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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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. ...
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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 ...
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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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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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SE is breaking the reputation privilege system

For the new genAI site, SE is planning to dramatically lower certain privileges to 1 reputation. This includes allowing every user with 1 rep to up- and downvote as well as comment everywhere. Here (...
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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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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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Is using reputation to scale the number of close votes the best way?

When we were working on the last se-quality-project, I wanted to introduce something into the review system that I still feel is pretty lacking. There's no way to really track your efficacy as a ...
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Make viewing deleted posts and vote counts more widely available on Meta SE

Meta SE is where a lot of discussion about things that affect the entire network take place. While most privileges should be locked behind the usual rep progression, there are some that shouldn't be. ...
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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 ...
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Message for upvotes is misleading

I realized the other day on SciFi & Fantasy SE that the upvote message is misleading. I had joined and asked a question, this one if you were wondering, and tried to upvote an answer. It gave me ...
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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 ...
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New close/reopen privilege explanation for users who earn it for the first time

Earlier this afternoon we released a new feature aimed at educating folks about the "Cast close and reopen votes" privilege when they earn it. Going forward, when a user visits a question after ...
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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. ...
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View site with a specific reputation value (lower than your own of course) or as a specific user (for mods)

To be honest I find it hard to keep up with all the changes, and very frequently I have to go look at the privileges list to see whether a user (that I'm looking at, so I have his reputation value) ...
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I can dispute flags without 10k rep, and so can you! [closed]

So I sent this bug report to SE by e-mail, but they told me to post it here... It seems that anyone can create dispute ("invalid flag") flags on any post, even if they don't have the 10k "moderator ...
Ilmari Karonen's user avatar
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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 ...
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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
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Did all sites just graduate?

Seems like all beta sites just lost the "Beta" status and have increased privilege requirements. I assume this is a bug, what happened here? Did a unicorn ate the wires again? Even though we at Code ...
Simon Forsberg's user avatar
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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 ...
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View an Alert on Close Votes for New Users

Preamble As it stands now, the View Close Votes Priv is granted at 250 Rep. That privilege includes the ability to cast close, open, and migration votes on your own questions. While it makes sense ...
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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. ...
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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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No points for editing after gaining edit rights?

Before you hit 2000 rep on SO, edits to questions and answers are peer reviewed and if accepted, the editor is awarded 2 points. After you hit 2000 rep and gain the ability to edit questions and ...
Jason Towne'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
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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. ...
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New design for the privileges page on meta. Open for feedback

The changes have now been rolled out across the network! Most of these changes are cosmetic. We moved the list into the main content area, increased the font size a little, and used the check marks ...
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At what reputation does a user gain 100% maximum privileges?

While users unlock all possible privileges at 20,000 reputation, their privileges are still "enhanced" as their reputation increases. For instance, An additional delete vote is granted per ...
Alex Lockwood's user avatar
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Strange punctuation in "Congrats, you've gained the privilege" message

On, the privilege banner message is strangely punctuated, and I'm assuming it's the same on other Stack Exchange sites: This wording remains the same with the new inbox/notification system: I ...
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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
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Lost my motivation after 3000 points

So now that I've gotten past 3000 points on Stack Overflow, I don't feel much incentive to keep playing. Nothing new will happen until 10000, which seems unachievable. Shouldn't there be something to ...
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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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Reduce the reputation requirements for editing and approving edits during the very early beta

The current reputation requirement for editing posts or approving suggested edits are 500 reputation during private beta 1000 reputation during public beta Those are very steep hurdles during the ...
Mad Scientist's user avatar
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Can we make clearer to new users that rep barriers aren't meant to be worked-around?

I don't know what the actual text is these days, but can we change the "you do not have enough rep to comment" text to make clearer what this means and why? This week already I've seen several new ...
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Does restricting the number of links for new users do any good?

New users with 1 rep face the following restrictions on all SE sites: What are the new user restrictions? New users cannot: post images post more than two hyperlinks at a time, ...
Mad Scientist's user avatar
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How to get initial reputation on Stack Overflow with the new-user restrictions in place?

I understand that reputation can be gained by answering questions. However, it seems that more often than not the questions do not contain all the required information to give an answer. Since new ...
Eero Aaltonen's user avatar
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Please set user privileges on Meta Stack Exchange based on combined reputation across sites

Meta Stack Exchange (formerly Meta Stack Overflow) is really the “National Capital”, as mentioned in this bit from the New Per-Site Metas blog post: Meta Stack Overflow will serve as the “National ...
Laurence Gonsalves's user avatar
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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 ...
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