I just flipped over to meta for the first time and started browsing & voting, and my rep (but not my badges) carried over from programmers. Is this the way it's supposed to work? I would expect that my "score" would either carry over in entirety or not at all, and I'd start on meta with 0 rep and 0 badges...


Reputation does, badges don't: it's . However, there's a lag time between the time you gain rep on the main site and when it reflects as your rep total on meta.


It's a trade-off between starting with nothing and having nothing to gain by participating.

The reason repuation does transfer is so that you have the same privileges here, as well as others being able to see your main-site participation. By consequence you gain no reputation from Meta.

Badges don't transfer so that you can still earn something here.

  • But the "Quorum" badge on programmers can only be earned via actions on meta. So does this badge transfer the other way from meta to programmers?
    – G__
    Feb 9 '11 at 22:34
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    You can see in meta.programmers.stackexchange.com/badges that there is no Quorum badge on Meta.
    – Nicole
    Feb 9 '11 at 23:19
  • Yes, I get that there is no quorum badge on Meta. What I don't get is that on Programmers, I earned a quorum badge for THIS post here on Meta. Why am I earning badges in Programmer for an action taken solely on Meta? It seems more intuitive to me that the quorum badge should exist ONLY on meta...
    – G__
    Feb 11 '11 at 2:16
  • @Greg the point is to provide some insight from main into a user's participation in meta. You shouldn't think of them as two separate and equal sites. Your member record as a whole involves both together.
    – Nicole
    Feb 11 '11 at 2:40
  • I buy it. Thanks for the explanation.
    – G__
    Feb 11 '11 at 5:21

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