Why are askubuntu.com and meta.askubuntu.com considered as same Stack Exchange site (Same Reputation points on both site), while stackoverflow.com and meta.stackoverflow.com are considered as different sites (Different Reputation points on both sites)

  • It's not is it? On my askubuntu account I have different reputation to my meta account. Commented Apr 11, 2013 at 8:27
  • @handuel - Are you sure you have different reputation points? My reputation score reflects across askubuntu.com and meta.askubuntu.com. Only badges earned are different.
    – user110837
    Commented Apr 11, 2013 at 9:26
  • Ah, I think I just needed to clear my cache, I was a few points down on meta, but I did a uncached reload and it's the same. Commented Apr 11, 2013 at 9:28
  • Note for future readers: Meta Stack Exchange is now the meta site for the entire network, while Meta Stack Overflow is the meta site for just Stack Overflow.
    – V2Blast
    Commented Aug 25, 2022 at 0:17

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Because MSO is special. It was the first meta site and handles all the suggestions and bugs for the entire SE network, not just SO.

I think if they had the choice to start over, they'd probably make it rep-free like the rest of SE's metas but there you go. There's no going back without annoying a load of people.

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