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Why isn't reputation passed between Stack Exchange sites?

I have cross-linked accounts on several stack exchange sites (Stack Overflow, Meta Stack Overflow, Super User, Ask Ubuntu), but unfortunately the reputations are tracked independently. Couldn't they be merged? That is, one reputation score for all account avatars?

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    That's a feature, not a bug
    – Ivo Flipse
    Commented May 9, 2012 at 16:42

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No, that wouldnt be a good idea because your skills in one field do not reflect your skills in others

Example: I could be a moderately skilled person where topics from superuser are concerned

Does not in any way mean that I have any skills in Ubuntu or say anything about my English skills


This has been answered somewhere. (edit ... here)

I believe the argument is that just because you are an expert on computers, it doesn't make you an expert of cookery. Having your computer reputation show up on cookery might give people there a misleading impression of your expertise and reliability as a source of cookery advice.

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    I'm fairly certain you wouldn't want to trust me with cooking for someone else :P
    – slhck
    Commented May 9, 2012 at 16:55

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