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Should upvoted questions/answers on Meta.J.SE gain the writer reputation points? If yes, should they be worth the regular +5/+10 or have different values?

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    Should? I'll let others answer that. But, by design, they don't. – msh210 Dec 5 '11 at 6:08
  • @msh210 Well it seems they might. See here and my comment to Rebbeca's answer below. – Double AA Jan 22 '12 at 9:01
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From the FAQ of any of the child metas:

Reputation here is entirely derived from the parent website; your reputation is the same as your reputation on the parent website, synchronized hourly. Votes here do not affect your reputation in any way. However, you can earn unique badges here on the meta site.

(Please note that offensive penalties, if levied by the community through spam or offensive votes on your posts here, will affect your reputation on the parent website.)

This has a couple consequences:

  • Users have the same powers on the meta site as the parent site. The more someone is vested in the parent site, it stands to reason that that should follow on the meta site.
  • Everything drives from the parent site, which is at is should be. The meta site doesn't exist as a place to gain rep.
  • You can cast votes more freely based on the content of the post without it affecting rep.

We feel that the above points are important enough to not have a separate reputation system on the child metas.

You can also earn badges on the meta site that are independent of badges from the parent site. Mortarboard is the first example that comes to mind relating to your rep. Other badges like Good/Great Question/Answer etc relate to upvotes. These badges can be used to see how involved someone is on the meta site itself.

There is also a blog entry that discusses the per-site metas.

  • Motarboard requires +200 reputation in one day. How does that work on meta? Is it just 20 answer upvotes / 40 question upvotes in one day (ie "as if" points)? How can one check how they are doing? (I note you are the only one on this meta with the Motarboard badge :) ) – Double AA Jan 22 '12 at 8:59
  • Yes, it's "as if" points. See also this (now-fixed) bug. – msh210 Jan 22 '12 at 16:05

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