I got 5 upvotes on my question on the discussion session of the Memes proposal. My rep hasn't budged, and is still only 51 (1 for signing up, and one for confirming my email address. Why didn't the upvotes give me points, as they would on any other part of SE?

More generally how do points work on Area51, compared to SO, and the rest of SE?


There is no reputation awarded for posts in the discussion section. The discussion section is equivalent to a meta support site you see associated with each Q&A (i.e. meta reputation is derived from your reputation on the main Q&A site).

According to your profile, you have not posted any example questions.

The FAQ lists the ways to earn reputation in Area 51 — What is Reputation?

If other users like your contributions, you'll earn:

  • Proposal is followed or committed to +5
  • Question is voted up (useful) +5
  • Question is voted down (not useful) -2
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    By the way, I think that -2 for down voted questions is discutable. Indeed, good examples help to enlarge the scope of a proposal while bad examples help to narrow it. So somehow, both contribute to the proposal definition. Nevertheless, there would be a need to separate bad questions from trolls, spams and others which might be very tedious. – Surb Jun 28 '17 at 18:37
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    @Surb The reputation model was derived from our Q&A sites which doesn't really translate/work well here. We need a better model for site creation, but it would be something completely different than what you see today. It's not something we're actively developing now, but what we have here seems to work. See What's going on with Area 51 – Robert Cartaino Jun 28 '17 at 19:18

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