Since the beginning of the month, my reputation acquired in meta website is not taken into account. When someone vote up one of my question/answer, there is no reputation update. Before I was not using meta.

Is there a possible explanation or is there a bug? What can I do to "refresh" my profile?

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    This is by design. From the Meta Help: "Votes on meta do not affect your reputation;"
    – Jake
    Dec 3, 2013 at 13:59
  • @Jake Good to know. I'm interested to know why this design. Is it to avoid polemical posts to have repercussion to reputation?
    – ppr
    Dec 3, 2013 at 14:03
  • Knowing the site better is a matter of affinity but answering the questions is a matter of authority on the subject. So things discussed here more for the house-keeping, bugs, feature requests etc. More of a site usage focus if you will. I think the points are only for getting recognition by technical answers. Though I still don't know why we have points anyway.
    – percusse
    Dec 3, 2013 at 18:28
  • oh and if your reputation changes on the main site it takes some time for meta to update your rep points.
    – percusse
    Dec 3, 2013 at 18:39

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As already mentioned, this is a .

This has also been raised on Meta.SO, where the answer points to a blog entry by Jeff Attwood called New Per-Site Metas; an introduction to per-site metas across the entire network (July 2010):

Reputation is always inherited from the parent site. You cannot gain or lose reputation* on the per-site meta. This also means that some reputation related functions like the rep graph and bounties are not enabled on the per-site meta.

* however, there is one exception: extreme misbehavior on the meta site will affect your parent site reputation. And not in, shall we say, the “good” way.

Meta.SO is considered different (and separate) from SO since it actually addresses network-wide meta-related content, rather that SO-related/specific content.

Having said all this, it is still possible to obtain reputation-related badges on per-site metas. For example, here's a list of Mortarboard badge earners to date:

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I think the motivation behind this is that, eventually, there may be a possibility to switch per-meta sites over to full-fledges sites.

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