Help says:

If you are an experienced Stack Exchange network user with 200 or more reputation on at least one site, you will receive a starting +100 reputation bonus to get you past basic new user restrictions.

So is it a bug or a feature that it is awarded on the site user has established reputation as well? I mean, when I went to StackOverflow to ask some php-specific questions, I expected to have 101 reputation there, but I must admit reputation boost on Drupal Questions was kind of surprise.

The way it is now - isn't it encouraging users just past 200 rep to create accounts that will never be used, just to get 50% of their current reputation for free?


From How does "Reputation" work? (emphasis mine)

You gain reputation when:

  • you associate accounts of two or more Stack Exchange network sites, and at least one of those accounts already has 200 or more reputation: +100 on each site (awarded a maximum of one time per site)
  • Yes, I see that post in meta differs a bit from this site's help on that matter. However, reasoning in help makes more sense to me. And if it's inaccurate, shouldn't it be corrected? – Mołot Jun 14 '13 at 12:53

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