which privilege will be revoked if any. Related: Is losing privileges after ...
matpie's user avatar
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Can I submit an edit for approval after earning 2k reputation?

I have now enough reputation points on Stack Overflow to edit every post directly. But sometimes (especially if this is about a field where I'm not savvy, or when I try to edit a question title ...
Paŭlo Ebermann's user avatar
73 votes
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Restrict the delete/undelete vote privilege to once per post

I am aware of the reasons delete has not been restricted before, but the reasoning has begun to unravel on Stack Overflow, where a fairly large pool of users now have access to that privilege. I give ...
Machavity's user avatar
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11 votes
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Why did I (not) receive a message saying I have been granted a privilege even though I (don't) have enough reputation?

The site shown a message saying I have been granted a privilege, but the reputation required for that privilege is higher than the one I actually have. The opposite case can also happen: one can ...
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Does loss of reputation cause loss of privileges? [duplicate]

Do you lose privileges if you lose reputation (e.g. by spending it on bounties) and dip below what you had to reach to gain that privilege? Or, do you get to keep a privilege once it is earned no ...
dqhendricks's user avatar
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Opt in "mentor" privilege at 7.5k

I am suggesting a Mentor privilege at 7.5k. It would be on a per-user per-site opt in basis. At some reputation level (perhaps 7.5k) there could be an opt in "mentor" privilege. If someone opts in ...
Tim's user avatar
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Proposed micro-privilege: site analytics

Remember when I asked a few months ago: Help us identify micro-privileges for top users? The idea was to be able to start rolling these out quickly and not take too much developer and designer time. ...
Jon Ericson's user avatar
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62 votes
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Let's make it easier to get a room

Let's make it easier for people discussing a post in comments to retire to chat, without waiting for comments to pile up until the system prompts them or a moderator acts. There are two main use ...
Monica Cellio's user avatar
50 votes
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Comment on posts that you have an open bounty on, despite reputation [duplicate]

I think it would be very useful. I have a question that I have an open bounty on. Putting up said bounty brought my reputation below the point where I am allowed to comment on other peoples' posts. ...
rurouniwallace's user avatar
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Which SE sites require 10 reputation points to post images?

On most Stack Exchange sites, new users can embed images in posts regardless of reputation. But there are a few sites where embedded images are not accepted from users with reputation less than 10. ...
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Allow 1k users to review close votes, but count them only as 0.25 actual close votes

Wow.... 66.6k close votes at SO, and despite my willingness I cannot assist in revising them. It certainly makes sense that only >3k users who can vote to close can also review these votes, but I ...
Tobias Kienzler's user avatar
21 votes
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Should the create-new-tag threshold be increased? [closed]

There seems to be a general consensus that we have plenty of tags on SO, and I frequently see some to be cleaned up. A script was recently introduced to eliminate single-use tags after 6 months. ...
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15 votes
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I can't review posts anymore—was the minimum reputation changed? [duplicate]

Is it just for me, or has the privilege to review new posts and late answers changed for everyone? I recently started being more active in reviewing, but the rep requirement just shot up and I can ...
Louis van Tonder's user avatar
92 votes
8 answers

Shouldn't a reputation points-less newbie at least be able to upvote a good answer to his/her own questions?

I'm new to Stack Overflow and haven't any reputation points. I just got my first question answered, and I tried to upvote the answer, but I get a popup that says I don't have enough reputation ...
Tom Bushell's user avatar
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Users without commenting privilege can't select the "it doesn't belong here" flag reason; a "404" error box appears when they try

I attempted to flag this question on Christianity.SE... "off topic". Although the initial flag dialog loads correctly, every time I selected the "it doesn't belong here, or is a duplicate" ...
Jeremy's user avatar
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Remove Meta Privilege for MSE (only)

What I am asking here is to please remove the privilege to participate in Meta for MSE. This privilege is literally useless. You can't really have a meta site for a meta site. There's no Meta.Meta.SE ...
Anthony Pham's user avatar
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9 votes
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MSO Review Queue Privileges are Misleading

When I visit Stack Overflow, I see the review option in the bar at the top of the screen. However when on MSO, I don't see it. I assumed this was because I didn't have enough reputation to access the ...
WendiKidd's user avatar
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Make moderator abilities relate to reputation points inflation

I think it is commonly acknowledged that reputation points inflation is occurring on Stack Overflow. As opposed to this meta question, I don't think the inflation is a problem. I think the real ...
Johannes Rudolph's user avatar
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If more users could vote, would they engage more? Testing 1 reputation voting on some sites

Update April 3rd, 2024 We have posted an update on the status of this experiment on MSO. Please leave any feedback, questions, or critiques on that post. TL;DR: We are interested in finding 2-3 Stack ...
Catija's user avatar
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41 votes
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But I don't want "reduced advertising" when I get 200 Rep! [duplicate]

One of the "benefits" of earning 200 rep points is that fewer ads are displayed to you. Instead of seeing three zones (Leaderboard Top, Leaderboard Bottom, and Sidebar), you see only one (Sidebar). ...
Alex Papadimoulis's user avatar
63 votes
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Rep for "view vote count" privilege should be lower (on meta) [duplicate]

1000 rep is required on meta to view vote count breakdown. The reason given is that the query is expensive, and the high amount of rep required limits the number of queries. Whilst this seems fairly ...
Lightness Races in Orbit's user avatar
58 votes
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Please allow users without the close/reopen votes privilege to see the full details of close reasons

Let me first establish what I'm not asking about: I know that there are posts that don't show a specific close reason to anyone when three different reasons were chosen. I know that users who don't ...
41686d6564's user avatar
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45 votes
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What privileges and tools do staff members without a diamond have access to?

I noticed that Teresa's recent announcement's first revision was posted with the featured tag. As we know well, this tag is a moderator-only tag. Regular users cannot apply this tag to a question. ...
Spevacus's user avatar
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17 votes
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Meta Meta Privilege [duplicate]

I just took a look at meta today and noticed something weird in the meta privileges. If you look at the meta privilege list, you can see that at 5 rep you can participate in meta. I know that there is ...
joshua-anderson's user avatar
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Privilege banner buggy? Or am I just confused?

On the main Stack Overflow site, I arrived and had a banner: "Congrats, you've gained the privilege – create wiki posts and 3 other privileges" This confuses me, because I only see two privileges ...
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